When President Barack Obama campaigned at Fayetteville State University on Friday for his fellow Democrat running to succeed him, a protester disrupted his rally for a minute or two.One of my favorite things this year continues to be the sight of President Obama passionately campaigning on behalf of the next president. His excitement is infectious! Watch the full event above (the president enters at the 1 hour 2 min mark).
A man who appeared to be a military veteran peacefully stood up and held a Donald Trump campaign sign. Upset members of the crowd of 4,500 chanted “Hillary” and shouted at the protester.
“I told you to be focused, and you’re not focused right now,” Obama told the crowd. “Listen to what I’m saying. Hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up, hold up. Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second.”
Once Obama regained control, he told the audience the protester was there to support his preferred candidate and was not causing harm. He added that the man should be respected for his military service.
Throughout his rally, which preceded another campaign stop in Charlotte, Obama focused on the need to move on from a bitter election cycle and a deeply divided political climate.
“If we lose focus, we’re gonna have Donald,” he said.
Amber Coleman, a Raleigh resident and junior at Fayetteville State, said she appreciated Obama’s efforts to stay positive.
“I was one of the ones encouraging everybody to boo, and then I listened to what he said,” Coleman said. “We do lose focus sometimes and focus on the negatives instead of the positives ... We need to pay more attention to what we’re saying about Hillary than the negatives about Trump.”
Obama encouraged his supporters to pay attention to the issues at stake in the presidential race. He spoke passionately about Hillary Clinton’s record under his administration as secretary of state and called her “loyal to me” and “outstanding in her job.”
He tailored his speech to young voters and reminded them about Clinton’s policies on free tuition and affordable health care. He said she could build on the progress he made as president.
“I need you to vote. America needs you to vote because we’ve got to finish what we started eight years ago,” he said.