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Video: Obama heckled, responds to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' gay rights heckler in San Francisco


Video: Obama heckled, responds to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' gay rights heckler in San Francisco

President Obama responds to  heckler at San Francisco Barbara Boxer fundraiser

President Barack Obama gave it back to heckler at a Barbara Boxer fundraiser in San Francisco Tuesday night.

The President was speaking before a group of Boxer supporters at the upscale Fairmont Hotel on San Francisco’s Nob Hill.

(See video and slideshow below.)

The president raised $1.7 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Boxer’s campaign took in $600,000. The rest went to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. A second fundraiser was held at the home of Gordon and Ann Getty in Pacific Heights, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive neighborhoods. At the Getty home, 80 donors paid $35,2000 per couple to meet the President and have their pictures taken with him, the Chronicle reported.

At the Fairmont, when a heckler shouted, "Move faster on Don't ask, don't tell!", the President chided that he had seen the same guy at another fundraiser in Los Angeles. Mr. Obama suggested the man read the newspapers and buy a ticket to the fundraiser of someone who has an opposite opinion. President Obama reminded those gathered that he is moving to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Recent polls show that Boxer faces a very tight race against either of her possible Republican opponents, former congressman, Tom Campbell, or Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard chief.

Protesters outside the Fairmont fundraiser made for strange bedfellows. A mix of Tea Party members mixed it up with those on the far left.

Many suggested that the President do more on the Gulf oil leak and questioned why he had time to fly to San Francisco during the height of the crisis in the Gulf. The President assured those gathered that his administration is “doing everything we can.” 

In addressing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"  gay rights heckler, President Obama said he saw the same man in Los Angeles.   The president was referring to an incident on April 21, when he was heckled in Los Angeles.  The heckler shouted out a similar slogan, urging the president to more more quickly in repealing the military's "Don't ask, Don't Tell" anti-gay employment policy.

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