Friday, June 04, 2010
Heckling the president: free speech or disrespect?

When rainy weather put a halt to President Obama's Memorial Day speech in Elwood, Illinois, earlier this week, he made a surprise stop inside a shuttle bus carrying some of the crowd. iReporter Brent Ardaugh was on the bus and shared a video of the president's visit. In the video you can hear excited shouts and applause when Obama steps on, but they're followed pretty immediately by loud heckling. Someone shouts "when are you gonna quit?" and "you should be impeached," then calls the president a "liar."

 

The video has made the rounds in the conservative blogosphere, lighting up a heated discussion in the comments on the original iReport video about the appropriateness of such close-range heckling. For example, "Good for the heckler. He speaks for me," from user RobbyRobby. And "I'm a conservative and am appalled at that churlish young man's pathetic bid for attention.  I doubt he'd have been the same smart@ss if a camera hadn't been running," from user seesay.

 

It's certainly not the first time the president has been heckled, and of course not exclusive to the current president, but it has us wondering: if you were sitting a few feet from the president of the United States, would you shout criticism? Should you? Is it disrespectful of the office, or an important measure of free speech? Where do you draw the line? Tell us what you think in the comments.

391 Comments
June 4, 2010
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I do think it is disrespectful. and I didn't like it when it was done to Bush and I don't like it when it's done to Obama and I will not like it when it happens to the next president.

June 4, 2010
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No matter your political philosophy, this is appallingly rude, disrespectful and a frightening indicator of the decline of civility in our culture.  I pray daily for our President's protection and endurance during this time.

June 4, 2010
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The office of President of the United States should always be respected, no matter who holds it. However, this is a ridiculous article. Were people nearly as concerned about how much President Bush was openly heckled or made fun of? I don't recall reading anything about how sensitive people might have been to President Bush's feelings.

June 4, 2010
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At least the red necks didn't try to shoot him. Although, it would have been funny to see secret service sharpshooters blow their brains out.

June 4, 2010
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He holds the office of President of the United States.Show some respect to the office and to our country.

June 4, 2010
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I did not vote for Obama and I never would.  I think he's been a horrible President.  That said, he IS the President and that behavior by the smirking jerk on the bus was appalling.  I am embarassed for him.   

June 4, 2010
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this happened to Bush and the dems didn't say anything.

June 4, 2010
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This is the same thuggish behavior that I see when I go out at night. This looks and sounds just like the young men who push elderly people out of the way to get on trains and buses. You could hear the echo inside his head, as the space is vacant.

June 4, 2010
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Barack Obama is the President of the United States, not a King nor an Emperor.  He was elected by us, by the people, and thus he is beholden to us.  I like him, I voted for him, but people have the right to express their disagreement with his decisions, so long as they don't physically attack him.

June 4, 2010
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I guess I missed the asterisk in the first amendment which indicated that free speech is only acceptable when its "respectful"...

June 4, 2010
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These are just people who want to blame President Obama for their not standing up to Bush.They were to busy spending money on credit cards and letting their jobs go

to China.Now they want to disrespect  Obama that is rude.

 

June 4, 2010
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I think it's a little of both. There is nothing wrong with speaking out against your president if you disagree with him. I disagree with him on almost every topic, so I argue against his ideals a lot. However, there is a difference between standing up for what you believe in and being obnoxious and disrespectful. Even though I disagree with Obama, I still respect him as my president. Arguing with your president's policies is a great way to exercise your democratic right; however, it should be done in a respectful manner.

June 4, 2010
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i would have smacked that dumb bastard upside his head.

June 4, 2010
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Disrespectful - NO WAY - Obama is the worst POTUS we have had for centuries.  As POTUS, he has shown nothing in the way of leadership.  His greatest strengths are bowing to foreigners and enemies of the US. Any heckling he gets, he earned.  I look forward to the next election when he gets thrown out . . . I will work for ANYONE who opposes him . ! . !

June 4, 2010
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I agree with the above who disapprove of the booing, but only when that person has risen to the office within the context of the Constitution.  This BOZO has not.  He deserves rotten tomatoes.

June 4, 2010
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Didn't vote for the man...and I don't think he is doing a very good job.  BUT he is OUR president and as such deserves respect - PERIOD.

 

SidLizard - you're one of those folks who probably screams whenever someone uses a slur against any minority, but freely labels anyone YOU disagree with.  Here's a label for ya..HYPOCRITE.

June 4, 2010
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Disrespectful - NO WAY - Obama is the worst POTUS we have had for centuries.  As POTUS, he has shown nothing in the way of leadership.  His greatest strengths are bowing to foreigners and enemies of the US. Any heckling he gets, he earned.  I look forward to the next election when he gets thrown out . . . I will work for ANYONE who opposes him . ! . !

June 4, 2010
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compupita, you are an ignorant fool...i guess you would have been happy with that old hothead mccain and that she devil palin...moron.

June 4, 2010
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My first thought was "this heckler is a complete jerk".  As he kept going, however, calling the president a "liar" to his face, I was hit with a second thought;  we are SO incredibly lucky to live in a country where this is even possible.

June 4, 2010
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"I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

June 4, 2010
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oh, and does anyone think bush for one minute would have gotten on a public bus to talk to people directly?

June 4, 2010
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This happened to Bush and nobody said anything. You are ALL HYPOCRITES

June 4, 2010
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I am no fan of President George W. Bush. But I would not heckle him if he dropped by to say "Hi". I would be civil and respectful. I would do the same for President Obama. But I would probably be more enthusiastic and smile and say "Hello".

 

The golden rule applies in all matters to all people - treat them the way you would like to be treated - no more no less. So to the hecklers and free speech advocates...if you like being heckled and disrespected in your life...then by all means have at it and heckle the President all you want. Stand and be proud in your uncivility.

June 4, 2010
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A lot of people are saying they never read anything about Bush being heckled.  Those people are obviously not very active in the news world. 

 

Good for the other guy on the bus who told this Jack@ss to "knock it off..." He should have went a step further and punched him square in the mouth. 

 

And why are these people requesting him to be impeached?  What has the President done to even warrant such a consequence? 

June 4, 2010
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This happened to Bush and nobody said anything? I call BS. Bush never put himself in the position of going on a bus filled w/ people whom he had no idea how they would or would not behave. It's pretty well known that anyone attending any of Bush's public events was pretty well screened b4 they were allowed in. What do you mean "nobody" said anything? I doubt it. If none of Bush's supporters condemned it, what does that say?

June 4, 2010
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Sounds like I got somebody's goat. Ha ha ha ha.

June 4, 2010
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I think it disgusting and shows how ignorant and spoiled the Ameerican people have become.  We voted past idiots into office that got us into this mess.  If you all want out then you need to step up to the plate and vote and do something intelligent about it.  I say put up or shut up!

June 4, 2010
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motion to change your name to SidTroll

June 4, 2010
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Whether it is the President or a random stranger, respect should be used no matter what.

June 4, 2010
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I agree that this was rude and disrespecful, BUT, you can also hear and see that Obama has taken this opportunity to give a speech and lecture this captured audience on the bus.  So, in my opinion, he is also disrespecting these people's time, so he go what he deserved. 

June 4, 2010
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Wow. Why would he get on a bus? What if someone had a weapon seriously.

June 4, 2010
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I am on the fence honestly. I respect the office of the president. I did not like seeing the booing that Bush got at his various state of the union addresses because it was rude, much like when the senator yelled "Lier!" to Obama.

 

However, in public we do have a freedom of speach and for everyone but the social elite, movie stars, political figures and super wealthy, it is  not like the adverage person gets much of a chance to tell the president what he, or she thinks. (Don't tell me to write the WH, he reads nearly none of his mail)

 

I am curious though, CNN, did you write a piece asking the same question when President Bush was in Office?

 

 

June 4, 2010
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Compupita, CNN should quit posting your repeated duplicate comments. Centuries, huh? You do know how many centuries this country has existed don't you? It's less than three. So who was worse, in your mind?

June 4, 2010
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ATTI...Can you please explain how he Barack is unconstitutionally holding the office of President of The United States?  Its ignorant comments like yours that encourages just this type of behavior.  You would have preferred to have a man with one foot in the grave and woman who just barely has command of the english language....u gotta be kidding me!!!!

June 4, 2010
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I am of the opinion that it is disrespectful to the Office of the President. If a person has a beef with the President he has the right to have that beef, however, if you have no respect for the man, you should respect the Office he holds. I did not think much of President Bush but I gave him his due respect as our President. I did not vote for him but by virture of his win, he became my President too and I gave the respect to the position he held.

 

Many young people do not realize that when they see service members saluting officers the person is not being saluted but they are giving a salute of respect and honr to the rank of the person wearing said rank.

 

People need to be taught more about respecting the position a person holds but when you see adults being so disrespectful it is easy to understand young people having no respect for others. As a young person, had I been disrespectful like some are today my parents would have handed me my head in my hands and all I could have done would have been to apologize to the person I disrespected and apologize to my parents for embarassing them in such a manner. Do I blame the young people for these actions today? No I do not. I blame the parents or the lack of parenting for what we are seeing today from our young people.

June 4, 2010
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"I am curious though, CNN, did you write a piece asking the same question when President Bush was in Office?"

 

of course not. and they certainly wouldn't have made it front page.

June 4, 2010
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Seriously, there is nothing wrong with expressing yourself. However, these kids make Americans look stupid. I mean the best they can do is, "Whener you gonna quit, liar!" They didn't criticize a policy or an action; they did the equivalent of flinging feces at their own President. 

June 4, 2010
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People who heckle display a lack of breeding. It just shows how stupid they are. Similiar to the teaparty baggers of last summer most of whom are Republicans but are ashamed to identify themselves as such.

June 4, 2010
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Employers added 431,000 jobs in the month, up from 290,000 jobs added in April. It was the biggest gain in jobs since March 2000.

go to: money.cnn.com/2010/06/04/news/economy/jobs_may/index.htm?hpt=T2

 

this just prove most of the action toward Obama are mostly racial. When i was in college we did not like Bush at all, but when he came to my school Georgia Southwestern State University nobody heckled him, because he is still the president.

June 4, 2010
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Why are we even questioning this situation? IT IS FREE SPEECH. We have a precedent set down from the overturning of the Alien and Sedition acts from John Adams (our second president). It is not a criminal offense to speak poorly of the President or other government officials.

 

That said on a personal level it is disrespectful. Interupting a person when they are trying to speak is just rude. But the bottom line is it's not illegal and no negative repurcussions outside of arguing with the heckler should be done. If the person is disturbing a formal debate or speech than removal would be ok, but only as a last resort.

June 4, 2010
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Disrespectful. Yet still free speech. I can only imagine if the person that did the heckling was in office, there would be at least one of him out there somewhere wanting to do the same thing to him that he just did to Obama. You can't make everyone happy. Never the less, still disrespectful. (But a large group of Americans are disrespectful, and you'll never be able to do a thing about it)

June 4, 2010
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The fact that somebody voted for this guy, shows that they didn't do their homework very well. I don't even acknowledge this guy as my President. As far as the records can tell, he is an immigrant that has never been made to produce those important documents that would disprove all the speculation. This male's voice in the background echoes many American's sentiment. More American's should take heed to this outcry.

June 4, 2010
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"Employers added 431,000 jobs in the month, up from 290,000 jobs added in April. It was the biggest gain in jobs since March 2000."

 

How many of those jobs are US census takers? I remember reading somewhere it was around 300K. ok maybe I am off and say it is 200K census jobs so figuring those are temp jobs do we count them as 200-300k jobs LOST at the end of the census cycle?

 

I hate it when numbers get spun for politics. Now let us see the real numbers...

 

 

June 4, 2010
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I certainly belive in freedom of speech.  We cannot shut this ignorant child's mouth, but given the occasion and the reason why everyone was present his actions were in the poorest of taste.  Civility and decency are sorley lacking in our public discourse.  All those present had lost loved ones to war, that was simpley not the place for such behavior.

June 4, 2010
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It takes guts to stand up to a modern-day Nero like Obama. If more Americans acted to defend our nation and our Constitution, we could heckle and boo Obama right out of the White House. Then, we can deal with all of the emergency disasters we have in this country, such as the environmental one caused by Obama's fav corp., BP. As long as Obama thinks that Americans are in awe of him, he will continue to do nothing as president for this country, except look for photo ops with the rich and famous. So heckle and BOO, Americans, and by all means impeach Obama!!!

June 4, 2010
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@Neoritter: No one is saying they committed a criminal act. We are expressing OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH by saying these trust fund babies yelling at their commander in chief are bad examples to other Americans.

June 4, 2010
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Did the guy heckle Bush too?

June 4, 2010
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This is common sense, of course its disrespectful. I'm sure his mother taught him better. Speaking of his mother, what if I walked up to her and called her everything except a child of GOD right in front of him. Free speech right, or am I wrong in those actions. They definitely would call for impeachment if Mr. Obama walked to the back of the bus and insulted the heckler. Oh I forget, we the people only want the rights and laws to apply when convenient or if it makes us feel right. Seems free speech isn't for any public figure and we hide behind that.

June 4, 2010
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lagtat said, "i would have smacked that dumb bastard upside his head." - I'm confused...are you talking about the heckler or the President?

 

June 4, 2010
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@SidLizard - this debate goes down that route though. Do you know why the Alien and Sedition Act included the rule that criticizine the President was treasonous? Adams' wife didn't like her husband being made fun of and disrespected. The whole line of thought in the article imo is erroneous. This should be a candid debate between friends over lunch rather than a news article.

June 4, 2010
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why is the title of this "Free Speech OR Disrespect"? Are you trying to say free speech can't be disrespectful?

June 4, 2010
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Having free speech is one thing, but sometimes it's taken way too far. How many times have people in the public eye said something terrible and only have to apologize later. We must be held accountable for what we say and not use " FREE SPEECH " as an excuse. finally, it's OK to disagree but we can still do so respectfully. besides how would you feel if someone came to you job or home to poke fun at you ?

June 4, 2010
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Oh wait here is the next paragraph in the article Mohamednamak posted.

 

"Employers added 431,000 jobs in the month, up from 290,000 jobs added in April. It was the biggest gain in jobs since March 2000."

 

The very next paragraph

 

"But Census hiring was responsible for 411,000 of May's increase in employment. Private sector employers also added 41,000 jobs in the period, well below the 218,000 private sector job gains in April. Government payrolls other than Census declined by 21,000 jobs in May, due largely to job cuts by state and local governments."

 

Typical blatent misrepsentation of reality

 

 

June 4, 2010
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The bottom line is that both Bush, and now Obama, have been, and will be, heckled and shouted at. Is it rude? Yes. Both the left and right are guilty. But after all, that's why we have the 1st Amendment.

June 4, 2010
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I don't like the man because of his beliefs.  However, I respect the office of the president inwitch he holds and I believe the person in the video was wrong.  That was a complete disrespect of the office and not of the individual.

June 4, 2010
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Agreed. I am far left, support the current administration in its fullest, and do not agree with the hecklers. That said, our side did far worse to Bush, and I am all for the freedom to do so. To quote...whoever said it first: "Well, sir, while I may not agree with what you are saying, I will defend to the death your right to say it."

