It was a rowdy crowd yesterday at the House of Blues, where the president at a reelection fundraiser exalted Obamacare to raucous applause and the shouted reminder, “Don’t forget medical marijuana!” But the most memorable exchange happened earlier in the evening, when a self-proclaimed-Jesus-loving heckler called Obama “the anti-Christ.”
Obama got a rude welcome shortly after he took the stage when a bearded man standing in the front row near the stage began heckling him.
“Christian God is the one and only true living God, the creator of Heaven and the Universe,” he shouted, as the crowd began booing loudly to try to drown him out.
Obama stopped speaking and smiled uncomfortably at him as the man continued shouting: “I love Jesus. Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is the son of God.”
Eventually, the Secret Service plunged into the crowd and dragged the man toward the exit. “Jesus Christ is God; Barack Obama is the antichrist!” he shouted.
The president handled it all rather graciously, but I’m skeptical as to when and in what context this little piece of audience anger will appear in another of our leader’s speeches. If the boos of a few people provided Obama with fodder for classless and cowardly accusations against the GOP at large, I’ll not be surprised if the isolated antics of a lone yeller reappear as unpresidential panderings at some point in the future, as well. It would have been better if the man hadn’t shouted the highly charged term at the president of the United States, just as it would have been better if no audience members had expressed derision for the gay soldier at the Fox/Google debate. But before anyone cites this “anti-Christ” incident as evidence of conservative incivility, I humbly offer the reminder that what examples of conservative boorishness we’ve seen of late have come from independent crowd members — while the incendiary utterances of the left have issued forth from the lips of the likes of the vice president, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Congressmen-and-women and, to a certain extent, the president himself. That’s the oft-repeated difference.
Still, that’s not an excuse for idiotic proclamations from anyone — just another caution against the hypocrisy of some easily-offended liberals. For what it’s worth (and slightly OT), I hope no conservatives anywhere ever indulge in the sort of atrocious, vile language Alec Baldwin’s Twitter lovers recently lobbed at Michelle Malkin. I’m just not inured enough yet to the insults of the other side to be able to laugh at such disgusting expressions — and I’m pretty sure my heart would actually break if I found out those whose policy positions I agree with are no better.