Wrong Kind of Shoutout to Obama

Journal-isms: President Obama has dealt with a number of inappropriate outbursts, and many link those instances to his race.

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Even Fox News Calls Reporter’s Breach Disrespectful

The interruption stunned White House correspondents and television viewers,” Brian Stelter wrote Friday in the New York Times. “And it clearly surprised President Obama, too.”

A reporter for the conservative Daily Caller website interrupted Obama’s Rose Garden announcement of a change in immigration policy in what some reporters characterized as heckling and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus called further disrespect of the first African American in the White House.

In a surprising breach of normal etiquette, President Barack Obama’s Rose Garden remarks on Friday were interrupted by heckling from reporter Neil Munro of the website Daily Caller, whose editor-in-chief is conservative commentator Tucker Carlson,” Byron Tau and Donovan Slack reported for Politico.

“Obama, announcing a change of policy that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation if they meet certain criteria, was interrupted mid-speech by Munro.

” ‘Why’d you favor foreigners over Americans?’ Munro shouted.

” ‘Excuse me, sir, but it’s not time for questions,’ Obama responded.

” ‘Are you going to take questions?’ Munro asked.

” ‘Not while I’m speaking.’ Obama said.”