 

Are they rude? Yes. Are the arrogant? probably. Do they have a factual basis? Probably not. None of this has anything to do with the freedom to say what they feel like saying. Unless there is a credible threat being made to actually physically harm an elected offical, they've crossed no lines.

 

"The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."

 

June 4, 2010
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Unfortunately it reflects where we are today as a society.  No one dislikes Obama more than I but I would not talk to him that way.  Also I'm all for impeaching him.

June 4, 2010
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hecklers have an axe to grind, and that's fine. Any public figure should be prepared to be criticized, even in public. the office of the presidency shouldn't be any different.  bush got heckled, obama is getting heckled, that's life.

 

what is different this time is that some of the heckling is coded racial slurs. you can deny it all you want. but the racial undertone is there.

June 4, 2010
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This was an immature attempt to look cool in front of their peers.  People like this make themselves and our country look bad.  It doesn't matter whether you agree with him or not.  Unfortunately this is the trend of the future.

June 4, 2010
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To all the posters who would like to relate this President Bush, please remember people were not allowed to protest around President Bush.  During his presidency there were protest zones that were nowhere near the vacinity of the President, so quit comparing.

June 4, 2010
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Just because there is free speech does not excuse a lack of good judgment, respect, and civility. 

June 4, 2010
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Hes the President of the United States. I don't care how pissed you are at him thats just disrespectful. Not to mention in order for him to get to where he is, at least half of your peers had to have supported him, so your not helping anybody when you do that. I didn't think that that should have been done when Bush was president either, and I despised the majority of his decisions. He's the president for god's sake, show a smidge of respect. 

June 4, 2010
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Cowardly, gutless, lacking all humanity. The spineless thugs who try to justify it don't realize if it's okay to sling at a President you dislike, then permission has been granted for others to do it when your favorite candidate gets in office. What practical good is achieved? None whatsoever, only harm to all Americans comes from it. Sadly, we are showing our ugly face to the rest of the world as: America . . . land of the ignorant.

June 4, 2010
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It's entirely disrespectful to the Office of President which is a very special, hard won and deserved position to occupy. If you don't think so then try getting elected yourself! I doubt it phased the unflappable Obama other than I'm sure he thought "what a punk." Yes, it's great we live in a country where this is allowed...but such unmitigated rudeness to America's Commander in Chief should be highly discouraged...I'm sure the Marines and Secret Service that guard him would love a little backhand to that smart **s's mouth. We've become a rude nation.

June 4, 2010
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"People who heckle display a lack of breeding. It just shows how stupid they are. Similiar to the teaparty baggers of last summer most of whom are Republicans but are ashamed to identify themselves as such."

 

Similarly Havildar, people who use slurs with deviant sexual overtones to denigrate and misrepresent a diverse group of people that they don't know or understand, display an amazing "lack of breeding" too. 

June 4, 2010
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I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion but should have the civilized good manners, of which Americans are constantly accused of having none, to voice that opinion to the leader of the free world in a way that respects him simply as a human being.  I mean he is a human being isn't he?  Isn't he entitled to simple respect and dignity on that basis?  If you first meet someone the first thing out of your mouth isn't "you're a liar!" you are some ill-mannered idiot regardless of who it's directed too.  Why isn't every politican entitled to the same respect we would give the stranger on the street?  We permit people to vent in socially unacceptable ways, then wonder why Americans are so cynical, and protrayed to the rest of the world as having no thinking skills, are mean spirited, and provencial.  You may not like Obama, or agree with him, or may even dislike him intensely, but his status as a human being gives him the right to be treated some modicum of respect.  So let's show the world that we can have a civil discourse with people with whom we disagree rather than shouting stupid stuff to pump up what is surely some ego problem.

June 4, 2010
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So, when it was done to Bush it was good to heckle, but now Obama can't be heckled? even asking that question is a form of disrespect to any one who decide to use his right to disagree with with the president's handling of things in this country. yes it is okay to tell the truth to his face since he is not what we expected, he is worse than Bush and people  were booing Bush for 8 years. Why is Obama special?

June 4, 2010
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How can anyone seriously say "you should be impeached?" Do they know why people are impeached?

June 4, 2010
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What a douchebag!

June 4, 2010
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In almost every other country in this world, for such remarks you can/will be shot, jailed, etc. Only in America is there such mouthy disrespect without prejudice. Freedom of Speech is what it is, but basic respect is a human must!

June 4, 2010
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It's annoying how short some people's memories are.  Bush was also heckled, and the media did cover it and also said that it was disrespectful.  Just because you don't remember it doesn't mean it didn't happen.  Try looking back at old news articles before commenting.

 

This isn't a Dem vs Repub thing, and it's not about freedom of speech... this is about respect.  People have lost respect nowadays for just about everything. No one offers elderly people their seats on the bus anymore.  No one attempts to be polite and respectful when in public places anymore. "Yes Ma'am" and "No Sir" have all but disappeared from our vocabulary.  Hell, people don't even have enough respect for themselves to not show their freakin' underwear in public anymore.  Why, oh why, would anyone think that in this modern age of you tube, reality TV and camera phones, that people would put respectful behavior above their need to be noticed???  This is typical behavior for this generation and this time.  I can't wait until it passes.

June 4, 2010
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I view this the same way the military views respect: you solute the rank, not the person.  Like him or hate him, you should show him respect.  To do otherwise is a slap to the country.

 

I hated Bush, but I equally hated seeing him heckled.

June 4, 2010
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Everybody who says Obama is not our President is a moron; and if you want to complain about any of his actions you should do it in a more civil manner.

June 4, 2010
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I believe some people are not respecting him because of his race.  No other President have been disprected in such a bad way.  Only in America do this happen and people get away with it. Really it is sad because he is The American President. I just can't believe some people can carry so much hate for NO reason.

June 4, 2010
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Oh and all you people who don't believe he is a citizen, GET OVER IT.  It wouldn't matter if there was video of his birth in Hawaii and you would find some way to negate it.  Like I can see his mama somehow getting documents forged because a bi-racial kid had a snow balls chance in hell of being the President of the US in the racist world of 1960, no one could have conceived that a black man would ever be president but like yeah let's forge it ...just in case!!!  There are many states that don't put seals on birth records, my son doesn't have one on his, so does that make him not a citizen even though there is a record at the hospital and the hospital sent the information to the state?  Hawaiian government said it was a valid certificate, his birth was announced by the local paper, what else would satisfy you jerks?  Nothing and that's why you all sound like what you are ...racists.  No one made a stink about McCain's place of birth and he was really not born in an actual state.  Maybe that's it, you are too dumb to know that Hawaii was a state in the Union.  This man was elected to office legitimately and is entitled to all the perks and all the crap that goes with it.  God help him.

June 4, 2010
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Each American generation, beginning with Sarah Palin, gets dumber.  We are destroying our great nation by destroying each other.

June 4, 2010
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There are avenues for voicing displeasure with the president, and heckling him in person isn't one of them.

 

They could have asked him questions while he was there if they were concerned about something. Instead they chose the obnoxious disrespectful route.

 

That man is the President of the United States, and he deserves more respect than that.

June 4, 2010
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Hecking is part of life and it is free speech. Ever been to a Mets game? Sure it can classless but unless the guy threaten the Pres. Who cares. What you going to arrest him for giving him feedback to the great el Presidente'?

June 4, 2010
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There is a significant difference between respectfully questioning political policy and heckling. I find no problem with voicing concerns however attacking a person in the fashion this gentleman did is disrespectful.

June 4, 2010
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Heckling the president: free speech or disrespect?

 

It's both. It's our right as citizens of a free democracy to say what we want. That being said, I feel that it is very disrespectful. I hated President Bush and VP Cheney, but the office deserves respect. Period. Otherwise, people from other countries and even our enemies abroad have no reason to respect The President.

June 4, 2010
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Ridiculous...you get the chance to be a few feet away from one of the most powerful and influential humans on earth...and you act like a fool...

Is that what we Americans want to portray?  Have this nation's manners and innate education been lost?  It is a shame to realize that some hide under our Freedom of Speech to justify ignorance and selfishness...

You see; that person robbed the rest of the people in the bus from their experience...so he selfishly exercized his speech rights while violating the peace and enjoyment of the rest(adults and children)...

Simply Embarrazing!

June 4, 2010
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Isn't it funny how exercising your right to free speech somehow gives you the right to deprive others of speaking and or hearing anything else.The world is full of people who deliberately attend political events to disrupt or deprive others of hearing their candidate. They are called Self Centered.

June 4, 2010
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I find if amazing the gullibility of people who are still  for Obama. After all the lies and misdeeds, people still worship this guy like he is Jesus. While I agree that heckling in that type of setting is in bad taste. He wasn't giving a speech and addressing a problem and even though I voted for him and now am totally disliking his performance, I would show him respect if I saw him in public.

June 4, 2010
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In the military, you salute the rank not the person.  When an officer of higher rank appears,  he is saluted by all persons of lower rank.  It is the same with the President of the United States.  You respect the man's office EVEN if you don't respect the MAN!

June 4, 2010
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I am sure most people who are condoning this type of behavior would not want to be treated this way. It is very disrespectful period!!! No Matter Who the president is, he or she reserves the right at least in public to not be disrespected. We do live in a great country though where people can get away with such behavior. My only thought is "What was this idiot hoping to accomplish"?? oh that's right 2 minutes of fame!!!

June 4, 2010
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Lots of children of Republican hypocrites who called anyone criticizing Bush to be UNPATRIOTIC.

June 4, 2010
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Ignorance is running amok in this country, I'm sure they'll find some way to blame Obama for that as well

June 4, 2010
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Canada here!  It doesn't matter WHO the actual visitor is, ie. Obama, George Clooney or Miley Cyrus.  Anyone who takes the time out of their day to board a bus to address the public deserves some respect.  I agree with the other comments that say these people are showing off for the camera.  Unfortunately, it is the technology that is turning us into a bunch or ignoramuses.  I wish I could say the same thing wouldn't happen in Canada, but I'm afrad I'd be lying.

June 4, 2010
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I'm sorry - was Obama elected to the Presidency or did he just choose the smallest straw? 

 

Simply put, the man WANTED the job, and like it or not, heckling comes with the territory.  Sweet Jesus - they threw shoes at President Bush.

 

And to all of you claiming that we "owe" President Obama automatic respect simply because he's the President, all I can and will say is that I was taught that respect is something you earn individual, not something automatically given to you because you won an election.  Respect is earned through your actions. If President Obama wants respect from me, he's gotta earn it JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE I MEET.

June 4, 2010
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Honestly, the young man should be humiliated publicly for his disrespect.  Doesn't our society have any standards or decency?

June 4, 2010
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Idiots on the left did this to Bush, idiots on the right do it to Obama.  The other 99% of us respect the man and the office whether we agree with his politics or not.

June 4, 2010
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I support the heckler. He speaks for me.

June 4, 2010
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They gave him just as much respect as Obama gave Arizona and it citizen's while opening his mouth in the press with Mexico's President Calderone!  As a military man, I learned long ago that you must give respect to get respect!

June 4, 2010
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The problem with the country, is that people believe that one man, the president, has say over everything.  People believed Obama when he made all of these promises.  Smarten up America, the thing that runs this country is the press.  Stop believing the hype, make up your own mind about things, then maybe this country can get back to the strength we once knew.

 

As far as freedom of speech goes, that is our right.  The guy is an idiot...but it is our right.

June 4, 2010
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What happened is nothing compared to what Bush went through.  I'm so tired of people saying that the heckling idiot must be a TEA party person or a redneck.  Is it possible that he's just a rude/mentally retarded person with no political affiliation?  Was Sirhan Sirhan a redneck or a Republican?  Was Lee Harvey Oswald?  Was John Hinkley?  Was Squeeky Frome (or whatever her name was)? 

June 4, 2010
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LaRouche website claims responsibility for the heckling. Why don't we ask them what their problem is? I don't think most Americans would have done this. Only people fueled by political ideology who don't think for themselves would do something like this. Again, let's chat with the LaRouche folk.

 

By the way, is that a secret service guy on the bus who keeps his back to the POTUS and is looking right at the shouter?

June 4, 2010
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I was surprised that Obama actually took time out of his recreation tour to speak to us "common folk". Respect is a two-way street.

June 4, 2010
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I think it's disrespectful to say it to the person, especially when they are talking. You may not agree with him or her, but they are representing us in the USA, and when we can't even respect our own leaders in front of them, what does it say about us? I think it reflects poorly upon us. Keep the opinions to the blogs and meetings you have, not by heckling the person.

June 4, 2010
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Chris27FL

 

If the person who graduated magna cumlaude from Harvard Law School is an idiot, then it would be interesting to know your educational achievements for a comparison.

June 4, 2010
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When President Obama is heckled, it always comes across as staged.  He never seems surprised, and always has a too-cool-for-the-room reply at the tip of his tongue. 

June 4, 2010
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If you think not seeing these reports during the Bush-era is due to political spectrum. With the world getting ever smaller due to social networking and instant-updates we're subjected to more stories and smaller stories. Big picture people, please.

June 4, 2010
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Do I smell Waffles, seems to be a flip flop from the way people treated Bush. Its okay to heckle someone who you don't agree but when the tables turn the piper is blowing a different tone....

June 4, 2010
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Public Figure

Free Speech

Get over IT!!!!!

June 4, 2010
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I actually don't remember this exact thing happening to bush. But there were some similar incidents. In any case, Americans are all becoming no class low lifes. People act this way because that want attention like a child. Grow up and do something respectable with your life and act civil. Have some class.

June 4, 2010
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I don't like hecklers period.  But why didn't this question get asked during the Bush Administration?  It is being asked now, and that is good unless the reason that the question is being asked is because the overwhelming majority of cnn personnel is liberal and it only appalls them because it is the president that they like and that somehow makes it not OK to them. Again, why didn't this question get asked during the Bush Administration?

June 4, 2010
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I did not vote for Obama, I don't support Obama, and I don't approve of Obama. With that said, I would never be rude and inconsiderate to the President of the United States right in front of his face as he is the top leader of the nation that I love and am proud to be a citizen of. When I was in college, I met Bill Clinton when he was the incumbent president and I shook hands with him. I did not vote, support, or approve of Clinton, but I still treated President Clinton with respect and courtesy while directly in his presence.

 

Although I personally would not have done what the heckler did, I believe that the heckler's actions are protected by the First Amendment. Without the First Amendment, where would the USA be today? As long as the heckler does not verbally threaten or physically attack the president, then I feel he has all the right to be rude and inconsiderate toward the president.

 

If I was there on the bus and after the president left, I likely would have approached the heckler and told him that I agree with his words and don't approve of Obama. But I also would tell the heckler that I don't agree with him being outright mean and obnoxious toward the president in front of all of us. The president unexpectedly chose to board our bus in a friendly and courteous manner, so I feel that it is fair that the people on the bus conduct themselves in the same manner in front of the president.

June 4, 2010
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Where was CNN when Bush received similar treatment?

June 4, 2010
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@johnnyoh when you can complete a sentence someone might listen to you. NOT

June 4, 2010
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"Free speech or disrespect?" How about both? Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean it's not a completely classless and moronic act. There are a lot of rational and civil people in this country. It's a shame the idiots get so much attention. It makes us all look bad.

