‘Don’t boo! Vote’: Obama’s masterclass on dealing with protesters

“Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second!” Obama said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 5, 2016 1:11 pm
President Barack Obama smiles at the crowd while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) President Barack Obama smiles at the crowd while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In an act fitting of a president and more importantly a leader, Barack Obama indirectly showed Americans why they might reconsider amending the constitution to give the man a third term in the White House after all.

It all started when a protester, dressed in what appeared to be some kind of military uniform and holding a pro-Donald Trump placard, began disrupting the president’s speech in North Carolina. The crowd, that consisted primarily of African-Americans, began booing the man and moved towards him in a bid to placate him. But Obama immediately asked the crowd to settle down and not hurt the man.

“Wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold up. Hold up,” Obama shouted into the microphone at the crowd.

“Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second!” Obama said. “You’ve got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate…We live in a country that respects free speech. It looks like he might have served in our military – we’ve got to respect that,” the president said in a calm tone that enthused the supporters to applaud him for his stand.

“Don’t boo! Vote. Don’t boo, vote. C’mon,” he said as the crowd erupted in applause.

However, that didn’t stop Trump from completely twisting the events and accusing the president of screaming at the protester.

“He was talking to the protester, screaming at him, really screaming at him,” Trump said at a different rally. “By the way, if I spoke the way Obama spoke to that protester they would say, ‘He became unhinged,’” he said.

Election Day in the US is November 9 when voters across the country would cast their ballots either in favour of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.