‘Sit down,’ President Barack Obama begged – not ‘get out’ – after two Hispanic hecklers interrupted his economic speech on Thursday with shouts about illegal immigration.
Then, for the first time in his presidency, the Secret Service stood down and Obama promised to meet with them before he left.
‘I’m sorry, what are you yelling about now?’ Obama said amid the sudden yelling. ‘Sit down, guys. I’m almost done.’
‘Come on, sit down. I’ll talk to you afterwards, I promise. I’ll bring you back. I’m wrapping things up here.’
The White House’s transcript of his remarks in the liberal enclave of Austin, Texas omits what the protesters said, but Obama replied, ‘I understand. See, everybody is going to start – I’m on your side, man. Sit down, guys, we’ll talk about it later, I promise.’