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Shouting Down that Uppity…

President Obama to Daily Caller reporter who heckled him during Rose Garden speech on immigration:

The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask a question.

What Salon’s Joan Walsh has aptly called “Frat Boy Conservatism” is on the rise, with conservatives getting bolder and bolder about revealing their contempt not just for President Obama, but for anyone who supports him. As Walsh points out, the Romney campaign has sent supporters to heckle David Axelrod at a press conference, and driven one of its buses around an Obama event, repeatedly honking its horn in an attempt to disrupt it. Now we have Daily Caller reporter Neal Munro interrupting the President during a speech.

The Caller has pronounced themselves “very proud” of Munro for “doing his job,” and Munro himself is now claiming it’s all a matter of bad timing, saying “I always go to the White House prepared with questions for our president. I timed the question believing the president was closing his remarks, because naturally I have no intention of interrupting the President of the United States.” It’s not an especially credible explanation if you watch the video.

I recently heard someone defend Joe Wilson yelling “you lie” to Obama during a speech as a daring, anti-authority gesture. It wasn’t, and neither is this most recent example. It’s an act, rather of entitlement, a gesture of white, upper-class contempt for a man perceived as “not really the president” by virtue of his politics, his back ground, and his skin color.

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