Bill Clinton Undeterred By 9/11 Hecklers

Jan 31, 2008 2:43am

ABC News’ Sarah Amos Reports: Former President Bill Clinton took the phrase "on-message" to a new level in Denver yesterday, when hecklers began shouting about how September 11th was a conspiracy theory that needed further investigation.

Clinton had just begun his speech to the crowd, when a man towards the front of the crowd began shouting about re-opening the 9/11 investigation and the war in Iraq. 

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

When the crowd tried to boo the man into silence, Clinton continued: "Let him talk."

The heckler’s exact wording wasn’t quite audible from the press risers, but the tone was apparent to everyone in the arena, including Clinton. 

“Are you one of those it was an inside job guys?" the former president asked. Continuing, "Hillary agrees we should end the war, but we have heard from you now, now you hear from me.  I let you be rude and interrupt me screaming at the top of your lungs. Nine-eleven was NOT an inside job, it was an Osama Bin Laden job with 19 people from Saudi Arabia, they murdered 3000 Americans and others foreigners including Muslims and we look like idiots, that the people who murdered our fellow citizens did it, when they are continuing to murder other people around the world.  So we heard from you, you go away," Clinton said to the cheering crowd.

(NOTE: Former President Bill Clinton made a mistake when he cited the nationalities of the 9/11 hijackers. In fact, 15 out of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.)

Undeterred, the heckler and his 9/11-sign waving cohorts started up a few minutes later, and Clinton decided to use this opportunity to promote his wife’s record in the Senate.

"One of the reasons you ought to be for Hillary for President, since this has been brought up, is that she helped pass bi-partisan legislation in the Senate to help take care of all those firefighters and police officers who got sick because of 9/11.  You talk to the victims of 9/11, the people who had a dozen surgeries just so that they could go back and their bodies could work again, and you ask them if they think it was an inside job, or whether they are glad they had a Senator like Hillary Clinton who gave them a chance to they could stand up stand start their lives over again," responded Clinton.   

Turns out those were the magic words to finally silence heckler number one.  He silently stormed out of the arena and Clinton, un-rattled, breezed right past the rough start, and delivered an energized speech, selling his wife to the people of Denver. 

A crowd of over four thousand braved an evening deluge of snow to hear Clinton’s speech at Denver University’s Magness arena.  While it was a far cry from the 18,000 people who gathered at the same venue earlier in the day to hear Democratic candidate Barack Obama, the energized crowd was excited to hear Clinton speak.

Clinton made only brief remarks, a departure from his more relaxed town-hall meeting style of campaign stops that were the norm in all four of the early primary states.  He spoke for under 40 minutes, hitting the highlights of Hillary’s platforms on education, healthcare and the war in Iraq. 

Of course, a good heckler loves to have the last word and tonight was no different.  Just when the crowd had finally forgotten the earlier incident and Clinton was hitting what he called "the important reason why people should vote for Hillary," a shout was heard from the last of the 9/11 sign holders.

"How about the real investigation into 9/11?"

Clinton, clearly sick of the entire conversation exchange, "We’ve heard that, we heard you the first ten times." And with that the former President ended the discussion for good. 

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