"I had an invitation, somebody gave me an invitation who I'm not at liberty to disclose," Benjamin said. "I had my head down for about two hours and was talking on the phone for about two hours. I tried to be inconspicuous. I think sometimes I must be invisible," Benjamin said. "There were a couple of journalists that came over to talk to me, but that's about it."
Her heckling, which protested Obama's use of drone strikes and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, among other topics, provoked reactions from all sides. Good, bad and ugly are the traditional categories, but let's go with reasonable, stupid and hilarious, as a more accurate spread for this one.
3 Reasonable Reactions To Medea Benjamin's Heckling:
Yes, they have LOL in their handle, but LOLGOP makes a good point. Obama was arguing for a lot of what Benjamin wanted: closing Guantanamo, foreign aid, etc. There are others, like Senator Graham, who make a much more logical target for Medea.
Seriously, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS RIGHT NOW SAYING YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO @medeabenjamin— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 23, 2013
Friendly liberal Chris Hayes of MSNBC was as shocked as the rest of us that Obama actually engaged with what Benjamin was saying. It wasn't just a "okay, I acknowledge you, now you acknowledge the hallway," sort of thing either, he actually responded to her.
Yeah, good point Dirk. Is anyone trying to figure out who let Medea in? Someone gave her a pass, and she's not saying who. Maybe a sneaky reporter will ferret this out.
3 Stupid Reactions To Medea Benjamin's Heckling:
I think Medea Benjamin should get a Nobel Prize, but I do have a nagging thought: what if a jerky right winger did the same thing?— Kurt Newman (@sadbillionaire) May 24, 2013
Could be worse, but a Nobel Prize? Really? There aren't peace activists that have done a little more? I know it's hyperbole, but Benjamin's heckling was more interesting than heroic.
Code Pink Heckler Completely Derails Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech: ‘You Can Close Gitmo Today!’ bit.ly/14VS6sw (VIDEO)— Mediaite (@Mediaite) May 23, 2013
Alright, being a little hard on Mediaite here, who I like enough, but "completely derails?" Yes, she got Obama to stop speaking, but in the end, she was the stress test that made the speech stronger. Obama played this one about as well as he could.
Who doesn't realize the code pink heckler at Obamas speech was a plant. She spoke for Obama.— Douglas Martin (@Crossbowman1) May 24, 2013
So, as Mr. Martin imagines it, the Obama staffers are looking over their script for the day. Everyone has combed over it and says it looks good.
Then someone says, "you know, there's not a lot of fire here. We need to perk it up a little."
Another staffer: "I know! We'll have someone pretend to be a heckler and say a lot of what Obama is saying, but acting like she's attacking him from the left!"
First staffer: "This is not pointless and will accomplish all of our goals. I know just who to call."
Lastly, the hilarious one (twitter was a little weak in this category, lots of fighting over who to be mad at). This only makes sense if you know that Tyler Perry's movies are frequently about a recurring character named Medea.
"Medea Benjamin Yells At Obama," is the worst Tyler Perry movie yet.— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) May 23, 2013