On Friday (June 15), President Barack Obama announced a tweak in immigration policy in an announcement broadcast live from the White House lawn. But before he had a chance to get out his entire statement, the President was interrupted by a man yelling something unintelligible just off camera.
Here’s what happened.
President Obama was in the middle of announcing his new policy to loosen rules surrounding deportation for illegal immigrants who grew up in the U.S. when a man now identified as The Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro yelled out, “What about American workers who are unemployed as you import workers?”
“Excuse me sir, it’s not time for questions sir — not while I’m speaking,” said Obama, effectively shutting him down. For a moment. Later in his speech, Obama refers to his heckler saying, “The next time I prefer you wait for my answer.”
“I didn’t ask for an argument,” he continues as Munro starts yelling again. “I’m answering your question.”
“If there’s a young person who has grown up here and wants to contribute to this society, that’s the right thing to do,” said Obama in the statement.
In his Twitter profile, Munro describes himself as — seriously — “Born Irish.” Just to make sure the irony is crystal clear, that would make him an immigrant.
The Daily Caller is a news site founded by former CNN “Crossfire” co-host Tucker Carlson and tends to lean to the right. In an article posted ahead of Obama’s press conference, Munro wrote that Obama was changing his immigration policy in an attempt to woo Hispanic voters.