Excuse me, sir...It’s not time for questions, sir. Not while I’m speaking.
~ President Barack Obama to Neil Munro, Rose Garden Heckler today
Sometimes, the president does answer shouted questions. At the end of a March 23 Rose garden event, for example, he answered a shouted question about Trayvon Martin, a Florida youth killed in February.
On Friday The Daily Caller asked a question as his speech appeared to be ending.
The president rebuked the TheDC, but then he declined to answer any other questions when he finished his carefully crafted statement.
"Heckler" Neil Munro of Daily Caller, describing his interaction with President Obama
I don’t remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan. And she shouldn’t have. A reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers. Our job is to find out what the federal government is up to. Politicians often don’t want to tell us. A good reporter gets the story. We’re proud of Neil Munro.
~ Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief of Daily Caller
The President today announced a very controversial policy and does not want to answer tough questions about it. Neil Munro is a veteran Washington reporter who today tried his best to time his question to be first as the President was wrapping up his remarks. He in no way meant to heckle the President of the United States.
Neil Patel, Publisher of Daily Caller
It was discourteous. It's not the way reporters who cover the White House conduct themselves. The White House Correspondents Association always encourages vigorous questioning of the president, but that does not extend to rude interruptions of the president in the middle of a speech. I've thrown questions to the President before, but reporters typically wait until he's finished speaking.
Caren Bohan, President of WHCA
Here's my article about the president's refusal to answer questions about his controversial immigration decision; thedc.com/MP6Qiv— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) June 15, 2012
We are very proud of, @NeilMunroDC for doing his job— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 15, 2012
Neil Munro & Tucker Carlson: Protecting America from evil illegal Mexican babies who grow up wanting to work & pay taxes.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 15, 2012
@sullydish The Daily Caller apparently is journo-enough to get a press pass to the Rose Garden.— Jenn (@jlms_qkw) June 15, 2012
Fox News' Chris Wallace says Daily Caller guy 'should not be allowed back in the White House' with a press pass. Shep Smith also critical.— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) June 15, 2012
Clearly,bath salts have become a problem at The Daily Caller.— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 15, 2012
I can't think of anything more patriotic than interrupting the president when he's announcing a new policy. Neil Munro, thank you!— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) June 15, 2012
I've had this Daily Caller fellow try to start arguments with me after WH press briefings. I see he's aiming higher.— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 15, 2012
and today was the last day the daily caller ever got a credential for anything, anywhere in washington— john r stanton (@bigjohnrc) June 15, 2012
The Daily Caller should be ashamed and Neil Munro should be banned from the White House. - billpressshow.com/2012/06/15/sti…— Bill Press (@bpshow) June 15, 2012
Neil Munro, Daily Caller's soon to be ex-White House bod, also recently boorish and drunk at British Embassy #boo— Nico Hines (@NicoHines) June 15, 2012
Daily Caller website defends its reporter's heckling @ White House today.Cites Sam Donaldson / Ronald Reagan example.Close but no cigar.— Simon Marks (@SimonMarksFSN) June 15, 2012
Tucker Carlson "I don’t remember Diane Sawyer scolding her colleague Sam Donaldson for heckling President Reagan." ow.ly/bBXoC— Alex Pappas (@AlexPappasDC) June 15, 2012
Heckler identified himself as Neil Monroe (sp?) with the Daily Caller. Says he's an immigrant himself. Then walked off.— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) June 15, 2012
“@keithboykin: The White House should ban The Daily Caller from future press briefings.”This all part of their brown shirt tactics.— Charley S. (@charley047) June 15, 2012
Since Neil Munro is so worried about Obama's plan, let's deport Munro back to Ireland and give an American his job. Problem solved.— Dennis (dmerser91) (@dmerser91) June 15, 2012
I was two people over from Neil Munro. No one thought the president was wrapping up. I give that statement a great big Cow Pie Award.— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) June 15, 2012
Not such breaking news: Puerile Tucker Carlson defends ill-bred, ill-read, ill-led reporter Neil Munro. is.gd/u3Y0AI— Suzanne Munshower (@expatina) June 15, 2012
Neil Munro is Irish-bornbit.ly/MPptmithus an immigrant to America himself. Right Wingers really dont get irony.— Progressive Buzz (@progBuzz) June 15, 2012
It would have been pretty cool if Obama had ended his exchange with Neil Munro today by saying, "By the way, that's a clown question, bro."— Dave Bry (@davebry9) June 15, 2012
Geraldo: Neil Munro, ‘The Jerk’ Who Interrupted POTUS, ‘Deserves To Have His Ass Kicked’: The Daily Caller’s Whi... bit.ly/LhARMe— IceCat (@IceCat4) June 15, 2012