President Obama looks at Charles King (of Housing Works) who heckled him during his remarks about the new National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the White House July 13, 2010
In that first picture the President looked like he didn’t appreciate that guy’s behavior. I don’t blame you Mr. President. People need to learn how to act, I guess that King guy haven’t learn yet.
Shame on the rude person for heckling a man in his own house!
Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen our President look like that before. He is usually smiling and accommodating. That look is Serious and he has a fixed gaze– S E C U R I T Y Almost scary!!! I read when he was growing up his grandfather taught him how to box. Old man you look like you are going to get one right now. What did the man say? The one lady has her head in her hand as if she is embarrassed. The last picture, President Obama has his hand but neither one is smiling. Anybody have the video?
Hi, the video isn’t on YouTube yet but Politico has it:
The guy interrupts the speech at around 1.55.
The heckler is Charles King, president of Housing Works, a community-based AIDS organization – here’s an article from AP in which he is quoted:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday a new strategy for combatting HIV and AIDS fulfills America’s obligation to stopping the spread of the virus and rooting out the inequities and attitudes on which it thrives.
The strategy sets a goal of reducing new infections by 25 percent over the next five years; getting treatment for 85 percent of patients within three months of their diagnosis; and increasing education about the virus, even in communities with low rates of infection.
“Fighting HIV/AIDS in America and around the world will require more than just fighting the virus,” Obama said at a White House reception honoring the work of the HIV and AIDS community. “It will require a broader effort to make life more just and equitable.”
More than 1.1 million Americans live with HIV. About 56,000 are infected each year, a rate that has held steady for about a decade.
“We’ve been keeping pace when we should be gaining ground,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said earlier Tuesday.
The strategy is the result of more than a year of discussions between the administration, state and local officials, advocacy groups and the private sector. The administration is allocating $30 million from the massive health care overhaul Congress passed earlier this year toward implementation of the new plan.
Some AIDS activists criticized the plan for not setting more ambitious goals and for not funding the benchmarks it lays out.
“The president’s plan is so flawed that it might actually represent a step backwards in combating HIV and AIDS in the United States,” said Charles King, president of Housing Works, a community-based AIDS organization.
More on Charles King:
Housing Works President and CEO Charles King is one of the preeminent leaders in the fight against AIDS in the U.S. One of a handful of people living with HIV at the head of a major AIDS organization, King cofounded Housing Works in 1990 with his life partner Keith Cylar. When Cylar passed away in 2004, King took the reins. “One of my biggest challenge has been to keep Housing Works focused on its advocacy mission, even while we continue to grow and offer more services to more people living with HIV/AIDS,” he says.
Born and raised in a small town in Texas, King attended Yale University’s law school and divinity school and was ordained as a Baptist minister by an African-American church in New Haven, Connecticut. He conducts a weekly Bible study course at Housing Works’ Keith D. Cylar House, where he lives in a small, book-lined studio. King also leads Housing Works’ advocacy department and has been arrested dozens of times; his black cowboy hat and long ponytail are as much a part of our protests as banners and chants. “No matter what we’ve accomplished, to me Housing Works remains a healing community, a place where people who have been disenfranchised have an opportunity to give and receive healing and wholeness,” he says.
ThanX Chipsticks for the links. I was not aware of this organization. The main thing that anyone can do who has a serious illness is to stay in harmony with ones self. Screaming and shouting does not promote the inner calmness that is needed to be a peace.
Oh, one more thing Chipsticks, I really enjoy your site. I come here at least 2 a day. It is nice to enjoy President Obama & family presented in photos. It is refreshing not to have to encounter all thos e hate blogs. ThanX again, you make my days a little nicer.
I saw this earlier and President Obama sure was angry. You could hear it in his voice.
I don’t think he’d been having a good day either – the stuff about the ABC poll that the media is obsessed with, the BP thing the economy etc.
I could only image just how much willpower it takes for him to keep his cool.
And then for this guy to disrespect him (the President) like this at the White House.
I’m sure the guy has concerns, but that definately wasn’t the time and place for him to voice it.
Our President is a a role model for civility and graciousness, he also welcomes dissent. That said, clearly he doesn’t seem happy with Mr. Kings method of delivery. Our media works over time to inflate negativity and drama, or so it seems to me.
I am grateful for this website and also visit it daily, as well as whitehouse.gov to maintain a sense of balance and always a welcome injection of Hope. Thanks for the soft spot to land.
@Chipsticks……I have said before how glad I was to fine this blog, because I get so tired of the hate for this family. When you read some of the comments made about him and Michelle, you know it’s not about policies or how he is running this country. It’s about the color of these people, the Obamas. Look at the tea party, they are fill with racists, but do you see how the media ignore that. The media have turn against the President also, all yesterday they talked about the poll, how the President’s number have gone done. But they don’t tell you that at this same period in Regean, GW Bush, and Clinton’s presidency their poll numbers were 46%, 44%, and 42%. So why so much downing this President? Considering the big mess he was lefted to deal with, I think he is doing a good job.
You know what? Nothing comes easy and President Obama will be the first to tell you that. I mean if you look at the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandella, any person or figure who has tried to bend the curve to justice has had very trying and hard times getting there.
And so will President Obama because it is by facing these trials and tribulations that greatness is achieved.
So fear not. President Obama is on the right track and he will prevail!
And thank you Chipsticks again from the bottom of my heart for this place of solitude.
I totally agree with you,Donna,and it is going to get a lot worse. These are the mid-term elections. The summer, up until November is going to rough on President Obama. He is already getting stength you can see it everyday.
In his book, “Dreams from my Father”: a coming of age book, he writes of how some of the political powers in Chicago wanted him to step aside to let someone else that was more well known than him to win. He wouldn’t do it. There is a tremendous amount of strength, courage and determination he has. He came to Washington with the expressed purpose of trying to help people work together to help the average American. Washington (Congress) does not care about us. I think during the next 3 months, you will see him change a little as far as not allowing the Republicans say what they want to get re-elected. Come November, Vote, please and Vote for the candidate that will help our President get the job done for you and me. And the Media, my goodness, they just make up stuff!! Even with all this nonsense being leveled against him, I think he will still maintain that kindness and the respect he always speaks about because it is the foundation of his character.
I’m looking at the body language in those photos. Who’s in charge of the conversation? It’s the President.
I pray for our beloved President and his family daily. I pray for his strength, health, peace of mind and definitely protection. I KNOW that God has his back. God is watching over him and his family. He will do fine.
I don’t care how passionate one is about any cause, you simply do not disrespect the President of the United States; And especially not when you’ve been invited by said President to the White House – shame on Charles King or whatever his name – his behavior was inexcusable!
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