President Barack Obama’s speech on counterterrorism at the National Defense University in Washington Thursday afternoon was disrupted multiple times by a heckler. In a series of tweets from its official account, the anti-war group Code Pink identified its co-founder, Medea Benjamin, as the person who interrupted the president to demand he close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
“#CODEPINK disrupts #Obama confronting him to #CloseGitmo,” one of the tweets read.
“Thanks to our very own @medeabenjamin for standing up and speaking the truth to @BarackObama!” read another.
Benjamin also matches photos of the heckler that appeared on Twitter. Code Pink regularly stages disruptions at high-profile events. President Obama repeatedly asked the heckler to allow him to continue with the speech.
Woman shouting at POTUS on Gitmo twitter.com/jeneps/status/…
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 23, 2013