June 4, 2010
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Dosen't matter whether you like him or not.....  Unless someone is yelling fire in the crowded theather it's free speech. Don't seem to act upset when it happens to Obama and when you were ok with it when it happend to Bush..

June 4, 2010
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Been a die hard Liberal all my life. I would never heckle ANY President.  Might give one a lecture in Private.

June 4, 2010
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Where was CNN when Bush received similar treatment?

 

FOX News was there. So please supply some examples. How many Congressmen were RUDE in Congress to Bush like Republicans have been to Obama? No class at all.

June 4, 2010
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This immature president needs to get a fire under his butt.  He talks big, does not walk as big as his message.  He needs to get mad and tough and start getting results....God bless you all is not the answer!

June 4, 2010
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At Bush events, participants had to sign a loyalty oath to Bush and an agreement for their name to be used for Republican marketing purposes. Operatives scanned the parking lot for bumper-stickers they didn't like and removed people from events. Questions and answers were pre-screened and staged and protesters were penned in "free-speech zones" well away from Bush or the media.

 

Obama doesn't do this. Unlike Bush, he isn't afraid to engage the real world, and hearing hatred first hand is good to remind him that there are millions who hate and fear him more than they love America. No matter what he does, they will hate and fear him - so he might as well do what is in the best interests of the country and ignore their racist, xenophobic, corporatist, authoritarian ranting.

June 4, 2010
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I think all you Obama haters need to stick with FOX where you belong

June 4, 2010
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"Sweet Jesus - they threw shoes at President Bush." And went to jail. I can't find a ref but someone pointed a squirtgun at Reagan in a crowd once and got jail time. Did Obama have this guy arrested or beaten? Yawn. Get back to me when he starts actually stifling your free speech. Some of you guys have too much lemon in your Tea.

June 4, 2010
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I would like to add that if this was the mayor of Chicago, Dick Daley, then I would have heckled his butt to kingdom come and demanded that he get off our bus.

June 4, 2010
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Makes conservatives look stupid, out of touch, belligerent and whiny.

June 4, 2010
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The behavior in the video shows typical frat boy behavior. Rude and self entitled! It was annoying when people did it to Bush and it's annoying when people do it to Obama.

June 4, 2010
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What I REALLY find objectionable is that this person chose to disrupt the President when he was trying to greet military families and to deliver remarks honoring Americans who died in battle. If one does not respect the President or the office of the Presidency enough to refrain from such behavior, one should at least respect the families who had come to the Memorial Day service and the soldiers they and the President wished to honor.

 

It is unfortunate that a violent thunderstorm had disrupted the service at this historic military cemetary, but President Obama was trying to visit with and speak to at least some of those who had come. The heckler chose not to honor this gesture of respect to the families and the fallen.

 

There is a long tradition of heckling the President, I suppose. This person, however, showed all the class of someone verbally abusing the eulogist during a family funeral. That is his right, I suppose, and now that he had his 30 seconds of fame, may he slink back into well-deserved obscurity.

 

 

 

June 4, 2010
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Let's say your boss proposes a plan to help your company achieve a long term goal. This plan is reckless, risky and success isn't guaranteed. Are you going to jump up on the table and start shouting about how he should be hog tied and run out on a rail? Are you going to call him an idiot to his face in the middle of the boardroom? No. More likely, you'll politely point out the negative impact of the plan and discuss other options to achieve the same goal. Because in a civilized society, we discuss our options and differences.

 

The question here isn't whether or not this is free speech or whether it should be allowed in an enclosed space, or whether or not the guy was right or wrong.

 

I think the real question here is: Do we feel like this behavior really has a place in civilized society? Aside from garnering this person their 15 minutes of ill-fame, what did this accomplish?

 

If you feel that the only way you can appropriately "voice" your opinion is to be childish and rude, then you probably think this guy had the right idea and I wish you the best of luck in getting any mature audience to take you seriously. As for me, I'll continue to participate in and encourage more civilized dialogue and discussion of controversial topics.

June 4, 2010
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@ OnlyFacts

 

This was exactly my thought when I read this headline. Obama needs to be humbled. He was believing his own press and all the voters who put him in office, with little to no information, can't understand why his approval is falling -- that's because he doesn't. Obama is a rally organizer, not a politician, not even a businessman.

 

He deserves to be heckled and he deserves to have his "policies" mocked. Where was all the outrage when Bush was lambasted by people and the media?

June 4, 2010
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I agree that it is disrespectful.  You are allowed to your opinions, and may voice them, but he is our president.  In my opinion, that entitles him to respect no matter your views of him.  It is just juvenile to act like that in front of him.

June 4, 2010
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What bothers me the most and makes me equally sad, scared and angry is how young the heckler is.  Past generations would never have dreamed of doing anything like this.  It's so brazen, rude and full of disrespect, which is indicative of the next generation to lead. 

June 4, 2010
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Appalling.  Mortifying.  Whether it be Obama or Bush, it's just disrespectful and wrong.  Grow up and if you hecklers can, grow some character and class.

June 4, 2010
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Yes, and I'm sick of also.

June 4, 2010
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I do find it disrespectful to the Office Of The President, but not to the man holding that office.  I also find it very disrespectful that the Commander In Chief did not do the Memorial Day service at Arlington himself.  I know several other presidents did not do it too...but if you hold that office, you better damn well show up.  It infuriates me that the men and women who die for our freedoms should at least have the person who is the head of our armed forces preform a solemn and respectful tribute to them.  BUT THAT IS ANOTHER DEBATE...

 

I thought this quote is pretty appropriate...it is from the movie-An American President...

 

"Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest."

June 4, 2010
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We don't owe Obama anything, we respect the Office, and show respect to our fellow Americans until the show that they don't deserve your respect.

 

Obama: raise a family, quit smoking, write a book or two, graduate Harvard Law, become US Senator, get private army of elite body guards, lead a country, speak in front of millions of people, become President of the United States...

Heckler: ride bus, yell at guy on bus...

 

Obama 1 - Heckler 0

 

Obama probably looked at the guy and secretly called him a jackass, much like Kanye West.

June 4, 2010
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Americans are spoiled brats! It seems that our society has a sense of entitlement! Americans have no respect for peers, the elder, and obviously the seat of Presidency. We've lost it as a society. It's funny how so many folks complain about EVERYTHING, but have they looked at themselves and asked what it is that they've done to benefit their community and America? I would no.

June 4, 2010
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This is what happens when you get those right winger, tea bagger, fox news listening  nuts out there. They have no respect for anything except their own view. Wake up America who is the real idiot here.   Thank you President Obama for all you have done keep up the good work.  Please Don't forget to vote in november people.

June 4, 2010
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When that first inicident happened, that guy should have been fired, prosecuted and made into an example to prevent this from happening again. No, President Obama chose to let the ignorance speak for itself. The sad part is that people like this breed and therefore you get this. So go ahead you dummies and make us all look Stupid like you. this way when the next attack happens the rest of the world will say, that is just what those ignorant stupid Americans get.

June 4, 2010
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I agree with sunland52...that heckler was a ZERO!

June 4, 2010
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I think right to free speech and to criticize our political figures is one of the greatest freedoms we have. With that said, if you do have an opinion please do some research before you start a political rant. I voted for Obama and I'm not disappointed. The previous president was continuously on vacation, so as long as Obama keeps working like he promised I support him.

June 4, 2010
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the guy had the nerve to say what millions of people around the globe want to say.  We should be happy someone will speak up, wether he was right or wrong. high five the heckler!!! woooh!

June 4, 2010
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I find it interesting that this question wasn't raised during the last administrataion.  Yet now that Pres. Obama is getting a piece of it, it seems to make a story.  It's no more or less patriotic now than it was then.  The irony is that he's there to honor those that died in service and defense of this country, while at the same time he attempts to hush the voices of dissent. 

June 4, 2010
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It is disrespectful, but it is also a sign of the disgust that citizens have for our shell of a government. Senators, congressmen et all have sucked the life out of the country for personal gain and you can't believe a word that any of them say. Then the biased media piles on their load of patisan junk so what do you expect?

June 4, 2010
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exilio,

MOST people were taught manners, respect for the president of the United States, and appreciation for honoring the sacrifices of our brave soldiers.

 

It is a free country. You are certainly entitled to opposite opinions.

June 4, 2010
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It amazes me how we think that we can just say anything we want to our President and think its ok.  I mean really.  If I were to walk up to someones mother or father or child and call them a liar,etc...what do you think would be the response.  I hope this guy got his jollies off and feels really good about himself.  He basically proved to the world what they have been saying for years.  That we are a classless group of barbarians.  No wonder we are not respected anywhere we go.

June 4, 2010
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clearone-I am not a right winger tea bagger...but what has he done?  Let me recap a few highlights-$700B more in debt, passed terrible healthcare package that had to have a corrective rider-mind you the people voted on it without READING it first, discussed drilling for more oil in the gulf and then when a disaster in the gulf strikes, start pointing fingers then make anyone involved pass their ideas through the federal government before getting the ok to try it-what the hell do they know about drilling??? I vote for the lesser of two evils.  We do not need politicians running this country because they have to offer everything to everyone!  This country should be run like a business, so where are all the smart business men & women?  BO's approval rating is sinking fast.  I will vote in November-but I am not voting on ANY party lines...I vote for who I think is best for ME AND MY FAMILY.  I can promise you this...my vote will NOT be for BO...You know so many people complain about how hard it is to turn this country around after Bush had his 8 years and I had to listen to the same thing when Bush was taking office about Clinton's 8 years...here is the thing-if you want the job-great STFU and fix stuff...quit chirping that someone else made a big mess and you have to clean it.  YOU RAN FOR THE DANG OFFICE...now...take responsibility and fix the problems and if you can't, then step aside and let someone else try.  THAT GOES FOR ALL POLITICIANS!

June 4, 2010
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When you try to weaken the President, you're inadvertently weakening our country.  It's like being parents.  Sure you can disagree and have arguments, but when you're in front of the kids (the rest of the world) you have to show solidarity.  Otherwise you're just a joke and the kids can't trust either of you.

June 4, 2010
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I think the conservatives are right on this issue.  What they said during the Bush administration still holds true.  All those who criticize the Commander in Chief, especially during times of war, are UNPATRIOTIC and Anti-American!

June 4, 2010
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With everyone saying that this is bad, I presume that these are the same ones saying how awful it was when a shoe was thrown at Bush...you are a bunch of hypocrits as most likely you thought that was funny; but when it happens to your guy, it isn't funny is it...typical Left.

June 4, 2010
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I believe that there is a time and place for everything. I also believe that once you become an adult, there are certain mores and norms that should apply to everyone when addressing any one in public office, especially the Commander in Chief, a.k.a. President of the United States. As a Democrat had I been given the chance to come into contact with any of the Republican Presidents, I would treat them with respect, and find a useful outlet for my frustration with what I perceived as failed policies of that administration. For example: I would join an activist group that works on creating a positive change on the causes thatI care about, or respectfully right a letter to my Representatives,and Congress People, expressing my frustrations and how their failures would result in one less vote from me. Yelling and heckling only detract from the seriousness of the issue you want to address and it makes your entire argument invalid.   

June 4, 2010
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Incredibly disrespectful, but, protected speech.  The person shouting those insults is a complete moron.  As many others have said, I did not like it when those creatures were doing it to President Bush and I don't like when they do it to President Obama.

June 4, 2010
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Sometimes people do not understand how fortunate they are living in a free country. If this were to happen in other parts of the country they would have been prosecuted. This is not how free speech was intended to be. It also looked like that kid was just being dumb and wanted to get a little attention with the way he was recording himself. Dumb kid.

June 4, 2010
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This is an appalling behavior. This type of behavior speaks volume about how we treat our President.

June 4, 2010

PLAIN & SIMPLE- FREE SPEECH!!

June 4, 2010
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Im all for criticizing,  but this is just ignorant ranting.  I'm no fan of this or the last president,  but I didn't like it when it was directed at bush/clinton  and not at obama.   Al Gore on the other hand does kinda ask for it though.....  ;P

June 4, 2010
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I think it is highly disrespectful.  I didn't like it when they did it too Bush (worst president in our history...just my opinion) or with any president.  We should not act uncivilized.  It is beneath us as the human race and as Americans to behave so. 

June 4, 2010
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This is what happens when you have American Idol for President choose the winner. This guy has not a clue of what he's doing. He should be impeached for his lies. Why wasn't this such a big deal when President Bush was being heckled? Oh that's right the press is in LOVE with Obama!

June 4, 2010
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It is really disgraceful to hear people trash Obama for not going to Arlington for Memorial Day. Obviously, they believe that the soldiers who fought and died for our nation and are buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery are less worthy.

June 4, 2010
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I'm not as big a fan of Obama as I was when I voted for him.  However, YES, this was very disrespectful and I find it sad that the question even has to be raised. People raised above-ground do not treat each other that way.  President or no, you don't heckle someone attempting to address a group excited to see him.  Particularly a group of kids in close quarters. The heckler was offensive to EVERYONE and I hope someone eventually told him to shut the H up.

 

 

June 4, 2010
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This is what happens when you have American Idol for President choose the winner. This guy has not a clue of what he's doing. He should be impeached for his lies. Why wasn't this such a big deal when President Bush was being heckled? Oh that's right the press is in LOVE with Obama!

June 4, 2010
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It simply marks you as a moron.

June 4, 2010
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I wouldn't shout.

 

If I'm in a room with the most powerful man in the world - the man who's confidence and every movement can effect massive amounts of change, the man who literally sets the tone of American influence and culture around the world - I would simply ask what I could do to help. If he gave me a real, semi-thoughtful answer - that response alone could inspire a real difference in the world, through me.

 

Why would I pass up an opportunity like that? More importantly, why would I pass it up to yell at him? Food for thought.

June 4, 2010
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There are two aspects of this event: 1)basic education, which should avoid a crowd from hackling the President, 2)the figure of a Civil Servant of the People which will always put him in front of contradicting points of view. I opine that in the new era of social communications (everyone is a reporter), if a President does not want to receive this kind of reception, then he should refrain from doing impromptu appearances.

June 4, 2010
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As much as I disliked Bush and his policies, he was still the President of the United States.  I may not have respected the man but I respected the position he held and was extremely upset by the shoe throwing incident.  This is what's wrong with this country.  How can you have respect for others when you have no respect for yourself.

June 4, 2010
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Just think no one yelled or heckled Hitler and look how many people died.

June 4, 2010
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We have to learn to listen to each other.  Heckling is the opposite.

 

The speaker may be a moron -- like Sarah Palin or George Bush, for instance -- but at least they should be allowed to speak without being interrupted.  The time for calling them morons comes later.  Like in CNN's comments section.

 

June 4, 2010
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This didn't happen to Bush because he didn't let anyone into his appearences that was likely to do this.  I have no idea what would have happened were non-supporters ever allowed to be present.  But while this is probably "free speech", it is rude, childish, disrespectful, and meanspirited.  But the teabaggers seem to believe acting like this is not only appropriate, but desireable and brave.  It is really sad to see.  I wouldn't allow my child to behave like that.

