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Obama Heckled Over Gitmo, Drones

May 24, 2013

President Obama's carefully written remarks on the fate of the Guantanamo Bay prison were interrupted Thursday by a loud and insistent protester.

Medea Benjamin of the antiwar group Code Pink called out as Obama outlined steps to close the prison. "You are commander in chief," she said. "You can close Guantanamo today!"

Obama tried to resume: "Let me finish ... let me finish, ma'am. ... I'm about to address it," only to be interrupted again and again.

As Benjamin was escorted from the hall, Obama said her words and those of other protesters have to be taken seriously: "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to. ... These are tough issues, and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong."

Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2013

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