Obama to heckler: You screwed up my ending

(USA TODAY) -- President Obama has been heckled over many issues -- gay marriage and climate change among them -- but Thursday's fundraiser in San Jose produced a unique protest: Ethiopia.

"President Obama! Freedom for Ethiopia!" a man shouted as Obama began to wrap up his speech. "Freedom! Freedom for Ethiopia, sir!"

"Hold on," Obama told the man. "I agree with you, although why don't I talk about it later because I'm just about to finish?"

Later, the president told the demonstrator: "You kind of screwed up my ending, but that's okay ... We've got free speech in this country, which is great, too."

The man, who did not identify himself to reporters, appeared to be supportive of Obama and handed out a letter he said he sent to the president about helping "the oppressed people of Ethiopia."

In the letter, the man described himself as "an exiled journalist and freedom activist trying to raise the voices" of the people of Ethiopia.


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