June 4, 2010
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Free Speech is relavent when you question whether or not that man should actually be arrested or persecuted in any way.  And the clear answer is no he should not.  However to use free speech as a means to justify whether or not it is morally or socially acceptable is an abuse of the right to free speech.  It essentially drags the 1st amendment through the mud and makes it a shield for any loudmouthed ignoramous to use as he blathers and spits and shouts. 

 

Could that man say what he did in the manner he did to President Obama?  The answer is obviously yes.  Should he though?  That is a question that I'm not sure the first amendment can answer.

 

June 4, 2010
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Although I believe in free speech, they come with a caveat, responsibility. This sounds like one guy in a back of a bus trying to act all 'bad'. I think Obama puts himself at risk here, to tell people he appreciates

them. But as we all know, it only takes one idiot to change the course of a nation.

June 4, 2010
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As far as I am concerned it was not appropriate when done to Bush and it is not appropriate done to Obama.  The office of the President of the United States demands respect and disagreements with the office should be expressed respectfully.

 

The fact of the matter is Bush was disrespected by the left so often, that people began to feel it was acceptable.  It wasn't.  It still isn't. 

 

 

June 4, 2010
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Wow, I am surprised and gladdened by the support given to the Office of the President by a majority of posters. It makes me think things aren't as bad as I thought.

Regardless of your political views (and in some cases pure ignorance) it is important to always respect the Office of the President even if you disagree with the person holding it! The heckler was just showing his ignorance and cowardice because he knew he was safe from retribution solely due to our Constitution.

June 4, 2010
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Our President isn't a king.  He's a politician.  When a person doesn't deserve respect, there's no obligation incumbent upon anyone to show it to them.  I don't care who that person is.  Those hecklers had an absolute right to say whatever they wished.  And anyone who doesn't like it has the right not to play the video.

 

 

June 4, 2010
Click to view Parkerman's profile

What people need to realize is that each president elected only represent about 50% of the population. He does not represent my ideals or vision for this country, but Bush didn't eaither for about 50% of the population.  That said I do believe in respecting the office of President and this immature shouting nonsense does nothing to further your own cause.  Take it up in the next election like I will which is what this country was founded upon and stop acting like children.

June 4, 2010
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I guess some of these people were not brought up properly by their parents. My children and grandchildren have been taught to respect people in authority. Like respect for school teachers and police - especially the President of the United States. Shame on them!

June 4, 2010
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I spent the last 8 years (prior to the Obama administration) being told by the GOP how Un-American and rude and disrespectful it was to not only heckle the president but to disagree with him and now because Obama is in office the rules have changed?  Give me a break!  I guess it is good that at most he is getting heckled rather than having not one but two shoes thrown at him!

June 4, 2010
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What an idiot. Another reminder that conservatism in this nation is intellectually dead. What has President Obama lied about? For what actions does he need to be impeached? The man was a Constitutional Lawyer and professor at Harvard. LOL! I'm certain that President Obama is completely familiar with what constitutes impeachable actions in the White House.

June 4, 2010
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I dislike Bush as much as anyone could dislike a human being, but if he had stepped onto a bus I was on to thank folks for honoring veterans I would have been graceful and cordial. It is really the memory of the veterans that this ignorant and rude young man tarnished with his insults.

 

There must come a point when we de-prioritize our hatred and prioritize our nation. Right wingers are generally so mired in hatred that is blinds them. The left cannot afford to display such counter productive attitudes. The are self-defeating.

June 4, 2010
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Free speech was free speech when president Bush was in office, and Reagan. For some reason it only becomes an issue when the democrats are in office. You would have never even seen an article like this on CNN when President Bush was in office. I agree, no matter who the man is, he is worthy of honor and there are certainly other ways to share ones personal opinion, none the less, liberal media has made such heckling a pop sensation... so expect more of it. If it was OK 4 years ago, its only going to get worse.....

June 4, 2010
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What a JO. I wouldn't even say things like that to someone I disliked. No matter what you think of the president's politics, when he or any other sitting president is in your midst you should always show respect. Those individuals are quite frankly shameless idiots.

June 4, 2010
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Ozzo, pull your head out.

June 4, 2010
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Good Comments here...except for SidLizard...now that you've called them rednecks, I expect your next move is to label them all racists.

June 4, 2010
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Yes, It is disrespectful. But the man in this video was well within his right of freedom of speech.

June 4, 2010
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Who failed this heckler? His upbringing, his parents genetics, the public education system, elements of a society that delude themselves that such behavior is somehow patriotic? Remember when that couple was arrested at a rally for wearing t shirts with anti-Bush logos? Fox news and conservatives defended the arrests as more than appropriate. What would happen if anti-Obama folks were arrested at a tea party rally for simply being anti-Obama? Yeah, exactly! How can we go forward as a country when a large portion of it is so self-righteous and hypocritical and may or be not be aware of it and or may or may not even care about such insidious shortcomings of their character? Just a bunch of clueless, shameless Machiavelli-ans hell bent on getting their way by whatever means necessary. 

June 4, 2010
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This is a graphic illustration of the current double standard.  This rude heckler calls Obama a "liar" and screams "Impeach Obama."  Bush II was a proven liar (i.e. false intelligence created to justify invasion of Iraq) and should have been impeached for that and his utter incompetence.  If anyone had heckled Bush like that, he would have been detained and possibly beaten by the Secret Service.  Pure hypocracy and a clear double standard exists now.

June 4, 2010
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Bush deseved the heckling.  He was an unfit president.  Obama does not deserve it, but I'm sure he can handle.  Consider the source.

June 4, 2010
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Personally I wouldn't yell and scream at a head of state and neither would I burn the flag. But free speech is free speech and how about all the times when GB was heckled, heaped scorn upon and shown the bird. I never remember CNN printing a piece then!?. Politicians are put on pedestals in the United States. All this fawning respect given to public officials is misplaced. It should be more egalitarian as in the UK and scandinavia.

 

June 4, 2010
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This speaks of "CLASS", and to put Bush and President Obama in the same sentence is insulting.

June 4, 2010
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it dont matter if he gets yelled at ...he doesnt listen to the American people anyway....

 

i agree that the Pres should be treated with respect, as much as i believe former Presidents should be treated with respect ...and Obama, Hillary, Pelosi and now Paul Mcartney have all disrespected Bush at the White House since this administration took office

June 4, 2010
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The President of the United States is not above being told what you think about him in a public setting.  If no one did it, he would think he is doing a perfect job.  And yes, it is free speech.

 

Funny...no one cared when it was Bush getting heckled?

June 4, 2010
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i dont agree with heckeling the guy.however,i dont think this jerk should remaine our president beyond 2012

June 4, 2010
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I'm a Democrat, and as much as I didn't approve of Bush, I would NEVER have thought of disrespecting him in this manner. Thank God, my parents taught me better. It would only have made me look like a complete IDIOT! You don't have to like the man, his politics, his color or even his family but he deserves respect as a HUMAN BEING who was voted by a huge margin to do the job. If I had met Bush in person, I would have greeted him kindly and respected that he was our President... period. This bozo looks to be the same age as my son and I would be outraged and humiliated if he had acted in this manner and was stupid enough to record his mug and have it all over the internet...SMOOTH MOVE. Is he proud of how he acted? You can respectfully agree to disagree and come off as intelligent, or you can heckle because you have an audience and look like a low-life. Not only have you misrepresented the persona of what a good American should be, but you also offended many of the folks on that bus...and you don't have the right to do that. Would you have acted that way if it was just you and the President alone? Coward!

June 4, 2010
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Oh yeah...if the heckler's so intelligent, what grounds should the President be impeached on? Grow a brain, sir.

June 4, 2010
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Rudeness is never okay.  Ever.

June 4, 2010
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Just plain old DISRESPECT !!!! Did anyone teach this person some respect no matter who it is President of the U.S.A or the Governor of Alaska just comes own to a basic respect for another human being!!!!! 

June 4, 2010
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that is a understandable reaction to the tyranny of that SOB we are stuck with as POTUS. If anyone is still wondering if he is a socialist and unamerican as can be they need to pull their head out. I wish I had been on that bus. As to the idea that others (Bush, McCain) would not have gotten on the bus, their right - those men have more respect for the position. Obama on the other hand just can't resist any opportunity to Grand stand and grab up the spot light. He should have been a Gameshow host. He is NOT an American. He does NOT have our best interests at heart and is motivated only by his own self serving agenda. Is this the face of "change"? Really? I pray to God we "change" back before this guy reduces our country to the level of his homeland (Kenya). Were already the laughing stock of the free world thanks to this imbicale and the sheepal who follow him. Someone please stop him - my whatever means!!

June 4, 2010
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Although I believe Obama has come up short on promises toward equality, I still believe it is childish and inappropriate to act as this man has in this video. I applaud Obama for choosing to face the public as he does unlike Bush who did his best to avoid such situations. And unlike Obama, Bush deserves even more grief for what he has done to this country while he was in office. I honestly think Republicans heckle without reason because their party screwed us all royally, and deep inside they know this but won't admit it, so instead they act like children in hopes that the noise will cover their guilt ridden minds.

June 4, 2010
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"You claim you believe in freedom of speech? Let's see you defend the man who is shouting at the top of his lungs that which you would fight against all your life." Michael Douglas - 'The American President'

June 4, 2010
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This is a child who obviously grew up in an environment where he was not taught manners, respect for adults, respect for the office of President of the United States and respect for the occassion that honored those who died to make us free. Totally disgraceful. Conservatives are welcome to claim him.

June 4, 2010
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I am not an Obama fan.  In fact, I think he's done a terrible job.  However, we've lost what it means to respect authority in this country.  Regardless of whether or not you respect the man, the office of the president should be respected.

June 4, 2010
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Don't have to respect him just because he's

June 4, 2010
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After viewing the video my thought was "how ignorant this individual is". He doesn't even realize how he made himself look like a FOOL. What I did like about it the President of United States completely ignored him -- in other words the FOOL wasn't even worth acknowledging.

June 4, 2010
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livingright,

 

"Were already the laughing stock of the free world thanks to this imbicale"

 

Nope. Anyone who has no command of the English language as shown in that statement is a laughingstock.

June 4, 2010
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Fox News had plenty of coverage of the Bush hecklers. Of course, at that time, heckling the President was bad, now that it's Obama, it's free speech. But with recent events, starting with the infamous "You Lied", it's just become another tool used to make the heckled leader look weak, or reversed and used to make the opposing party look hateful.

 

Look, nobody will EVER, EVER, EVER be elected as the President and have the support of each and every person in the country on every hot button issue we have, so frustration is bound to run high, but have some restraint and respect for the office of the President of our nation, please! I'm not a fan of President Bush (JR, not so much SR), but when he came to our town in 2004, I did not search him out just to yell ridiculous nonsense at him. When your guy is the victim, you won't like it, so, you know, treat them they way you want to be treated, etc....

June 4, 2010
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I was once in the same restaurant as Tom Delay.  He was my congressman at the time yet I couldn't think of one vote he'd taken on legislation that represented my interests.  I'm a die-hard Democrat and couldn't stand the man.  He was also already under indictment at the time.  However, common decency and civility prevented me from walking up to a man I did not know and insulting him. 

June 4, 2010
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I agree that anyone has a right to protest the President's policies.  But, do it in a constructive manner.  This kind of heckling doesn't get anything done.  It is just idiotic rude beHavior.  The man says nothing intelligent or the least bit useful- he is just ranting.

June 4, 2010
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I wasn't a Bush supporter - not by any stretch of the imagination.  It would never have even occurred to me to heckle him when he was in office - nor would I do such a thing now.  It's common respect, which I guess isn't so common anymore.

June 4, 2010

Obama was funded by the same banks under investigation for fraud as well as BP who is also under investigation. Goldman Sachs was his biggest donor. What does he expect to happen when he goes out into public?

June 4, 2010
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livingright also posted a threat to the president...

 

quote: "Someone please stop him - my whatever means!!"

 

This is inciting violence and punishable by law. No wonder he/she is ok with heckling.

June 4, 2010
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Now this guy will turn out to be the tea bag candidate for dogcatcher, and become the latest right-wing hero. They will call him Joe the Heckler. He will be on talk shows. Sarah Palin's daughter will bear his child. He and Rand Paul can re-segregate a lunch counter together. It will be a beautiful thing.

June 4, 2010
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to LinvingRight- do you even know what a socialist is? Instead of repeating ignorant crap you hear- try to use your brain.  Look up socailist and then tell me which policies of Obama's are socialist.  Please.

June 4, 2010
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It would be nice if some people could distinguish between the right of free speech and the responsibility to excercise that right in a responsible way.  The utter lack of class demonstrated by many in the Tea Party movement is a reflection on them, not on the targets of their venom.  My parents raised me to respect my country and the Presidency, which requires affording a basic level of respect toward the holder of that office, even if you disagree with them.  The right wing seems to believe that their responsibilities as citizens only apply when they feel like it.

June 4, 2010
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Forget the politics folks....

 

If this (Obama) was your mother or father, would you have stood by and tolerated someone speaking to them like that? Don't confuse politics with common decency and manners. THERE IS NO COMPARISON!

June 4, 2010
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Typical moron comments.  So far he is the best president we have had since kennedy... to compare him to that idiot bush is truly idiotic

June 4, 2010
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It is an embarrassment to me as an American, as it should be to all of us, that we would tolerate or make excuses for such public disrespect to any sitting president in his/her presence regardless of political beliefs. It is not freedom of speech; it it crass and distasteful.

June 4, 2010
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I think you should not heckle a president I dont care who he is. you should not negitive bumper stickers on your car or any where. He is your president and he should be respected for it

June 4, 2010
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Klur......tell me which part of this is something Obama isnt working towards.../

 

Main Entry: so·cial·ism

Pronunciation: \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\

Function: noun

Date: 1837

1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

 

June 4, 2010
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That's okay klur..."livingright" can't even spell inbecile.....enough said.

June 4, 2010
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@Brains662:  Apparently, you don't understand how campaign contributions work.  Those donations were not from Goldman Sachs, they were from all the individual employees who work for Goldman who happended to donate to the Obama campaign.  When you make a donation to a candidate, you must indicate who your employer is.  The totals of the donations for the empolyees of each company are reported.  Any candidate for President is going to have big totals from large companies, simply because of the accumulation of all the donations from so many employees.

 

Obama received the most donations from the most donors in the history of U.S. politics.  Therefore, his totals by employees from most companies are going to be the biggest ever for those companies.  Goldman is a large company with a lot of highly compensated individuals, who can afford to donate the maximum of $4,800 for the primaries and general election.

 

I don't know if you already knew that are are just trying to fool people who don't understand, or if you are ignorant yourself, and frankly I don't give a darn - just stop spreading stupid rumors - but again, they are the life blood of the Tea Party movement.

June 4, 2010
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I think it's in bad taste. I hated GW, but I often thought some of the hecklers were out of line. I think it just shows a lack of maturity on their part. No, the President isn't a King and we have the power of free speech, but it's not enough to just have that power, it needs to be used responsibility by the public. If everyone devolved into the mentality of an angry heckler, no one would be able to speak about anything, anywhere. All you'd hear at every speech would be a incoherent sea of one liners being shouted over and over again. Just because one or two people do it in a crowd doesn't make it acceptable.

