LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama was ‘politely’ heckled by Bradley Manning supporters while delivering a speech Thursday in Syracuse, New York.
Two women, one of whom was carrying a “Free Bradley Manning” sign, were escorted from the event after disrupting the speech.
Obama was giving remarks at Henninger High School as part of his college affordability tour that focuses on reducing the rising costs of education for students and their families.
The president was commenting on the resiliency of Americans during the economic downturn when the young women interrupted the speech. Her exact remarks were inaudible.
Obama appeared unfazed and playful after the hecklers’ disruption.
“Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite,” Obama said. “She was. And, you know, she brought up an issue of importance and that’s part of what America is all about.”
The women have been identified as Ursula Rozum and Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre of the Bradley Manning Support Network, CNY Central reports.
Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking an unprecedented amount of classified information to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, has stated he wishes to live the remainder of his life as Chelsea Manning, a woman.