The crowd that attends the annual White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month is generally a welcoming one. That was largely the case on Wednesday for President Obama, save for a rowdy heckler.
Before Obama could get into his speech, he was interrupted by an attendee screaming, “No more deportations.” The President said he’s generally “just fine” with a few hecklers, but that when you’re in his home, you should play by his rules.
“Shame on you,” Obama told the person, who was eventually escorted out by security. “You shouldn’t be doing this.”
The President later joked, as the heckler continued: “You know, my attitude is if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres, you know what I’m saying…” Vice President Joe Biden, who was standing beside him, offered a quick “I do.”
Obama added, “And drinking the booze…”
After the heckler was escorted out, the event carried on. The President, however, was interrupted again later on in his speech. “The transsexuals love you,” an audience member shouted after Obama acknowledged the hardships faced by the transgender community.
To that, he replied, “Well, that’s the kind of heckling I can always accept.”
Check out a clip of the scene at C-Span.