“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.”