President Obama visited West Hollywood on Monday, and in his first stop, a heckler interrupted him in the first few moments of his remarks. He handled the heckler well, even showing concern that the man may have left his jacket behind.
We’ve included raw video of the interaction above, followed by amusing coverage of the incident by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. A transcript of those moment follows.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. It’s good to be back in sunny California. It is wonderful to be with all of you.
I’ve got a few people I just want to introduce real quick. First of all, thank you, Jesse, for the wonderful introduction. I was telling him Michelle and the girls love them some “Modern Family.” (Applause.) They love that show. In addition, we’ve got the outstanding Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom in the house. (Applause.) West Hollywood Mayor John Duran is here. (Applause.) We’ve got — we must have some members of Congress here. There you go. Dennis — where? Hey, how are you? (Laughter.) I want to thank –
AUDIENCE MEMBER: The Christian God is the only true living God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe –
AUDIENCE: Booo — Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
THE PRESIDENT: Is that his jacket? Is that his jacket? Is that his jacket?
First of all, I agree Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that. I do have a question, though. I think the young man may have left his jacket. (Laughter.) So make sure that he gets his jacket.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s mine.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s yours? Hold on, hold on. It’s hers. (Laughter.) And I think somebody’s car keys are in there, too. See, we’re having all kinds of confusion here. Oh, goodness gracious. There you go. All right, I wasn’t sure. Don’t leave your jacket around like that. (Laughter.)
Well, listen, all right, where was I? It is good to be back in LA. (Applause.) Now, here’s the reason I’m here –
AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!
THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. That’s one good reason. (Laughter and applause.)