CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin weighed in on President Barack Obama’s interruption by Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro during a Rose Garden press conference on Friday. Yellin told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said that it gave the President an opportunity to “show emotion” and “sound passionate” about the issue of immigration. “And that’s what so many of his supporters have been saying we need from – they need from him right now,” Yellin concluded.”
Yellin said that “Latino voters, by majority” support the President” already. She said that the President’s initiative will help energize them to turn out and vote in November.
Yellin said that President Obama did promise immigration reform in his 2008 campaign but failed to deliver on that promise. This executive order is an attempt to repair some of the damage done by that broken promise. “Folks may say it’s very little or it’s late, but it’s something,” said Yellin.
“The one thing I’d add, if I may, about the heckler you heard there. While it breaks White House decorum, Brooke, what we saw from the President which we haven’t seen in so many weeks was emotion,” said Yellin. “It gave him an opportunity to sound passionate about this.”
“He did sound passionate,” Yellin continued. “And that’s what so many of his supporters have been saying we need from – they need from him right now. So, in a way, it was a positive moment for the President when he declared his strong support for this – he sounded engaged.”
“He was mad,” added Baldwin.
“He hates being interrupted,” Yellin concluded.
Watch the segment below via CNN:
Editor’s note: This post has been edited since its original posting – Jon Nicosia
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