Obama to Interrupter: ‘I Didn’t Ask For An Argument’
By CNN Political Unit
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama did not respond kindly Friday to an interruption during his Rose Garden announcement of new immigration rules, telling the man shouting that it was neither the time nor the place to field questions.
The reporter, who was wearing a temporary press badge, was identified as Neil Munro from the conservative website the Daily Caller. He later told CNN, “I have to ask the questions you all won’t ask,” referring to the reporters gathered who regularly cover the White House.
“Excuse me sir, it is not the right time for questions sir,” Obama said as Munro shouted questions. “Not while I’m speaking.”
“The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask your question,” Obama said later in his remarks. “I didn’t ask for an argument, I’m answering your question.”
When the president finished his comments, he turned and headed back into the Oval Office ignoring any further questions.
A spokeswoman for The Daily Caller, Nichole Roeberg, said “he was doing what reporters do” by asking a question.