Obama traveled to Michigan as part of a last-minute effort to rally his base around vulnerable Democrat candidates across the country.
It is unclear 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 paused his speech for more than two minutes to address the heckler.
“But this is what I mean. This is what I mean. I mean we’re having a conversation,” Obama said as the crowd attempted to drown out the heckler by chanting “Obama” repeatedly.
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Obama then lectured the man on civility as security guards escorted him out of the rally. Obama said:
Right now, I’m talking. You’ll have a chance to talk sometime soon. We don’t have to interrupt each other. We don’t have to shout each other down, that’s not a good way to do business. You wouldn’t do that in workplaces. You wouldn’t just interrupt people in the middle of a conversation. It’s not how we do things.
However, the heckler disrupted Obama’s speech so much that it took several pleas from Obama before the crowd focused their attention back on him.
“So listen,” Obama said in an attempt to regain control of the crowd. “No, no, no no. Wait, wait, wait,” Obama repeatedly said.
“Quiet down,” Obama told the crowd. At one point, he shouted, “Hold on a minute,” at the crowd to regain their attention.
While Obama attempted to sway Michigan voters into supporting 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 are running from Joe Biden; Gretchen Whitmer is bringing him in. It’s just marrying her more to those radical policies,” Dixon told Breitbart News. “They believe that Barack Obama can bring this back to her, and I think it’s too little, too late.”
Dixon also spoke about how Whitmer’s school closures galvanized suburban women across Michigan to vote against the incumbent.
“Now she’s losing her base across the state because her base is suburban women,” Dixon said. “Suburban women are saying, ‘Woah, woah, we missed graduations. We missed proms. We missed sports. Our kids missed all of their milestones, and now you’re telling us it didn’t happen?’ It’s outrageous.”
Dixon also said Whitmer is “gaslighting” Michiganders by lying about how long schools were closed during the pandemic.
“So this idea that they weren’t shut down is just completely false. And people are not going to take this. This gaslighting, ‘Oh, you actually weren’t shut down,'” Dixon said.
Obama, who campaigned in Georgia on Friday on behalf of Sen. Raphael Warnock, will travel to Nevada on Tuesday and then Pennsylvania on November 5.