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12 other times President Obama was heckled by women

The commander in chief seems to be a favorite target of women hecklers

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A heckler interrupts President Barack Obama’s remarks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, Nov. 25, 2014. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

Wednesday’s extended outburst by Jennicet Gutiérrez during an LGBT pride event at the White House was hardly the first time President Obama has been interrupted during a speech — men, women, even a kid have badgered or cut the president off while he was speaking.

Obama has been heckled often by men — a Congressman infamously screamed “You lie!” at him during an address before a joint session of Congress. In fact, he’s been heckled so much that in 2013 a HuffPost blogger explored why Obama seems to have been heckled more than any other president in recent memory. But he seems to be a particularly favorite target of women hecklers, which is noteworthy since Obama has been one of the most women-friendly presidents in U.S. history.

On Wednesday, Obama deftly handled Gutiérrez, telling her, “Listen, you’re in my house. It’s not respectful. Shame on you,” before asking security to take her away. Later, he laughed off the spectacle telling the audience that her behavior was uncalled for, especially “if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres … and drinking the booze” the White House provides at such events. That patient, jokey style has become a hallmark of Obama’s in his dealings with hecklers.

Below are 12 other women who have — sometimes teaming up to do so — interrupted President Obama while he was speaking to make points about immigration, AIDS research, and Bradley Manning, among other things.

Pay attention for that Obama poise in the videos below. He demonstrates an almost inhuman patience at times, and has really developed an advanced skill of delivering a quick joke to defuse the situation.

1: Noted heckler Medea Benjamin in Washington, D.C., on the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay 

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Medea Benjamin, an activist from the organization called Code Pink, shouts at U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks at the National Defense University May 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama used the speech to outline and justify his administration's counterterrorism policy, including increased cooperation with Congress on matters of national security, added transparency regarding the use of drones, and a review of current threats facing the United States. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Medea Benjamin, an activist from the organization called Code Pink, shouts at U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks at the National Defense University May 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Benjamin is the founder of Code Pink, a women-led anti-war, grassroots organization, and she’s interrupted many proceedings, including some on Capitol Hill. During a May 2013 speech on military policy, she interrupted President Obama three times, questioning him on why he hadn’t delivered on his promise to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Obama took her heckling in stride and eventually told the audience, “The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to,” a response she told The Daily Beast had surprised her.

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2, 3 and 4: Unidentified women in Chicago, Ill., on immigration

A heckler interrupts President Barack Obama’s remarks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, Nov. 25, 2014. Obama acknowledged the hecklers at an event in which he also addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., saying that he had no sympathy for looters while praising demonstrators who remained peaceful. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

A heckler interrupts President Barack Obama’s remarks on immigration reform at the Copernicus Center in Chicago, Nov. 25, 2014. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

President Obama snagged a three-for-one deal late last November when he traveled to his hometown of Chicago to deliver a speech on immigration. He received a largely warm welcome from his hometown folks — but not from everybody. A few moments into his remarks, a woman seated behind Obama stood up and began heckling him on immigration policy while holding a sign that read “Obama. Stop Deportations Now”. Soon, the president was taking fire from two other women — one in front of him to his left, the other to his right — who also began shouting at him in what amounted to a veritable triangle offense of heckling. Obama let the women say their piece, then refuted their criticism.

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5: A woman in Kansas City, Mo., on Jesus and Israel 

President Obama is interrupted during a speech in Kansas City, Mo. last year. (YouTube)

President Obama is interrupted during a speech in Kansas City, Mo. last year. (YouTube)

Last summer, president Obama was touring the middle of the country criticizing Congress for its historic inaction. He began telling attendees that he was glad to be back in Kansas City, but before he could finish complimenting the city, a woman began shouting out, “Jesus is the lord of Israel!” Obama chuckled, and responded, “I believe in God, thanks for the prayer. Amen.” And then he moved on.

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6 and 7: Two “polite” women in Syracuse, NY, on Bradley Manning 

A woman shouts at US President Barack Obama as others display a banner asking for the freedom of Wikileaker Bradley Manning as Obama speaks on education at the Henninger High School on August 22, 2013 in Syracuse, New York. Obama is on a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania to discuss his plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman shouts at President Obama as another woman displays a banner asking for the freedom of Wikileaker Bradley Manning as Obama speaks on education at the Henninger High School on August 22, 2013 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In August 2013, President Obama was giving a speech on the resiliency of Americans in a tough economy when two women holding a “Free Bradley Manning” sign stood up and yelled at the president … presumably to free Bradley Manning. The audio is inconclusive and people on hand were none too pleased about the disruption. “I hear ya. I got ya. That’s fine,” Obama said as many in the audience booed. Obama insisted, “We’re OK. It’s OK. Can I just say, that as hecklers go, that lady was very polite.” He certainly would know. The two women, who were reportedly identified as Ursula Rozum and Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre of the Bradley Manning Support Network, were then escorted from the event and the speech went on. Two days earlier, Bradley Manning had been sentenced to 35 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth.

