Tahman Bradley reports:
President Obama's speech at a Democratic National Committee "Moving America Forward" rally this afternoon in Bridgeport, Conn., was interrupted by a group of protesters who stood up and shouted about global AIDS funding. The pool producer in the room says there were about two dozen protesters on hand.
The president addressed the protesters directly, saying, "We're funding global AIDS, the other side is not." He suggested that the protesters should interrupt the speeches of those who don't want to finance the fight against global AIDS.
At one point when the crowd of supporters started shouting down those interrupting, Obama seemed a bit frustrated.
"You guys have made your point. Let's go," he said. After a minute or two, the people interrupting were escorted out by police.
This group has popped up at other Obama campaign events this election, including a rally in Boston two weeks ago. Today's interruption lasted longer than that particular incident.
When Obama got back on track, he went through his standard stump speech.
The fire marshal told the Democratic National Committee that the Arena at Harbor Yard reached its capacity, which is 10,000.
Hip-hop fans at the rally no doubt enjoyed when Russell Simmons introduced President Obama's "hype man" for the event.
"In hip-hop we have an expression, you're a hype man if you bring out the hype, man," Simmons said.
A hype man takes the mic at a party to get an audience excited before the main entertainer — usually a DJ — thrills the crowd.
In this case Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes was the hype man and President Obama the DJ. Simmons, one of the richest hip-hop entrepreneurs of all time, apparently was only the hype man's hype man.
– Tahman Bradley