US president Barack Obama heckled at White House gay pride event – ABC Online

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June 25, 2015 20:05:01

US president Barack Obama has been heckled at a White House gay pride event.

The heckler interrupted Mr Obama, who was joined by vice-president Joe Biden, shortly after he started speaking at a reception for LGBT pride month.

“Listen, you’re in my house … you’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this,” Mr Obama said.

Mr Obama said “Shame on you … you shouldn’t be doing this” in response to the heckler who said “Shame on you”.

The heckler continued shouting as Mr Obama requested the man be removed from the room.

The heckler, who was heard shouting “no more deportation”, was reportedly removed from the event.

Making a joke to the crowd, Mr Obama said: “As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers. But not when I’m up in the House.”

“My attitude is if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres and drinking the booze …you know what I’m saying.”

During his speech he praised the work of LGBT rights campaigners.

“There has been this incredible shift in attitudes across the country,” he said.

“When I became president, same-sex marriage was legal only in two states. Today it’s legal in 37 states, and the District of Columbia.”

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June 25, 2015 19:30:30

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