President Obama Calms Crowd After Trump Heckler Disrupts Speech

The president with the Mom jeans is in full Dad mode

The president with the Mom jeans is in full Dad mode. During a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina on Friday, the president was briefly interrupted when a man in the crowd began holding up a sign in support of Donald Trump.

Now, Obama already has some recent experience under his belt dealing with Trump hecklers. But in this case, it was the crowd itself that needed to hear the calming words of our cool and collected commander-in-chief in order to bring some much needed civility back to the scene.

That’s because the crowd went absolutely ballistic on the Trump supporter, fully turning away their attention from the President of the United States to shout at the man.

A visibly irritated Obama waved his arms and repeatedly urged those in attendance to calm down.

“Hey! Hey, I told you to be focused,” Obama shouts at the crowd. “You’re not focused right now. Listen to what I’m saying.”

Most of the crowd then turns their attention back to Obama but you can still hear the yelling and see distracted faces caught up in the disruption.

“Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second. Now listen up, I’m serious,” he continues, threatening to make you mow the entire lawn before breakfast.

“You’ve got an older gentleman, he’s supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing, you don’t have to worry about him,” Obama says, getting some laughs from the crowd.

And finally, with the crowd back in his sights, Obama turns the chaos into a teachable moment. But not a typical, former law professor turned president teachable moment we’re used to. No, this is Obama the dad of two teenage daughters reminding us to do as we’re told.

“Now, first of all we live in a country that respects free speech,” he says. “Second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we outta respect that. Third of all, he was elderly and we gotta respect our elders.”

And also, don’t forget to clean up the dishes.

If that didn’t feel like a lecture you got a thousand times before getting told to take out the trash, Dad Obama has one more stinger for you.

“And fourth of all, don’t boo. Vote. Now, I want you to pay attention.”

Yes, Dad. We get it.

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

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According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

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