June 4, 2010
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Of course it's perfectly fine to speak how one feels regarding ones own opinion of the job an elected official is doing.  I've been a registered Republican for 44 years, and I can say unequivocally that I had a decidedly unpopular view of the past 8 years of Republican office.  There is a line between speaking your opinion and that of verbal, uninformed, ignorant mind sludge.  President Obama is my President.  He was voted in fairly and by mandate, hence I will support him and his policies without contempt prior to investigation which seems to be the current Republican zeitgeist

June 4, 2010
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President Obama is not a socialist even if he was he is much much better than the last one who got us in all of this mess

June 4, 2010
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In many countries, that kid would've been excecuted. I've traveled to many countries and honestly think many in our society have become fat, lazy, not willing to take any responsibility and feels entitled to everything. Why is this kid so mad? Has he ever gone hungry? Has he ever been placed in a political prison for checking out the wrong library book?

June 4, 2010
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If this citizen dosen't approve of Obama's job, he has the right to voice his opinion, THIS IS AMERICA! Just because you do not agree with opinion/actions, he still has the right to say it! Thats what makes this country great!

June 4, 2010
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Obama is a pretty good president, Bush was one of the worst, Yet, I doubt I would take the time to shout insults at either of them. I have too many other thing I would like to say that would get a response. I have too many other ideas that could be helpful than to waste my time yelling insults. Insults close the door, questions open it.

June 4, 2010
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This is not about disagreeing with the president at all. This is about the level of stupidity the Right wing has fallen to. These hecklers almost always the least informed, ignorant people out there.  The leadership of the GOP has fallen apart. They have no ideas, no plans, no class and nothing left but name calling. One by one, President Obama is fixing the disasters of the Bush administration and it is killing them. They want America to fail so badly that they cannot handle things actually improving. 

June 4, 2010
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You do know this guy knocked on the millions of people who didn't want healthcare rammed down their throats. On national television. He's pretty quick to make rude comments about situations and if you're going to be publicly mocking people - he should be able to take this on. He certainly can dish it out, but it's a whole different story if people give him a hard time.

 

 

June 4, 2010
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It is our job as Americans to criticize our government.  The president works for the people,  and it is our duty to question and keep him in line.  The right to free speech isn't just for polite 'pardon me' speech.

June 4, 2010
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@ OnlyFacts

 

First off, being an idiot does not make you uneducated.  You can read a book, pass a test, get a degree, and be a "successful person" and still be an idiot.  If you want to get technical the definition of idiot would be:

 

An Idiot is a mentally deficient person, or somebody who acts in a foolish, self defeating, uneducated or counterproductive way

 

So, I feel he is acting counterproductively and foolishly.  If you can read a book, great, but if you can't understand and make your own interpretation of it...

June 4, 2010
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Thank you DADYMAT. Klur doesnt even know what the President stands for much less the ability to defend or promote it. Must have been educated in a socialist system. Ya, I may not be the best speller but I know what a socialist government looks like and see we are moving (fast) in that direction.

June 4, 2010
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All you PRO OBAMA fools….Give him a few months.... he will have your guns, your money and your FREE SPEECH>>>>> HE IS A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY.... He should be impeached…What a FRAUD

June 4, 2010
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@dadymat:  Your answer is none of it.  Any similarity between what our President is doing and those definitions is completely in your head.

June 4, 2010
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The office doesn’t make the man, the man makes the office. And, if the man is lying to the people then the office is lying to the people. It is very dangerous to stupid to BLINDLY follow any office. Every official should be questioned and challenged to keep them honest. I voted for Obama and was a huge supporter until I see him playing politics with the American peoples lives. All I have seen from him is the same thing he said he would change, “POLOTICS AS USUAL, SAME OLE DC”.

June 4, 2010
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People like one2minnie that complain that he is not their president because he is still a foreigner that hasn't proved hes a citizen (despite proving the contrary over and over and over again) are the same 5 year olds like this idiot in the video that think their behavior is justified. This isn't kindergarten, you're not 5 years old; grow up, be an adult and show a little respect.

June 4, 2010
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Do you not see your bias, CNN? Why was this question not asked about the British pop artist Paul McCartney when he made an extremely disrespectful comment about Bush recently in the White House?!? Your silence from the treatment of our last president said volumes. I do not think one should heckle the president; however, I expect fair treatment from your station. Get over your love affair with Obama. It's pathetic!

June 4, 2010
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@ Mikey17

 

GM?  Any of the banking industry?  Any of the regulatory stuff to stem back free enterprise?  All of these are socialist activies

June 4, 2010
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This sad response to the President of our country is appalling. And it makes no difference from what side the response comes from. Ultimately, the heckler shows little  respect for himself.

June 4, 2010
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For those who said the world is laughing at us, has not been outside of the United States.  President Obama is the first President including Clinton that the international community has embraced in such a robust way.

However shame on anyone who disrespects the President in the manner the Heckler did or the infamous "you a liar" in Chambers.

Our country is great;  lets show the rest of the world that the people in this country have the intelligence to disagree without such bias and hate.

June 4, 2010
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Free speech is free speech.  Rude is rude.  Anyone can  show the President or any other politician how they really feel; it's called voting against them.  It's obvious the immature moron who kept glimpsing into the video thought it was funny.  Hope he's not looking for work because any potential employer of character regardless of party will never hire this flake.

June 4, 2010
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i dunno. i like obama, but i think the heckler in this vid is funny as heck. i bet obama was laughing hard when he got off that bus

June 4, 2010
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dabaileys, can you please explain where the notion that the current president is going to take our guns. He's actually relaxed some of the gun laws since becoming president. Just looking for understanding. Hit me back

June 4, 2010
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Respect is earned. If the president want respect, he needs to stop working for Wall Street and work for the American people. His head is so high in the clouds that nothing but a slap in the face will wake him up to face the reality of what Americans truly think of him. Thumbs up to LarouchePAC organizers for doing the job so well and delivering the message clear to him in person.

June 4, 2010
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When this happened to Bush, no one said anything. We're expected to tip-toe around him because he's black. So am I and I expect to get judged based on the job I do (or don't do) and not get special treatment. I'm so, so sick of this party copping out on the race issue. I was an Obama fan and he has been a complete let down.

June 4, 2010
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Chris27FL,

A definition that can apply to you, me and every person in the U.S. is meaningless.

 

Don't worry. Neither of us graduated magna cumlaude from Harvard Law School.

 

June 4, 2010
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Oh to answer the question in the article :Nothing wrong with shouting criticism on the basis of the fact, but , people did die for freedom of speech. I cannot think of a less productive way to speak to the president however.

June 4, 2010
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If this were Bush, it wouldn't even be a new story.  Living in the public eye you should come to expect attention, positive and negative.

June 4, 2010
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In response to F284, there should be no need for an asterisk....the Constitution was written by CIVILized people in order to form a CIVILized nation and promote CIVILization.  Had this been a protest march on the street, freedom of speech may have applied...but in a small, personal setting, where a person was trying to address a group, interrupting him was unmannerly and unproductive.  Heckling is just crude and unCIVIL.  Even positive remarks interrupt the speaker. 

June 4, 2010
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I believe it to be wrong, especially since for me being a U.S. Marine because it is illegal.  The President already goes through too much stress.  He runs the most powerful and one of the busiest countries in the world.  People are stressed and confused every day over simple matters, and we have this President who has millions of problems and all of them are way too important to justify and make the "right" decision that is depicted by the beholder, being you the citizen of this great nation.

June 4, 2010
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Though he is the president of our country, I don't feel he should be treated any differently than you are I.  He should not be yelled at and treated with disrespect anymore than you or I should.  I am Georgia born, and raised, and now reside in DC.  I disagree with my more liberal friends regularly without yelling at them and calling them liars.  EVERYONE should be treated with courtesy and respect.

June 4, 2010
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It is very disrespectful to heckle the president.  I did not like all views of past presidents and some of President Obama's views, and would never disrespect them.  There is a place and proper way to get your point across without being ignorant.

June 4, 2010
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Disrespectful and it make Americans look like neanderthals!!

 

June 4, 2010
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Under Bush 2, all demonstrators critical of the president were banished to area blocks distant. That was totally unacceptable. Good for Obama that he has restored the 1st amendment right of americans to demonstrate and heckle.

 

As for those who heckle Obama, some are racists, others are just stupid, some have bad manners. Their behavior is unreasonable given who Obama is and what he is doing. They call him a liar - he is vastly more truthful than Bush 2.

June 4, 2010
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Another thing, if someone I did not like walked up with no qualms and wanted to tell me something, I would not just blurt out at them unexpected and unguarded.  That is rude  and in-courteous.  How would you feel if you are being blamed for everyones problems and then you walked up to a group and tried explaining resolutions and trying to calm their worries; the crowd all of a sudden just starts being belligerent and criticizing you?  You would not like it and they would be in the wrong because they are wrong.

June 4, 2010
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It is rude and should be unacceptable, regardless of who the President is.  Tring to shout down the President is just another way of denying his right to free speech.  It was done quite often to President Bush and appears to be picking up in frequency with President Obama.  It is VERY common on college campuses.  The younger crowd seem to think that someone who does not have the same political views as they do should not be heard.  This is amazing, since this is the very group of individuals who have never worn our country's uniform to defend these liberties.

June 4, 2010
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If I was there it would have taken all my restraint to not dope slap the spoiled young buck. 

June 4, 2010
Click to view moiraesfate's profile

Very disrespectful. Especially given that he hasn't done anything to deserve it but try to help us recover from the nightmare of the 8 years before he took office.

June 4, 2010
Click to view CharleeSnap's profile

Obama is on a bus right?? He is blabbing his mouth as usual and I think some people have had enough. Yes, I believe that respect should be given when respect is due. This was probably not the time for someone to voice their opinion and their thoughts in the open, but that is freedom of speech whether you like it or not.  Wake up America and make sure you get to keep the rights that were given to you and that they are not CRUSHED by the President or our government representatives.  If you give them the chance and don't keep on top of things, they will do just that.

June 4, 2010
Click to view DL123's profile

Republicans do not deserve freedom of speech

 

They destroyed this country and they will blame everyone else as usual

 

The secret service should have shot the people in the head

June 4, 2010
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It's incredibly disrespectful, rude, tasteless, and yet I am glad he's allowed to do it.  Free speech is meaningless if it's only used to say things politically correct.  It's the charged comments, it's the right to say things that are rude, tasteless, disrespectful, that makes free speech so important.  So as a moderate Obama supporter who finds much of the criticism to be inane, I say free speech MUST cover this kid.  He has every right to heckle the president.

June 4, 2010
Click to view OnlyFacts's profile

CharleeSnap

 

"Obama is on a bus right?? He is blabbing his mouth as usual and I think some people have had enough."

 

Yep, memorializing our soldiers who died for ignorant people to have freedom of speech. Obviously, no thanks from you.

June 4, 2010
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@dabaileys: Wow.  The only response I have to that rant of phycho paranoia is that you should be happy to know that the health care reform legislation covers mental health care.

June 4, 2010
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I don't give my respect freely. To me it is something that must be earned especailly with our current POTUS.

 

Where was his respect for the US when he was making his world tours bowing to heads of state of foreign countries.

 

Where was his respect for the American citizens when he went on his European tour "apologizing for the arrogance of teh American people".

 

Where was his respect for the Boston police dept. when he blatantly called an officer performing his duties - STUPID.

 

Where is his respect for the founding father's of our country to state "the United States is not a Christian nation" - exscuse me Mr. President, but IT is and was founded as such. Go take another history class.

 

Where is his respect for the 3000+ Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists, when he will NOT refer to this enemy or even use the term "radical Islamic terrorists today - downright pathetic.

 

I could go on and on - you get the picture.

 

This president is very immature, emotional and unprofessional in his behavior. In a nutshell his behavior is very unbecoming to that of a president.

 

I don't usually believe in a tit for tat method of reasoning, however, in this case Obama is getting exactly what he deserves.

 

Respect him? Perhaps when his behavior, words and actions earn it, and not before. He is wreckless and dangerous for our country.

June 4, 2010
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I'm a Marine Corps wife. Many times the people who serve do not agree with the Commander in Chief, but that does not diminish his rank or the respect that rank deserves. It is insufferable for these infantile people to interrupt him when he is speaking. This isnt a bar bawl. Its a presidential address. To put it in civilian terms, if you wouldnt smart off to your boss, dont smart off to your president. Obviously his higher position of leadership deserves even more consideration than that of your boss.

June 4, 2010
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It's only acceptable for foreign entertainers to insult ex presidents at the White House.

June 4, 2010
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Obama is a disgrace to the office of president. He is an activist with his own agenda regardless of what the American people think. People are fed up with his lies. He deserves any heckling he gets.

June 4, 2010
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I don't have a problem with people chiding any president.  I have a problem with CNN's differing views of it's legitimacy depending on which party is being heckled.  With the freedom of the press comes great responsibility.

June 4, 2010
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I have friends who have lived under a socialist government.  They laugh when people accuse Obama of being a socialist.  He is very, VERY far from being a socialist.  None answered my question anyways.  Which of his policies are socialist?  Healthcare?  If you believe his healthcare bill is socialist then you must also believe that medicare and the whole social security system is socialist.  His bailout of the financial industry?  Well, first, we may not have survived if they failed, and it has been done before during the depression.  People who are yelling socialism are just repeating the idiotic sound bites without using their brains!

June 4, 2010
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I find it crass and immature now.  I also found it so when it would happen to Presidnet Bush.  Apparently, CNN didn't.

June 4, 2010
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lagtat

I looked up ignorant and found your name listed. If you actually voted for Obuma then you are the ignorant fool.  To say I would be proud to vote for McCain & Palin is a gross understatement, I did vote for them as they were clearly the better candidates. I would proudly vote for them again, the current administration is about as worthless as you appear to be. When he is flushed from the White House I hope you are in the vortex.

 

June 4, 2010
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It is sad to see how little respect people have for others, wheather they are President or someone off the streets. I'm sure that the man calling him a liar never told a lie, not! What happened to" treat others as you would want them to treat you." I feel sorry for people who have all this hatered. What a way to live life.

June 4, 2010
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It is disrespectful to do this in any context, regardless of free speech, party affiliation, ect ect...

 

 

June 4, 2010
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Personally, I think he set himself up for all of this back talk.  I felt he was very disrespectful of Bush and America before he was elected, uses his golden tongue to say what people want to hear but less effective when it come to action, and isn't strong enough to make people respect him, without compromising.  I wouldn't do it, I think its rude but its also a necessity, you need people to say there side so Obama is aware of it.  Otherwise we're all enablers:)

June 4, 2010
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Treetoad, seems to me that you are the immature one.

June 4, 2010
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Talk about stupid..just listen to him..

June 4, 2010
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Just perusing these comments, I see a lot of people with no ability to spell common, simple words, no ability to properly use the language for which the same people have presumably spent many years being taught, and a grasp of logic that is stupefying in it's absentia.

 

I D I O C R A C Y

 

When an idiot is equal to a learned scholar in their ability to speak, you will know that you have entered the gates of hell.

June 4, 2010
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And I am not talking about the President.

June 4, 2010
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I don't necessarily take issue with the disrespect because Obama is the President.  I take issue with the disrespect because he is a person and we need to figure out a way to start respecting each other or we will destroy one another.  We need to respect all people regardless of their role and any differences of opinions.  We don't need to respect their views, but we need to treat each other with respect.

