May 9 - Man concerned about the plight of Ethiopians interrupts President Obama during a Democratic party fundraiser in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama was interrupted by a heckler on Thursday (May 9) during a speech to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in California. Near the end of his remarks, a man began shouting "Freedom for Ethiopia! Freedom! Freedom for Ethiopia, sir!" and the President responded, "I agree with you." The man, who described himself as "an exiled journalist and freedom activist trying to raise the voices of Ethiopians," later handed out copies of a letter he wrote to the president about aiding the "oppressed people of Ethiopia." Obama said, "You kind of screwed up my ending, but that's okay. We've got free speech in this country, which is great, too." Obama was speaking at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose to a group of roughly 250 supporters for a DNC fundraiser.