Courtesy of a pool report from the speech:
The crowd–about 300 people– was quiet throughout the speech. Some took notes, some took photos on their smartphones.
Towards the end of POTUS speech, the protester, from Code Pink, began screaming. Her name is Medea Benjamin. She has strawberry blond hair and was wearing a black and white dress and blazer on top.
“You are commander in chief. You can close Guantanamo today!” the woman began.
POTUS urged her to let him finish several times. “You should let me finish my sentence,” he said one time.
Several security officials gathered around her and let her stay.
“It’s been 11 years!” she said later.
“Let me finish,” Obama said.
Finally, she was escorted out. ”I love my country. I love the rule of law… Abide by the rule of law. You’re a constitutional lawyer,” she shouted at POTUS as she was escorted out.
Later, as he wrapped his speech, the president listed a variety of ways of how the U.S. can ultimately win the war against terrorism:
“Our victory against terrorism won’t be measured in a surrender ceremony on a battleship, or a statue being pulled to the ground,” he said. “Victory will be measured in parents taking their kids to school; immigrants coming to our shores; fans taking in a ballgame; a veteran starting a business; a bustling city street.”
Going off script, he added, “a citizen, shouting her concerns at the president.”