This heckler did not make any valid points, he did not engage in an sort of intelligent dialogue and he discounted anything of value that he may have had to say by being a jerk.  What a shame.

We have become so polarized that we no longer can hear each other, we do not feel as though we can concede anything to the other side (even if we agree on some things).  We are so angry with the other side that we have lost sight of the greater goal and that is making the best decisions for our country.

I was not a George Bush fan, but I would have NEVER condoned this kind of behavior towards him.  I would not condone this treatment of anyone.

I also think that with all the bashing we like to do of the politicians (admittedly there is frustration with the corruption and nonsense that exists in Washington), but it is very easy to talk about how terrible they are and much harder to actually do something about it.  If we all did more to "be the change we want to see in the world" then we would all be better off.  If you think you could do a better job--stop talking about it and do it.

June 4, 2010
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Is he legally permitted to heckle Obama? Yes, as long as he's not doing any injury to him. Ought he? Probably not. Whatever your issues with the current president, it's still highly disrespectful and crass to do so, and the same goes for any president.

June 4, 2010
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I do think that people should exercise their free speach, it is an important part of being an American. I do not think that people should just say whatever they want to say and then site Free Speach. Being rude is being rude. It is ok to state your opinions, but it is not ok to heckle our President. If you do not agree with him it is ok; everyone has their right to their own opinion. When people become angry about their opinions and site anger in other people it becomes dangerous. What would be the reason that President Obama would be taken out of office?? Is there even a reason to say such a thing?

I also feel sorry that carry this kind of anger and hatred around in their hearts. It can't be a happy life. There is no reason to be disrespectful to anyone, especially our President.

June 4, 2010
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ts9

For a long time, especially after 9/11, critics of Bush were labeled by the right as unpatriotic and unamerican. Now that Obama is in office, his critics are hailed as the heroes of free speech and the constitution. To justify their vitriol toward this president, the right wing relies on the old eye for an eye excuse. I am pretty sure that laws will be made one day that this sort of behavior is no longer tolerated, but I'll bet it won't happen with a democrat in office.

June 4, 2010
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I can't believe people would heckle the President. Regardless of your political beliefs that is our President and deserves your respect. How trashy are these people? I feel like people with little to no education are the only ones that would do this.

June 4, 2010
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Treetoad

You know, Obama's not the first president to bow to other foreign leaders.  And I don't see how there is anything wrong with that, it's a sign of respect and courtesy.  That's how leaders SHOULD behave towards one another.  Just because we have the world's strongest military doesn't mean we should go around acting like self-absorbed arrogant pricks all the time.  Criticizing him for bowing is quite absurd, it indicates you're probably looking for ANY reason to attack him.

 

As for "the nation is a christian nation", YOU need your history lessons.

 

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."

 

Treaty of Tripoli, 1797, ratified UNANIMOUSLY by the founding fathers.  I'm sorry, I believe I trust the words of the founding fathers far more than I trust what you think they said.  Obama has had a history lesson, you haven't. In fact, regarding your "Muslim" attack, see above.  If he did what you're asking him to do, he'd be doing exactly what THE FOUNDING FATHERS THEMSELVES said was not true.

 

You've shown you're woefully uneducated on the relevant subjects, I really recommend you go back to school.

June 4, 2010
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I agree with ebieclair. I don't think that taking care of our country is an easy task. If people don't see change it is because of themselves. We were already in a bad place before he took office and I give Obama credit for trying to fix it.

June 4, 2010
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It is disrespectful, to be certain.  But the way politics has been run in this past country for the past few years, I think they have lowered the bar.  Ultimately, its not the effective way to induce change.  I will say, even though I did not vote for Obama, I was inspired by his statement about his response to BP.  His job is to fix things, not yell at people.  That is a mature statement and a measure of intelligence that we often miss in modern politics.

June 4, 2010
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I agree the office of the President of the United States diserves respect - however the individual holding that office must earn that respect.  Mr. Obama has not yet earned my respect, nor has he shown me that he has respect for the country he is charged with leading!

June 4, 2010
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People should show him the same respect he shows Bush. None!!!

June 4, 2010
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Is it disrespectful... Yes. Can people do it.... Yes. Should people do it.... If they so choose. I personally wouldn't do it to this or any President. Besides, How dare I tell someone how they should or shouldn't express themselves. The only person I need to be worrying about is myself. Not for self-justification, but communal preservation. We have the freedom to bless or curse people we do or don't agree with, but the most important part of that equation is that "we have that freedom". If your willing to ridicule someone else's freedom, be willing to void your own.

June 4, 2010
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Like he use to say about Bush. He's not my President.

June 4, 2010
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It never says in the consitution that we cannot heckle the president. It also seems that the preisdent needs a reminder about who he is working for.  It also says in our consitution we have the right to overthrow the current government if they are not doing there job.. This country has gone so far left that we are no longer the America we once where. We bend over and take it just to save face.. its time we get a new president that will bring us back and actually listen to the people.

June 4, 2010
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Its both free speech and disrespectful.  People tend to rush to the defense of the politician they like, and trash ones they don't.  The same stuff happened to Bush too, people tend to forget those things that happen to politicians they don't like.  The bad thing is that it starts a pattern of bad behavior. 

June 4, 2010
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MGHolley, which statement was that?  Just curious.

June 4, 2010
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I wonder if it could be classified as "fighting words" which I think are classified by the Court as outside of the free speech protections?

 

Forget the President, what happened to treating everyone with respect? Having a civil conversation or asking a question is one thing; using ad hominem attacks that have no argumentative value are quite another.

June 4, 2010
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zaoldyeck

 

I'm quite comfortable with my education thank you, especially the history surrounding our founding father's and their Christian beliefs. You truly need to get your hands on the materials that support exactly what I've stated.

 

I can only say to have evoked such a reaction from you, I can only speculate you're an Obama lover and definitely not a Christian. That said you are entitled to your opinion as am I. And I am correct in my knowledge of what the founding father's of our country inteneded when they specifically established this as one nation under God. Please go to your nearest library and do some research. God bless.

June 4, 2010
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As a matter of fact Cnn did do stories everytime president Bush was insulted or disagreed with but I believe at the time the republican anti-american accusations were used to shut people up. Look it up  and try watching the news. Does no one remeber the new york rally or the shoe incident? let people have their free speech but when you whine about what was done to the guy you pick you just sound petty and makes you look like sore losers. This president was voted in by the majority with no funny buisiness. I think we should be working together to solve all the problems and this stupidity is getting the country no where. I say put up or shut up! If you don't have any ideas then criticism wont help.

June 4, 2010
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It is disrespectful and shameful. I am NOT an Obama fan, but he is the President of the United States. I respectfully disagree with most of what he believes and stands for, but would not stoop to such childishness. I find it appalling that even someone like Paul McCartney jumped on the "let's show how childish we are" bandwagon when he accepted his award from Pres. Obama the other night, by making a rude, stupid, and juvenile remark about former President Bush. Something to the effect that he was glad we finally had a president who knew what a library was. 

June 4, 2010
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No matter who is speaking it is disrespectful to holler at them, let alone a president of our country. President Obama is one of the best presidents we had in a long time and I admire him for his achievements, honesty, consideration, his open mind, respect and concern for women… I admire this man and his family. I can say that I am proud to be an American under his leadership!

June 4, 2010
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I voted for our president and am appalled that people would heckle him. He "inherited" a mess of an economy, crap that Bushie-boy screwed up and now, Obama is getting grief from everyone, when he is trying his best to clean up everything. People, please give our president a chance, will you?  His plate is LOADED with BIG issues and he is trying his best. Remember: it was Bushie-boy that got us, the U.S., into most of this economic mess. If you want to boo someone, go to Texas and boo Bushie-boy!

June 4, 2010
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Right on sallyForth88!!

June 4, 2010
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I didn't vote for Obama and I don't agree with his decisions.  However, it is a sign of our times that disrespect and boorishness is a sign of our times.  I believe that hecklers should be escorted out and people should respect the office.

 

The mechanism that we have to show our displeasure is by voting

June 4, 2010
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I would be a liar if I did not admit that I watched the throwing of the shoe at Bush video over and over again....

And laughed my butt off.....perhaps that is disrespectful and shows poor taste...but just like Bush got heckled...

I think that Obama should expect the same.....

When you hold such high office...there are going to be those that don't like you and will voice it....

And that is free speech...as long as they are not threatening his life or that of his family.....

I see no harm......Americans are rude by nature...may not be right....but true....

 

June 4, 2010
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This is a joke, right?  No seriously, this topic...this article...this is all a joke, right?

 

Come on...to say that heckling was OK for Bush but is disrespectful for Obama is laughably hypocritical.

June 4, 2010
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It is about time someone brings this up. It doesn't matter what you believe, what you feel, what you think, who the other person is, etc. it is not respectful whatsoever to heckle the President of the United States. I don't care if you hate him to no end, it isn't something you do in a civilized society. Protest, picket, boycott, write a blog, send out mass emails, hate mail even, but when face to face with the President of the United States, SHOW SOME DAMN RESPECT.

June 4, 2010
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So, it is free speech to be disrespectful. When the Dixie Chicks spoke out they were boycotted. Now it's ok to yell at the President like a common fool and you want point of view respected? Like him (Obama) or not, you should at least have manners. At least he ran and won, so if anyone can do better, put up or shut up, 2012 is near so show us your cards. 

 

June 4, 2010
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Some people here have free speech and no consequences mixed up. This little coward only said what he said to get attention. Ten to one he'll be in jail for some petty crime within 6 months.

June 4, 2010
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it was disrespectful, of course, but he has the right to say whatever he wants. until he hurts somebody in a physical way, its okay

June 4, 2010
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To Sallyforth88,

 

You want and ask for respect for President Obama, yet in the same breath you call our former Presdient "Bushie Boy." Respect doesn't mean you have to like someone. I would ask that you respect President Bush. He had a lot on his plate too. No onenot you or me or anyone!can know what his presidency would have been like had 911 not happened. The world changed on that day. Yes, he absolutely made mistakes. Obama has too. Until you've walked a mile....

June 4, 2010
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The very reason that this was the president is why this coward felt safe enough to spew his look at me nonsense. How about he tries it with a gang of guys on the same bus later? He won't because he knows the president will laugh him off and the gang of guys will throw him off....the bus.

June 4, 2010
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@treetoad:  You obviously have difficulty understanding why one would have respect for those different than themselves (as you obviously don't).  There are good reasons for many of the things our President does that you disagree with and I suspect you are incapable of understanding those reasons.

 

Further, our nation was founded primarilly by Christians base on Christian principles, however, it was NOT founded as a Christian nation.  Evidence Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoly, negotiated under President John Adams in 1797 and approved unanamously by the U.S. Senate at a time when most of the founders were still alive and many, if not most, of the members of the Senate were vetarans of the Revolutionary War.

 

Article 11 reads:

 

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

June 4, 2010
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Well now....how ya like the CNN double standards now. This was acceptable with the last President.

Isnt this free speech? Oh wait, free speech comes from the constitution and this half breed of a President doesnt even know we have one.

June 4, 2010
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I do believe if you are the president of any country that you are going to be fodder for ridicule and disrespect, it's part of the job.

 

As for the "worst president ever" comments - hardly. I would argue that that distinction would go to Nixon, a total jerk-wad.

 

What I have realized is that the world is reaping the seeds of discontent we have sown for ourselves. If you want to know why we are where we are, look to the past. All those "conservative" ideals have helped put us where we are as much as the "liberal" ideals. Everyone is dirty.

 

Barack Obama is dealing with the mess left from 100 years of colonialism, capitalism, social reform and political excrement. I doubt anyone else would do a better job.

 

I think a lot of the problem right now boils down to people who cannot understand that our country is infinitely complex, and that people fight against change all the time. It's just here in these forums, people are bold because they can say what they want. If you want to make yourself look like a jerk, no worries on my part it is your right.

 

I am an American, and I love my country - and if I put up with 8 years with a man/congress I despise, then y'all can man-up and deal with my ideals for a time.

 

What exactly has Barack Obama done that isn't in the best interests of our country? He's helped us stay employed, he's placed more troops in Afghanistan to protect us, he's helped us all have a way to stay healthy ( however flawed that is ), he is concerned about everyone, he just has that unfortunate affiliation with the democratic party... and that kills me more than you can know.

 

I think mostly detractors from our government and incumbency are grasping at straws. They are just upset that they are not getting their way - and I think that is out country's problem, people are way more willing to fight than come to an agreement. Americans are not really known for their compassion.

 

I challenge anyone to come up with a better way of doing things, that does not involve bashing the other person, or taking away freedoms and essential government services we all need.

 

You can't use the argument that a Corporation, or Private Business will make changes in the public's best interest, just look at the Gulf Oil Spill - a prime example of how unregulated industry destroys lives.

 

You can say the same thing about airline deregulation (Value Jet) and safety standards for automobiles (Unsafe at any speed). Without a strong Federal Government, we have nothing but Anarchy. I am opposed to Anarchy, which is what I feel the the Conservative Libertarians, oh sorry Tea Party, expounds: You can have all the federal laws you want, but they don't have to apply to me.

 

It's all BS anyways - even if every incumbent is voted out, you still have that pesky Judicial branch to worry about... and good luck trying to get judges to change their minds on what is constitutional and what is not.

June 4, 2010
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Even if you don't respect the man

RESPECT THE OFFICE!!

June 4, 2010
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This guy along with many of the posts on this string reflect the trailer trash mentality of the extreme right in general and the Tea Party movement in particular.

 

Our President is a much better man and a much better American than all of the idiots spewing classless remarks here.  All of your heads are going to simply explode when President Barack Obama is reelected in 2012.

June 4, 2010
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I am really surprised that people are so opposed to heckling of the President. After 18 years of President's lying to us, a press that is so in love with a man that they refuse to ask him hard questions, and a press secretary who refuses to answer any questions at al, what other recourse do people have to be heard. Let's face it both sides of the political debate are controlled by rich elites. It has become almost impossible for a regular person to be heard by anyone in power. Whether it is classy or not to heckle the President, can anyone really be surprised that people do it?

June 4, 2010
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Freedom of Speech, in my opinion, is a right to help the people voice their opinion to the governemnt. It is a way for the government to understand the people. But it seems as if people take advantage of this right. If you're unhappy with how the government is working then voice your opinion BUT with valid reason. This use of "freedom of speech" is just straight out disrespectful. If this person really felt unhappy with they way Obama was running the government then he should have said WHY he felt the President was a "liar" or stated reasons why he felt the President should quit. We have these rights to help improve government. In what way does calling the President a "liar" and telling him to "quit" help the government? I don't see how. But, sadly, this man DOES have the freedom of speech and the way he practices it cannot be stopped...no matter how disrespectful he is.  

June 4, 2010
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meh, people heckled Bush all the time and they were held up as bastions of free speech and the right to protest. Obama is heckled and how we are questioning the moral breakdown of the fiber of our society? give me a break. Respect or no respect, black or white, politicians will be divisive figures and heckling will always occur.

June 4, 2010
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It must be frustrating to graduate from Harvard law school as one of the top students and work your way up to being President of the most powerful nation on earth and be heckled by some pea brain who has never accomplished anything in his miserable little life.

