Obama Heckled Gitmo: Watch Code Pink Protester Heckle President During Speech [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on May 23, 2013 5:33 PM EDT

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Obama was heckled at a Gitmo speech on Thursday. The heckler, identified as Medea Benjamin of the anti-war group Code Pink, was removed by security. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

Obama, heckled at a Gitmo speech on Thursday, deviated from his script to address the heckler personally.

"Part of free speech is you being able to speak," he said. "But also me being able to speak. And you listening."

During the president's speech about Guantanamo Bay, or Gitmo, for short, Medea Benjamin, a protester who has been present at Obama's speeches in the past, implored, among other things: "Can you take the drones out of the hands of the CIA?"

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"Will you apologize for the thousands of Muslims that you have killed?" she shouted. "Abide by the rule of law!"

Business Insider reports that Benjamin interrupted the president when the topic reached drone policy and the closing of Guantanamo Bay.

"You are commander-in-chief! You can close Gitmo today!" she shouted.

Code Pink dubs is a left-leaning nonprofit that focuses on anti-war issues. It also tackles controversial issues like Palestinian statehood and health care. "[Code Pink] is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S. funded wars and occupations," it says on the organization's website. The group participates in marches and protests and can be identified by their signature hot-pink shirts.

After the interruptions, Obama was able to say that he will implore Congress to lift the restriction on detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay.

Watch Obama's reaction as the Obama heckler shouts at him from the auditorium audience (video from YouTube user Les Grossman):

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