President Obama, who is in town this week (watch your editor's terrible footage of his grand arrival here), was at the Fairmont Hotel last night stumping for Sen. Barbara Boxer. While Obama was speaking to the rabid crowd of fans, Kip Williams, co-founder of queer rights group GetEqual, showed up to "heckled" the president over his failure to swiftly repeal the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
"I interrupted our President, and I asked him to stop all discharges of lesbian and gay servicemembers until the policy is fully repealed," explained Williams, who went on to chide the media for describing his one-man protest as "heckling," which, you know, it kinda was. Anyway.
"It's good to see you," Obama shot back, the crowd breaking out into an odd, mesmerizing chant of "Yes we can."
"I have to say, you know, I saw this guy down in LA at a Barbara Boxer event about a month and a half ago," Obama went on. "And I...two points I want to make: I hate to say this, but you really should...buy a ticket to a guy who doesn't support what he wants to demonstrate." Applause, accusations of not reading ye olde print newspapers.
Watch the encounter here.
In a letter, Williams defends his impromptu actions: