May 23, 2013

Anti-war protester shouts at Obama during speech

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was interrupted three times by a woman who shouted about drones and detainees in Cuba as he delivered a speech on national security.

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Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin is surrounded by security as she shouts at President Barack Obama during his speech on national security, Thursday. She was removed from the auditorium.

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The woman was identified as Medea Benjamin from the anti-war group Code Pink. Benjamin yelled from behind a bank of cameras before security removed her from the hall at National Defense University in Washington.

Obama said at one point he was willing to "cut the young lady some slack" because the issues he was addressing are worth being passionate about.

Benjamin shouted, quote, "86 were cleared already. Release them today!"

That appears to be a reference to detainees who remain in Cuba despite being cleared for transfer from the facility.

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