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Obama Meets Hecklers at NYC Fundraiser

Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 01:11 PM

President Obama can’t get no respect, to borrow from beloved, deceased comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Not only are Republicans and a growing percentage of the general public fed up with him, but even his staunchest backers are abandoning the president.

Obama was heckled by gay and lesbian supporters at a fundraising event at a New York City hotel Wednesday night. They apparently think he’s not pushing hard enough to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell rule” or hard enough to increase AIDS spending, WNBC-TV reports.

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The protesters held signs reading "Broken Promises Kill," according to Politico.

Obama wasn’t too pleased with the reception. He strayed from his prepared speech to address the protestors. He noted that it was Republicans who recently blocked the defense authorization bill that would repeal don’t ask, don’t tell.

"As a consequence some of those signs should be going up at the other folks’ event," Obama said, according to DNAinfo news service. "Folks should be hollering at the other folks’ event, because the choice in November could not be clearer."

The fundraiser reportedly raised $1.4 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Senate campaign committee. But the Democrats didn’t have an easy time drawing attendees.

The Daily Beast reported that tickets were available for as little as $50. “Who would have thought that six weeks before a cliffhanger election, President Obama would have to reach down to the D list to fill a room to listen to him?” famed author Gail Sheehy wrote on the web site.

“Most of us low rollers arrived early to see President Obama up close and personal. Our tickets for the general reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York were only $100. Some thought the email invitation was a joke. Some bought tickets for $50 from their desperate Democratic committeeman. Some bought the same day.”

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