Former President Barack Obama struggled to control a Michigan crowd after a heckler interrupted his campaign speech in support of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday.
Obama visited Michigan as part of a last-minute effort to rally his base around vulnerable Democratic candidates across the country.
It is not clear from the video of Obama’s speech what the heckler said, but it was enough to get the former president’s attention.
“Come on,” Obama complained as he interrupted his speech for more than two minutes to address the heckler.
Obama trying to get the crowd to pay attention to him after being heckled reminds me of a student teacher trying to control a classroom 😂 pic.twitter.com/4lu3eB4IzJ
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 29, 2022
“But that’s what I mean. That’s what I mean. I mean we are having a conversation,” Obama said as the crowd tried to drown out the rowdy by chanting “Obama” repeatedly.
Obama then lectured the man on civility as security guards escorted him out of the rally. obama said:
Right now, I’m talking. You will soon have the opportunity to speak. We don’t have to interrupt. We don’t have to yell at each other, it’s not a good way to do business. You wouldn’t do that in the workplace. You wouldn’t just interrupt people in the middle of a conversation. That’s not how we do things.
However, the rowdy disrupted Obama’s speech so much that it took several calls from Obama before the crowd focused their attention on him again.
“So listen,” Obama said in an attempt to regain control of the crowd. “No No No No. Wait, wait, wait,” Obama repeated over and over.
“Calm down,” Obama told the crowd. At one point, he shouted “Wait a minute” to the crowd to regain their attention.
While Obama has tried to get Michigan voters to back Whitmer, Republican challenger Tudor Dixon thinks the Democrats’ efforts are “too little, too late.”
“Now they’re bringing in Barack Obama. They brought in Kamala Harris. They brought in Joe Biden. Most people run away from Joe Biden; Gretchen Whitmer brings him over. It only marries her more to these radical policies,” Dixon told Breitbart News. “They believe Barack Obama can bring that back to him, and I think it’s too little, too late.”
Dixon also explained how Whitmer’s school closings caused suburban Michigan women to vote against the incumbent.
“Now she’s losing her base across the state because her base is made up of suburban women,” Dixon said. “The suburban women say, ‘Woah, woah, we missed the diplomas. We missed the balls. We missed sports. Our kids missed all of their milestones, and now you’re telling us that didn’t happen? It’s scandalous.
Dixon also said Whitmer was “enlightening” Michiganders by lying about how long schools will be closed during the pandemic.
“So this idea that they haven’t been shut down is just wrong. And people are not going to accept that. That gaslight, ‘Oh, actually, you weren’t off,'” Dixon said.
Obama, who campaigned in Georgia on Friday on behalf of Sen. Raphael Warnock, will travel to Nevada on Tuesday and then to Pennsylvania on November 5.
Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.