June 4, 2010
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I have mixed feelings. People should be able to express themselves but they also need to choose the right time and place. This was not it. Remember when that guy told Chaney to F-off after Katrina? Thats my favorite Heckle of all time. Face to face and right on camera. Classic!

June 4, 2010
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It's both disrespectful and free speech.  I would venture to guess that some if not most of the hecklers are doing it just to hear their own voice and have no clue what they're talking about, others dislike him because he's not their candidate and others hate him because he's black.  Just because we have the right to speak our minds, doesn't mean we can't also just SHUT UP!

June 4, 2010
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Seenen - AMEN. It's remarkable what short memories those critics of Obama have. After only 500 days in office, and with the task of cleaning up so much of his predecessors mess, they are willing to judge his performance. Yet with 8 years of proof, and political historians all chimining in that GWB was one of our countries worst Presidents, they cannot seem to bring themselves to admit it.

 

 

June 4, 2010
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You can thank the media and entertainers like Jay Leno, and David Letterman for the widespread disrespect for the President and the office that he holds. But what is good for Bush is certainly good enough for Obama... President Bush was harshly critizided and ridiculed and noone in the media came to his defense...Glad to see the shoe on the other foot and that incompetent Obama getting a taste of his own medicine....

June 4, 2010
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This is just plain rude and the young man should be ashamed of himself.  Regardless of the man, you have to have respect for the office and what it represents.  I didn't care for George W. Bush at ALL, but would never have heckled him or been a smart@ss to him.  He was the President of the United States.  He deserved my respect and civility. 

 

This is another prime example of what we are turning out in our youth.  Someone that never had any mommy/daddy time (if they had, they may have learned some respect).  Whether politicians are divisive figures and are always going to be heckled or not, there is a thing called respect and being civil and decent to another human being.

 

Not an excuse!  Some smart alec looking for his 15 minutes of fame and the iReporter fell right into his bid for it.  May have been an accomplice.

June 4, 2010
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It should rather be titled.  Heckling our "CNNS" messiah. Free speech or disrespect?

Because there surely wasn't any article from this network when Bush was harassed.  The anointed one will have to go through what EVERY other president in history has. To bad so sad. The real question is what makes you think your messiah should be immune to it?

June 4, 2010
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I would have punched him square in his mouth, sissy.

June 4, 2010
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He's not a messiah you idiot he is the President. GWB should not have been heckled either. The act of heckling a President shows ignorance and disrespect, not a mature expression of one's opinion.

 

No one is suggesting he shouldn't have the right to do it, just suggesting that he is simple minded, much the same as your response as well as many others on this site.

 

 

June 4, 2010
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It's extremely rude to behave this way. I don't care if it's the President or your neighbor. I would NEVER stand there and yell names at anyone! And you call that freedom of speech?? I believe freedom of speech as referred to in the constitution is meant for constructive speech. You have the right to let your beliefs and ideas be known. You never have a right to act the way the jerk did on that bus.

June 4, 2010
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It's like wearing a tube top.  Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

June 4, 2010
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Disrespecting the president - it's a little something I like to call giving comfort and quarter to our enemies. So all you anti-Americans keep up the good work. I didn't like Bush's policies, but I always thought that Bush was a good man and worthy of respect regardless of his POTUS status. As far as calling Obama the worst president EVER, well that is simple hogwash. No facts; pure opinion - and thinly veiled racism, since anyone paying attention knows that Obama's polices mirror Republican policies, circa 1992... otherwise known as a centrist.

June 4, 2010
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Anyone who has been listening to those on the right since President Obama was elected should not be surprised by this behavior.  Unfortunately, this is just how the teabagger types are.  Disrespectful, largely ignorant idiots who's willingness to shout their opinions at the top of their lungs is exceeded only by their lack of understanding of issues.  In the end, they want to know who to hate, what to fear, and who to blame for their sad lives.  I almost want to feel sorry for these losers, but I don't.  Their only redeeming character is that they are easy to laugh at due to their comical behavior and, especially, those cute little hats with the tea bags hanging down and hitting them in their faces.

June 4, 2010
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If this does not show the problem with society today i dont know what will. The lack of respect for one another regardless of your oppinion is discusting. This country is full of less and less releigon and more and more hatered....

June 4, 2010
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@chris2FL:  Belated response.

 

GM would have gone bankrupt.  If it had dozens of companies that supplied GM would have also failed.  This was unfortunately necessary to prevent the collapse of the U.S. auto industry and is only temporary.

 

The Banks - bailing out the banks supported these capitalist enterprises and saved the financial industry from collapse, which it almost did.  If not done, we all might be living in cardboard boxes.  And, by the way, it was done under the Bush/Paulson plan.

 

Regulation - sensible regulation of trade is not socialism, it is necessary to maintain the confidence that is required for orderly markets and to protect the ordinary citizens from abuse by powerful corporations.  BTW, when the constitution was written, that level of corporate power simply did not exist.  Big Government is necessary to check big corporate America, and is therefore, consistent with the concept of checks and balances our political and economic systems were founded upon.

 

Nice try, though.

June 4, 2010
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Why do people constantly have to ask if it's free speech or not?

 

This man is doing a JOB. Criticism in any job is to be expect it, otherwise you are doing your job poorly.

 

Never saw articles like this when Bush was president. The same people calling this disrespectful were probably supportive of heckling Bush. Deal with it people. Free speech is free speech.

June 4, 2010
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It reflects the ongoing shift from politics being a discussion of ideas to a winner-takes-all grudge match, where the volume of one's voice outweighs the ideas they represent.  It's a shame to see this level of vitriol and disrespect, especially displayed in such a personal manner.

June 4, 2010
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Quote: These are just people who want to blame President Obama for their not standing up to Bush. They were to busy spending money on credit cards and letting their jobs go to China. Yeah ok so it is in NO way possible that he could be upset with Obama right? Obama did pass a stimulus that no one can say is working and a health care bill the 70% of the country didn't want. He has spent almost 3 trillion dollars in less then 2 years but it has to be Bush's fault yeah ok. As for tea party mikey17 which I am guessing is your age. They have had nothing but peaceful demonstrations all over the country. Unlike the Mexicans and the anti war protesters. Your childish name calling post is proof in fact that you are the one who hates and name calls because some people do not agree with you or share your periscope view of the world.

June 4, 2010
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Heckling an American President is disrespectful.  HOWEVER, I do NOT find this disrespectful AT ALL.  We still do not know if this man even qualifies to be president.  He continues to spend MILLIONS of his OWN dollars, in our Courts, to keep these facts from being discovered.  This is no different than when Rep. Joe Wilson yelled out "YOU LIE".  Obama deserves NO respect, until he FINALLY shows some respect for both the Constitution and WE The People, by releasing all records that WE THE PEOPLE have every right to see.

June 4, 2010
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It is extremely rude and disrepectful.  Not because Obama holds the position of the president.  No man (or woman) diserves respect simply becuase of the position they hold.  They deserve respect becuase they are human.  I find it hard to even consider this a debate on free speech, the person is yelling and name calling.  I mean, have we gone so far as a society that our "God given contsitutional right to freedom" overshadows the ethics and decency we learned from our parents?

 

I will say this.  For those that do despise OUR president, for those that sweat hatred and accusations, that resolve to yelling and name calling . . . he is not afraid of you and your baseless, invalid, spiteful, hateful mouths.  What he did took guts to get on a bus and look at his country right in the eye.

June 4, 2010
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Treetoad- If we hate all Muslims just because they are Muslims what makes us different from the Jihadists.  Many- I would even say a majority of Muslims- are peaceful and do not hate the US.    Why should we show disrespect to a head of state just because he is a Muslim?

June 4, 2010
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no

June 4, 2010
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It is sad that someone would act in such a mannor, it just goes to show you how some are seriously lacking education. ALL PRESIDENTS DESERVE RESPECT! Even the ones that I care very little about myself......I guess that is the diffrence between myself and "mr cool" (and of course many like you) I am educated enough to know that respect should be given to everyone if you expect it in return unconditionaly. I also relize that now is the time as American's that we all pull together and help each other rather than point blame and claim someone is not qualified for their job. Another item would be to do some research on what has been accomplished and what more could be accomplished if people would use a little critical thinking rather than try and make their party look better.

 

So lets look at it like this. I work in Corporate America and have an open door policy to where any of my employees can come to me with anything....if you come to be with a complaint you should be willing to come with the solution or suggestion that is feasiable otherwise you come off as a whinny child. Something to think about huh??

June 4, 2010
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These heckler morons obviously have moron parents who taught them nothing about respect.  I would love to be near a heckler when he does this to my President, will teach you a lesson you will never forget.    

June 4, 2010
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Pure free speech, plain and simple.. another dumb topic by cnn.

 

It is of course rude and disrespectful as there is a proper forum for this, but the individual is not only allowed to do this, but encouraged to. Thus is the crux of democracy.

June 4, 2010
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And as for "free speech", last I checked defamation and incitement to riot are not protected by the First Amendment and are illegal.  The yelling person on that bus is lucky the situation didn't turn into something worse.  Again, a nod to OUR president for showing restraint and temperment...in other words compassion for even the worst America has to offer.

 

Perhaps if he got "furious" and dropped a few elbows (bombs) on the heckler(North Korea/Iran) for "talking tough" those of you that don't like Obama might change your mind???

June 4, 2010
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@CP1969: At least get your facts straight.  The polling number on health care right now are 46% saying it will help the U.S. and 51% saying it will hurt... and he has not spent $3 trillion.  In fact, 2/3 of the entire national debt has been run up under GOP Administrations... and that's an actual fact.

 

As for my comments about teabaggers, I was hoping I would get someone's goat after the slew of disrespectful comments about our President.  I guess the shoe fit, eh?

 

As for the birthers like XmrcoolX, how many time do you have to see his birth certificate?  It's been on line for over 2 years, and multiple people have checked it out or vouched for it (like the Republican Governor of Hawaii).  What, does he have to go door to door and show every American.  Don't be silly.  Just your excuse for your disrespect.

June 4, 2010
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And for those of you on this post that keep ranting about how CNN never ran a story like for Bush, I share with you this.

 

Do you know how to use the internet?  Do you know what links are, like the one in the above report that sends you to an article (a rather large one by the way, done much better than this one) written by CNN on hecklers at a Bush event?  Do you read, research, comprehend, think before talking?  Again, baseless and invalid arguments.  If you don't like the guy fine - but either form a valid argument againt him or just say you don't like him because he's _____ (fill in with black, democrat, different, compassionate, etc.) and get it over with.

June 4, 2010
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Sad when hate speech is defined  today as free speech..

June 4, 2010
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You gotta take responsibility for what happens on your watch - Bush had Katrina - Obama has BP - and this is a world changing event, it's going to crush our nation and he's the one at the steering wheel. Might not be fair but it's his watch.

June 4, 2010
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Okay yes there is free speach, However what ever happened to respect, FOR EVERYONE.  The man is the President of the united states wheather you voted for him or not. He should be accorded that much respect.  Hey I think George bush is a complete and utter MORON, but if he were speaking to me I wouldnt hurl insults at him,  Its called respect and we are sorely lacking that these days!

June 4, 2010
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This kind of offensive behavior and intolerance, so common these days among conservatives, shames us all, conservatives especially.  How could anyone objectively consider the views of anyone else so demonstrably lacking in character and integrity? How could anyone outside of America view us in anything but the worst of light when observing this?

 

Some of my own views would be considered conservative yet I will never vote for any of the Republicans who foment this sort of thing among the masses under the guise of "leadership." One can only hope that the rest of America will also cast their votes on the side of character and comity whatever the political stripe.

June 4, 2010
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Being that far away makes that guy look like a chicken sh*%. Get up close, look him in the eye and do it!

June 4, 2010
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I think Bush was the worse President in the history of this country (he caused most of the problems that Obama has to deal with) and I think Obama may be the best (especially if he manages to clean up all of Bushes messes) but if I ever had the opportunity to meet either of them, I would treat them both with the same level respect.  Being President of the United States is a high honor and I think everyone who has ever served in that office has done what they think is best for the US.  Although nobody can ever agree with every presidential decision ever made, you should respect the person making the decisions.  The fact that Obama has been so disrespected so early in his tenure as President (Teabaggers rallied against him after less than 3 months in office, before he made any major policies) just shows how racist and ignorant people can be.  If Obama fails like these idiots hope he will, and these hate-filled morons are left unemployed and without health insurance with nothing to hope for, I pray that they realize that they were the cause.

June 4, 2010
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I was upset when I saw the headline. I saw the video and I read...

joe08 (first post)

I do think it is disrespectful. and I didn't like it when it was done to Bush and I don't like it when it's done to Obama and I will not like it when it happens to the next president.

 

I agree totally! I didn't like it when it happened to bush and I do think that it is disrespectful now.

 

June 4, 2010
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That's harassment if I've ever heard it before, and they should have been told to stop.

June 4, 2010
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Free speech my a**. This man holds the highest office in the land. Regardless if you agree or disagree on his position he has to govern the entire country that is America. Not everyone is fit for the position of president of the US. We should all respect him for the mere fact that he is attempting to run something so massive, so powerful, so great a country like America. This was disrespectful. No doubt.

June 4, 2010
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OBAMA DISRESPECTS THIS NATION EVERYDAY.  He disrespects the Office.  He disrespects the Constitution. 

 

Respect is NOT something you demand.  It's something that is EARNED.

 

Obama needs to FIRST respect the PEOPLE of THIS country by actually doing what is expected from an American President- and that is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

 

As soon as people began to question his ELIGIBILITY to even serve as President of The United States became an issue, Obama should have come clean and presented all records and documents that the various Courts demanded of him.

 

Instead, Obama has spent Millions of his own dollars fighting to prevent any DISCLOSURE.  He opted to instead, openly mock those who questioned his origin (including his OWN grandmother) by launching a "shut them up campaign" and label them as "troublemakers" or "birthers" .

 

Regardless of your position on the whole origin of birth issue, ALL AMERICANS should agree that any person who holds office that refuses to disclose information about themselves that is Constitutionally REQUIRED- does NOT deserve ANY respect.  His very presence in the Oval Office is DISRESPECTFUL to ALL.

 

Until he provides the evidence that the various Courts have demanded of him, WE THE PEOPLE, should not and CAN NOT consider him PRESIDENT.  We MUST consider him an imposter, until he has shown otherwise.

June 4, 2010
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Obama needs to put his big boy pants on. He dishes it out all the time but can't take it.  What a sissy.

June 4, 2010
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Inasmuch as I'm a huge Barack Obama supporter, there's nothing wrong with being critical of a sitting president's policies.  Having said that, though: to shout out comments about impeachment or quitting only shows a person's complete lack of intelligence. 

 

It would be one thing had the young man actually raised questions about Obama's tenure in a calm, but strong voice.  In a healthy democracy we must hold our leaders accountable, even if we agree with them.  But the heckler merely showed he's devoid of any ideas. 

June 4, 2010
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It is embarrassingly disrespectful.  One does not have to like the president, but American citizens have an obligation to respect the position of President of the United States.  Love, respect, and uphold this country and it's President or LEAVE this country!