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8: An “undocumented immigrant activist” in Washington, D.C., on immigration 

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: Blanca Hernandez of Washington, DC is escorted out of the room as she heckles U.S. President Barack Obama over lack of executive action on deportation during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center October 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. More than 2 million illegal immigrants have been deported during the Obama administration, a rate higher than under any previous president and intensifiying anger among some Hispanics. So to discourage children in Central America from making the dangerous trek across Mexico by themselves, Obama approved a plan this week to allow several thousand of these children to apply for refugee status so as to join relatives already living in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 02: Blanca Hernandez of Washington, DC is escorted out of the room as she heckles U.S. President Barack Obama over lack of executive action on deportation during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center October 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Last October, President Obama paid a visit to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala to reassure Latino voters about his intentions for immigration and to urge them to vote for Democrats in the mid-term elections. As Obama touted the political progress he’s made during his six years in office, Blanca Hernandez, a noted “undocumented activist” began shouting, “We need relief now!” at the president. “There’s no administrative action coming from your administration!” Obama told her to be patient and that he was getting to that. Then, he continued with his speech as security personnel dragged Hernandez away.

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9: A woman in Bridgeport, Conn., on immigration … again 

BRIDGEPORT, CT - NOVEMBER 02: Hecklers on immigration policy interrupt U.S. President Barack Obama as he speaks in support of of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on November 2, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On the weekend before Election Day the president is trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote. Polls show a tight race in many states with most analysts predicting that the Republicans are on track to make gains and possibly control the U.S. Senate. Malloy is currently in a dead heat with Republican Tom Foley. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A heckler on immigration policy interrupts President Obama as he speaks in support of of Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy on November 2, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Two days before the mid-term elections last November, President Obama appeared at a campaign rally for Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy. Several hecklers disrupted Obama’s speech, but it was one woman whose yelling really caught the president’s attention. “Young lady, hold on a second,” Obama said to her. “You’re a Dreamer and I gave you relief, administratively, and we’re gonna work on the next one. The Republicans are blocking immigration reform — that’s one more reason why we need a Democratic Senate,” Obama told her. “So I support you. I’m with you.”

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10: A woman in Boston, Mass., on the Keystone XL Pipeline project 

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Faneuil Hall on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The rollout of the law has been marred by glitches in the web site as well as some people having their health insurance cancelled. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama responds to a heckler while speaking  at Faneuil Hall about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

In October 2013, President Obama appeared at the historic Faneuil Hall, “where, seven years ago, Democrats and Republicans came together to make health [care] reform a reality for the people of Massachusetts,” to discuss rollout of Obamacare. Less than four minutes into his talk, a man and a woman began shouting in unison, urging Obama to stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Obama smiled politely and patiently, before pointing out, “That is the wrong rally!” The audience laughed and applauded. “We had the climate change rally back in the summer! This is the health care rally.” The hecklers were later identified as Sophie Robinson and Shea Riester.

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11: A woman in New York, NY, on “war in Iran” 

President Obama responds to a heckler during a speech at a fundraiser in New York City. (YouTube)

President Obama responds to a heckler during a speech at a fundraiser in New York City. (YouTube)

Back in March 2012, Obama spoke at a big fundraising event in New York City. Several celebs were on hand. People reportedly paid $1,000 for the chance to be there. And as President Obama was speaking, a woman shouted out, “Use your leadership! No war in Iran!”

“Nobody’s announced a war, young lady,” Obama replied, smiling. “But we appreciate your sentiment. You’re jumping the gun a little bit.” The crowd, mostly twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings, according to reports, ate it up.

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12: A woman in New York, NY, on AIDS research funding

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A woman heckling Obama and holding a “Broken Promises” sign at an even in New York City. (YouTube)

During a September 2010 campaign rally in New York City, ahead of the mid-term elections, Obama was trying to drum up support for Democratic candidates when a group of protesters interrupted and heckled him over what they saw as a lack of AIDS funding. One woman holding a “broken promises” sign was particularly persistent, but Obama, as he always does, humored her. “We have increased AIDS funding at a time when the budget has gone down,” Obama told her. The woman refused to give up, though, and Obama tried keep the speech moving along. “We listened to you, we heard your point,” he told her. “And as I said before, we increased AIDS funding. Now, if you wanna have a conversation later about how we can increase it even more, it’s a conversation I’m happy to have.”

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