Obama on Medea: “The words of that woman are worth paying attention to”

11.20.CodePink.WDC.8mar03Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin’s heckling of President Obama during his speech at the National Defense University gains her more notoriety than ever before. From Reuters:

“You are our commander in chief. Close Guantanamo Bay!” Benjamin shouted toward the end of Obama’s address.

“Why don’t you sit down and I will tell you exactly what I’m going to do?” Obama replied. “Let me finish my sentence.

He called on Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers and went on to discuss other steps toward closing the prison. He said he was lifting a moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen.

“Release them today!” Benjamin shouted. “It’s been 11 years!”

“Let me finish,” Obama said. “This is part of free speech. You being able to speak, but also me listening, and me being able to speak.”

He was able to continue for a bit but then Benjamin demanded to know why a teenager had been killed by a U.S. drone.

“Can you tell the Muslim people their lives are as precious are our lives? Can you take the drones out of the hands of the CIA? Can you stop the signature strikes?”

By this point, the Secret Service was leading her away, but Benjamin continued yelling as she left. “I love my country! I love the rule of law! The drones are making us less safe! And keeping people in indefinite detention in Guantanamo is making us less safe! Abide by the rule of law! You’re a constitutional lawyer!”

Obama then drew hoots of laughter when he announced he was about to go off script. “The words of that woman are worth paying attention to,”…

[continues at Reuters]


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  • Andrew

    Actually, she’s wrong about the President being “our” commander in chief. He’s commander in chief of the military, not the rest of us.

    • Saaket Dubey

      Your point is a good one, but technically she’s right. It’s “our,” the American populace’s, military. He’s the commander-in-chief of our military, hence our commander-in-chief.

      But you’re right, he isn’t the commander-in-chief of the American people.

      • jgalt63

        It’s far more the military of the Roman Catholic Church today than anything properly considered ‘American’, Saaket. Obama is as much a slave of that crowd as Bush was. Code Pink yammering: diversion from Obamas’ ongoing support of this era’s “enabling acts” (PATRIOT/DHS).

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      good catch.

    • nubwaxer

      so does that make you quibbler in chief or nit picker go f*** yourself?

      • Andrew

        U mad bro?

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    bitches be trippin’

  • Anarchy Pony

    I’ll give Obama this much, he’s got more class than Dubya. Some consolation though…

    • Juan

      He’s got more class, more brains, superior language skills, and he is a more convincing actor. He plays the part far better than the shrub ever could. Too bad he’s just a less offensive corporate sock puppet.

    • BuzzCoastin

      W. was funnier and less believable

      • Anarchy Pony

        I agree.

      • Ittabena

        I believe Colbert and Stewart agree as well.

      • nubwaxer

        all the right wing extremists today and bush before are the bread and butter to numerous comedians; a gift really.

  • festernaecus

    Soooooo sure her parents named her Medea

    • Ittabena

      Oh, yeah. Retroactively after the hit movie came out. My mom tried to rename me Mordecai after re-watching The Flim-Flam Man. I was 48. Not so strange.

    • Andrew

      How parochial.

      • festernaecus

        How supercilious.

  • jman

    Somebody do some homework around here. He said “voice” of that woman, not words. Then went on to say he disagrees with her. C’mon

    • Ittabena

      The source is Reuters. Need I say more? Did my homework on them…

  • Noah_Nine

    he shoulda said “…. shut up lady….do i come to yr work and tell you how to masturbate horses?”

    • Noah_Nine

      or he coulda said…”wow… I remember my first hit of bathsalts…”
      both would have shut her right up…. you can’t let a heckler get the upper hand or you lose the audience… this is comedy 101…. oh wait… obama’s the president, not a comedian…. shit. i always get those confused…