President Obama: Heckled During Speech on Drones, Guantanamo Bay!

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President Barack Obama was heckled during a speech at the National Defense University in Washington by Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist.

The two videos below show the news feed of Obama being heckled repeatedly, and the perspective of the heckler being restrained by security:

Obama was defending the use of drones ("These strikes have saved lives") and again discussing his desire to shut down Cuba's Guantanamo Bay.

"Can you tell the Muslim people their lives are as precious as our lives?" Medea, co-founder of the group Code Pink, can be heard yelling.

Obama seemed agitated, and repeatedly asked her to allow him to finish his sentence and address her concerns, but did allow Benjamin to speak:

"I love my country. I love the rule of law. The drones are making us less safe and keeping people in indefinite detention in Guantanamo is making us less safe."

Medea was then removed from the room, but made an impact on Obama, who went off script and said "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to."

"Obviously I do not agree with much of what she said, and obviously she wasn't listening to me and much of what I said. But these are tough issues."

"The suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong. I'm willing to cut the young lady who interrupted me some slack, because it's worth being passionate about."

What do you think of what she said? Are drones and Guantanamo making us less safe? Or a harsh reality of the world in which we live? Discuss ...

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