President's 'my house' joke draws backlash
WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) President Obama's remarks during a Pride Month reception at the White House made headlines Wednesday evening, but not for a reason you'd expect.
When he was heckled by an audience member at the beginning of his speech the President quickly ended the disruption, saying "no" repeatedly before saying: "Listen, you're in my house."
This is not the first time the President has made news for his response to hecklers and he has previously used a joke to ease tense interactions with rambunctious crowd members .
CNN video of a 2014 DNC fundraiser speech shows President Obama saying " I love you too" to a man heckling him and saying " You kinda of screwed up my ending, but that's okay." The response was met with laughter and applause, just like Wednesday night's was.
When heckled by a crowd member during a 2013 speech on immigration President Obama engaged with the young man, The LA Times reported, ultimately using the heckler's comments to make a point.
The 2014 reply came at the end of a speech and didn't compromise the President's message, his response to the heckler in 2013 aligned perfectly with the agenda he was speaking about that day. The joke President Obama made on Wednesday failed to align with his known goal of making The White House live up to its nickname "The People's House."
"It's the "People's House." It's a place that is steeped in history, but it's also a place where everyone should feel welcome," First Lady Michelle Obama said in holiday preview remarks back in 2010.
More than 3.8 million people have visited The White House during the Obama administration, according to White House.gov.
"The White House is known as "The People's House" and since 2009, the Obama administration has made that nickname truer than ever before," a post on The White House Blog reads.