A persistent heckler on Saturday interrupted the smooth-talking former president Barack Obama as he spoke in Detroit on support of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Obama was ironically bemoaning the growth in acrimonious and occasionally violent political discourse while making reference to the recent assault on Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when a guy in the audience shouted, “Mr. President!”
The initial footage of the event did not make it apparent what the heckler said after that, but Obama’s answer did.
According to Fox News, an irate Obama responded, “Sir, this is what I’m saying,”
“We’ve got a process that we set up in our democracy.”
Obama continued, “Right now, I’m talking. You’ll have a chance to talk sometime later. You wouldn’t do that in a workplace.”
The man’s scream and the ensuing back-and-forth conversation between the two seemed to enrage the crowd as much as it enraged the former president.
The heckler was booed by the audience, who then loudly chanted, “Obama!”
According to the video, the heckler was taken out of the area and escorted away.
Conservative commentator Benny Johnson compared the aftermath of the altercation to the interaction between a new teacher and disruptive students.
He wrote, “Obama trying to get the crowd to pay attention to him after getting heckled reminds me of a student teacher trying to control a classroom,”
Obama trying to get the crowd to pay attention to him after getting heckled reminds me of a student teacher trying to control a classroom 😂 pic.twitter.com/4lu3eB4IzJ
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 29, 2022
As he endeavored to calm the gathering, the former president made an effort to use the incident as a teaching moment.
“Not only is this an example of what I’m talking about,” Obama told the audience, “but it’s also an example of how we get distracted.”
Obama used the example of Dug, the “talking” dog from the Pixar film “Up,” who is easily distracted by a squirrel, to illustrate his point.
He joked, “That’s us with politics.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, Obama was heckled twice during the ceremony.
The upcoming midterm elections will determine whether Democrats can maintain their razor-thin majority in the House and control in the evenly divided Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tie-breaking vote. The former president is currently on the campaign trail.
According to conventional knowledge and polling, Democrats will suffer a crushing election defeat.
On November 8, there will be midterm elections.
More on this story via The Western Journal.