President Barack Obama was heckled while giving a speech in Syracuse, New York on Wednesday.
According to NBC's Shawna Thomas, two women were taken out of the event after yelling at Obama. One of the women had a sign that said "Free Bradley Manning," referring to the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for handing WikiLeaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents detailing the inner workings of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2 women were escorted out after yelling at the potus event in Syracuse. One woman had a sign: "Free Bradley Manning" pic.twitter.com/Q4RBNNRXe4
— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) August 22, 2013
NBC's Alicia Jennings also tweeted about the incident:
Obama heckled in Syracuse and struggles for a minute to get control of the crowd back "hold on. Hold on. Hold on. Hold on."
— Alicia Jennings, NBC (@locamama) August 22, 2013
According to CBS's Mark Knoller, Obama defended the heckler before moving on with his speech:
Though briefly interrupted by a heckler, Pres Obama defended her: "As hecklers go, that young lady was very polite."
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 22, 2013
Obama is currently on a bus tour to promote his plan for a new government rating system for colleges and universities. Before stopping in Syracuse on Thursday, he spoke at the University at Buffalo and stopped by the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center.
Joanna Zelman contributed to this report.