June 4, 2010
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President Bush spoke at my college graduation.  I was opposed to pretty much every major policy he championed.  I had a deep-seated hatred for the way he sold/conducted the war in Iraq, and I don't think, "loathe" would be too strong of a word to describe some level of my feelings for him.

However, when it was time at graduation to walk up, grab my diploma and shake his hand, I did, without even so much as a thought about calling him a "liar."  Despite my feelings of him and the policies he supported, I had a profound respect for him as President.  The forum to disagree with him wasn't face-to-face, but at the voting booth.

June 4, 2010
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Personally I would not heckle a sitting President but when I think back to all the horrible things that were said to and about President Bush and no one questioned whether it was respectful. Obama has not been very respectful towards the voters in this country so I'm not going to worry too much about it.

June 4, 2010
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The ignorance that is being displayed in this society at this time toward this administration has the potential to ignite a violence that all of us will soon regret.  The speech that is occurring today will soon lead to a mob mentality of hatred and anger.  This is past disrespectful, this is disgusting.  We have Senators calling our president a Liar and a Raghead.  Publicly!  So as to leave the impression to individuals like this guy that it's OK, free speech, democratic to name call your president to his face.  It is the ultimate form of disrespect because this video, these posts are being read all over the world.  Some student somewhere is, for the first time, is sitting down and reading this and getting their first impression of what America is.  Do you even need to ask why so many other countries in the world look at us as hypocrites and arrogant?  Another example of the offspring of the privileged class pissing on the American flag in the name of freedom.  Another van der Sloot sheltered into believing the world is theirs and there are no consequences to their actions.  Another future leader bred of hatred and violence.  Without thought or intelligence, this is how this individual decided to introduce himself to the world.  It is sick and pitiful.  It is the equivalent of being proud to walk out of the house with dirty underwear and smelling like hot feet in the desert.  Go ahead, write your snappy one liners and baseless claims.  Regurgitate your free speech until your throat is coated with the intestinal blood of lies and hate.  It will just be another example of how disgraceful, disrespectful and disgusting we can be than anything Obama has done in office.

June 4, 2010
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i think that that mf on that bus should go to hell with all the other raciest people down there that why the spill is going on now cause of people they all should not get a penny from bp die

June 4, 2010
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Who cares? At the end of the day, Obama got off the bus and hopped in the AF1... That guy was still on the bus. lol Liar or not, he's doing better than the asshole in the back of the bus.

June 4, 2010
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May be this is the true color of the US???

June 4, 2010
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  Sorry oh lefty one.  What goes around, comes around.  You clowns had no problem slamming Bush for eight years, so don't whine when it's payback time.

June 4, 2010
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I don't seem to recall George Bush ever doing something like this in a group that was not handpicked and vetted by the local Republicans in charge. Who heckled Bush at the so called 'town hall' meetings when anyone not a republican sycophant was not permitted in the building? I remember a couple arrested in West Virginia outside a meeting because they wore t-shirts critical of Bush.

 

Keep in mind the Air Force One flyover of New Orleans after Katrina. I don't remember Bush stopping the plane to get out and mingle with the common folks. You idiots have such bad memories.

June 4, 2010
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This was a disgraceful and despicable act.  To answer some of the others: 1) It stopped being free speech when this jerk repeated himself.  Also, if you accuse someone of being a liar, what exactly is the lie?  Simply saying a word is not free speech.  Opinion without basis is not free speech.  The constitution DOES NOT PROTECT heckling which deprives another of their speech.  2) Heckling Bush doesn't justify heckling anyone else.  3) President Obama was elected by a significant Majority.  Disrespecting his election is disrespecting the majority who chose him.    Simply because you have an opinion does not mean you are relevant. Responsible people back up what they have to say with facts and reason.

June 5, 2010
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I would never shout rude comments at the president even if I did not support him. I was not a Bush supporter but would not have behaved that way both out of respect for myself and for his supporters who are there because they want to hear what he has to say. I simply would not go to his event and if I found myself there unknowingly Id let him speak and mumble when he left! It is just bad manners!

June 5, 2010
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this young kid acted out and was totally disrespectful to the President of United States.... Probably got it from home... i wonder how he treats others in his hometown... a future leaders of the world... frightening

June 5, 2010
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Whether you agree with the current President or not, he is still the President. We should still be respectful of him and his position. The same should be said as well for past Presidents. We are all so quick to judge someone and spout our negative comments, but it is inappropriate and shows ignorance. Heckling in general is immature and childish.

June 5, 2010
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It is not unexpected that the meaning of the term "disrespect" varies based on who is the target and who the sender.

 

A few days ago the minority leader of the House, John Boehner, demanded an apology from Paul McCartney for disrespecting President Bush, “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is”.  This comes from a man who I have seen roll his eyes often when President Obama has spoken.  If my mother was still alive and I showed that kind of disrespect, I would have been slapped and I would never do it again!

 

During the 2009 presidential address to congress, congressman Joe Wilson called the president of the United States a liar.  Mr. Boehner later voted against a House resolution of disapproval for Wilson's outburst.

 

Free speech is a principal I cherish but when it is used by ideologists to support personal views rather than that which is best for the people of the United States of America, I shudder when that voice emanates from our congressional leaders.

June 5, 2010
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You really have to look at who is involved. the tea  party movement (close second to the black panther movement) and the republican's (born losers).  With that in consideration it dosen't really mean anything, just a bunch of impolite imbeciles thinking they are smart when in reality it makes them look like a bunch of asses. 

June 5, 2010
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It never fails does it? People are so narrow minded..we support one guy, but hate the other. We support one issue, hate the other. Look people, if someone hates Obama, shut your mouth and get over it cuz you where saying the same exact things to Bush. It's all part of the politics game. Get over it.

June 5, 2010
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The tea party was very disrespectful to the president, just like the mocking of that poor criple in Washinton DC.at a time of this oil disaster where we all have to work together, the republicans and tea party people do this.sad day in America.and a very poor judgment to content with this.

June 5, 2010
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The people are upset, let them voice.  Albeit they could have gotten their message across better than shouting needlessly, I would take those couple minutes and just told him straight up how I feel and how we can make the situations of our Nation better.  But that's me.  I mean, shouting stupid out of your mouth is allright too.  It got us..  where again?

June 5, 2010
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Ijust don't know where the secret service was, there was a hate grope there, and they din't know about it. it looks like the secret service is getting to soft.i hope they seen that video.becouse it made me sick. all that training and they let this happen.what a joke'''

June 5, 2010
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Purely disrespectful... it's so easy to be an armchair quarterback but let me mention a couple of old sayings that were spoken by wiser people than you or me...

If your not part of the solution then your part of the problem....and.....Don't judge another till you've walked a mile in his shoes...

June 5, 2010
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whats disrespectful is how President Obama has treated both the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

June 5, 2010
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Remember what President Obama said about grabbing the spotlight from Taylor Swift?  Same applies to this egocentric young fool:

  "He's a jackasssssssss."

June 5, 2010
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they needed to show that loud-mouthed little asshole some manners, just like in the old west, and throw his sorry butt out into the street. He was probably sorry that Barbie Palin didn't swing into his bus with her little"dontcha's" and "you betcha's" and her greatest hit "drill, baby drill"! I'm not from that era, but the "greatest generation" did have decent manners

June 5, 2010
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im not even american (good friend to the north) but really it doesnt matter. it comes down to the lack of respect that is way too noticeable and disturbing that nowaday kids display. whether it be the president of the united states or the teacher, principal or even that kids parents he still would have mumbled the same disrespectful remarks. You see its the attention thing from a kid that had to have the focus on him. the only thing that you can blame the president and our prime minister for is that they wont allow spankings and appropriate discipline. The worst part ? these little heathens are our future generation. scary thought.

June 6, 2010

I believe that this is disrespectful.  Its totaly ok to ask the president tough questions and critisize him, but to mock him/her in public on a bus of all things is just plain rude.  Whats to keep any of us from just blurting out everthing we do not like about our leaders, not just the president but any leader.  Go ahead ask tough questions and critisize but to heckel is low class.. IF you have  something you really want to heckle about email them.

June 6, 2010
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When I was a young man in the Military in the Mid 70's, I was trained to respect the rank of the individual, be it the President, or the higher ranking officer in my unit.  I am thankful that I live in a country that we are free to voice our feeling without fear of being jailed, or worse.  I do approve of the heckling of the President.  He will not listen to the voice of the people in the media.  If he heard the voices in the media, he would resign, just like Nixon did.  Obama is the greatest disgrace to the USA in written history.  I have pity for his beautiful young daughters that they will grow up with the knowledge that their father destroyed this great country.

June 6, 2010
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There is a segment of our population that will not like anything OUR President does.  The Tea Party seems to be the "I hate Obama" club.  They say he is destroying our consitution, but I bet most of them voted for Bush, who too advantage of our fears to invade privacy, who legislated through signing statements, who used false testimony to take us to war, and who's VP claimed he was above scrutiny because he was both and neither part of the Executive and Legislative branches.  Now Bush publically admits to a war crime - one that we had Japanese soldiers executed for after WWII.

 

The main legimate point that the teabaggers have is that our Government spends way to much money and is carrying way too much debt.  But why did that suddenly become such an issues on November 4, 2008 or January 20, 2009?  How can anyone who voted for George "doubled the national debt to $10T" Bush TWICE say the most important issue is debt.  If they are older, I suspect they also voted for George Bush, the elder, who increase the national debt by a third in only one term and Ronald "tripled the national debt" Reagan.  Those are the three biggest defict spenders in the history of the United States.  They were responsible for 3/4 of the national debt inherited by OUR current President.

 

So, what's the real problem the extreme right has with OUR President?

June 6, 2010
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It's called "disrespect" the heckler is a disrespectful idiot.  Just some punk who's trying to get attention, just like a spoiled brat kid.  Plus he knows he's on video, just a big mouthed, disrespectful dumbazz idiot.  Hey you..yeah you..heckler..isn't it time for you to go nurse on your mom??

June 7, 2010
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Obama brings this on himself by disrespecting the office, bowing to kings and Sultans, etc.  Began with then candidate Bill Clinton actually answering the boxers vs. briefs question, and have gone downhill ever since.

June 9, 2010
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What a complete douchebag.

June 9, 2010
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It is very disrespectful to disgrace our President. People need common sense and morals. And turn off the Damn Fox news. Think for yourself people and dont follow everything you are told. Be a big boy or girl and research what you hear in the news for yourself before pointing fingers.

 

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June 9, 2010
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It is not disrepecting the President if you heckle him since he has said he wants to "kick someone's azz" and a few other rather unsavory statments.

June 13, 2010
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He understands how important it is to just let them settle down.

Everyone has an their views. Buy not doing anything everyone settled down and they were glad.

June 17, 2010
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It's disrespectful and it's protected free speech.

June 22, 2010
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Rude and disrespectful!!!  And UnAmerican!!  I have never heard of any past Presidents being treated so disrepectful as our President Obama.  What have the citizens of our country become?

June 23, 2010
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The Gen. can't say something negative about the administration?  OBAMA MOCKS THE BIBLE AND REFUSES TO SALUTE THE AMERICAN FLAg, AND SUPPORTS THOSE WHO KILL CHRISTIANS. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE.

 

The General has given blood, sweat, and tears for our country for decades, is that so easily forgotten.  We are all human, and say things that can be inappropriate at times, but Obama is not one who should judge anyone. He needs to look at the plank in his own eye before seeing the specks in others.

 

Regardless of your position on the whole origin of birth issue, ALL AMERICANS should agree that any person who holds office that refuses to disclose information about themselves that is Constitutionally REQUIRED- does NOT deserve ANY respect.  His very presence in the Oval Office is DISRESPECTFUL to ALL.

 

Respect is NOT something you demand.  It's something that is EARNED.

Obama needs to FIRST respect the PEOPLE of THIS country by actually doing what is expected from an American President- and that is to PRESERVE,PROTECT, AND DEFEND the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES.

 

He should absolutely not be fired HE SHOULD BE THANKED, he is just stating what many feel yet won't say because they are afraid of the repercussions. Obama? I say OBAMANATION... WAKE UP PEOPLE...

June 24, 2010
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It is both. It is your right to free speech and it is disrespectful.

June 24, 2010
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Yes, heckling the president is incredibly disrespectful but the liberals had no problem when Bush was heckled. Remember when the guy through the shoe at Bush? The libs loved it. As far as I am concerned the shoe is now on the other foot. Just asking this question shows CNN is biased. Why wasnt this asked for the 8 years under Bush? Cause it was the cool thing to do. You know, abuse Bush as much as possible. Sorry mates, this weasel is not my president so as far as I am concerned, you can boo him, throw stuff at him and you can even tell him to go to hell. All is now fair in politics.

June 24, 2010
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We all should have the right to disagree with the President, but it should be done in the proper way.  He typically is not a hot headed man and in some ways I believe that he should be more assertive, but he has his ways of doing things. 

For example, I believe that after the general had his say to Rolling Stones, I Believe that P. Obama should not have allowed the general the choice of resignation.  He should have been fired for the disrespect he showed the office of the president and vice persident.

I do believe that the US President has the toughest job in the world and that I could not pretend to assume that I could do that job.

June 24, 2010
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I support President Obama, but I would be angry if the heckler had been arrested.  One of the motivating foundations of free speech was ensuring us the freedom to express disagreement with our government officials.  Freedom of speech includes the freedom to show off how immature, obnoxious, and disrespectful you are while exercising your right to free speech. 

June 24, 2010
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people who are war criminals (like Obama and Bush for starting/continuing wars of aggression) should be told they are war criminals at every possible opportunity. They need to know we are aware of their crimes, and they should be scared. We will not hold back, we will not censor ourselves. War criminals don't deserve anything but a swift trial and an execution. I'd say with a few obscenities shouted at him, Obama is getting off pretty easy.

June 25, 2010
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The president of the USA is a human being, not above reproach. Whether it is disrespectful or not, we have free speech for a reason.

June 25, 2010
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compupita: Please hush already. Your kind had a chance, the last 40 years of NeoCon 'policy' from Nixon to Bush, and we saw the logical end of trickle-on economics - total world financial meltdown.  No thanks, been there, done that already...

 

Now to the point... I even thank my US Senator, John Cornyn, for his service when I repeatedly contact him, begging him to start cooperating and voting for the American people instead of French-kissing Big oil, big-pharma, and big-hair; then using anti-truth, anti-family, and anti-science misinformation to govern the largest State in the Union.

 

And, we have Reagan to thank for all the narco-terroist death, for Pablo Escobar, and his minions, generating more death through prohibition than if they threw drugs out at every street corner.  But there's no profit in a free society - fascism (read: bush-cheney) is much more profitable.

 

Bush even let Osama escape as a favor to the Bin Laden family - bush's oil partners, incidentally the Bin Ladens were the only ones allowed to fly, anywhere, on September 12, 2001, and escape interrogation by our FBI.  HMMMMM, why did George do that?

 

You can shove your anti-Obama stuff as far as you can, we ain't buying what you neoconservatives are selling any more - go to a tea party, maybe.

June 29, 2010
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Hey "Sidlizard"  in response to your "redneck" comment -


Most of the secret service "sharp shooters" ARE rednecks....  you dont become a sharpshooter growing up in coffee shops in the city, whining about politics you'll never be a part of.

 

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