Pres. Obama To Heckler: ‘You Can Hold Your Own Rally. You’re Being Rude’

During a rally Ohio State University on Thursday, President Obama‘s speech about energy was interrupted by a heckler. Pausing, Obama directly addressed the man, asking him not to interrupt. “You’re being rude,” he said.

Drawing applause, Obama responded: “Sir, I’m here to speak to these folks. You can hold your own rally. You’re being rude.”

It seems the man was holding up a book he wanted the president to read. Obama told him:

“Sir, I’m trying to talk to these people. I’ll be happy to read your book. If you wanna give me your book, I’ll be happy to read it, but don’t interrupt my conversation with these folks. Alright? Show me some courtesy, alright? […] Okay, now where was I?”

He then motioned for Secret Service to get the book from the man.

The Hill notes that activists had organized a protest outside the university, “criticizing the president for throwing his support behind the southern portion of the Keystone Xl oil pipeline.”

Jamie Henn, spokesman for, one of the groups that organized Thursday’s protest, said, “We didn’t tell people to interrupt the President, but clearly there is a lot of emotion around this issue, so I’m not surprised someone blurted that out during the talk.”

Take a look, via CBS News:

(H/T CBS News)

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