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A heckler’s guide: how those in power should handle protest

In the past week, both President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been interrupted by what some call hecklers, but I prefer to call protesters. I was the one who interrupted President Obama’s speechat the National Defense University with my impassioned questions about drone strikes and Guantánamo.

After my interventions, the president graciously replied, “That woman’s voice is worth listening to.” But when the First Lady was confronted by a lesbian woman speaking up about President Obama’s failure to protect gay people in the workplace, as he had promised, she reacted angrily.

As someone who has witnessed (and participated in) many interruptions, here are some examples of what I consider good responses.

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