This dude was a plant. Little doubt in my mind.
The NBC evening news [spit!] dutifully “reported” that few hecklers get so close to the POTUS. IIRC, I think they said that he was “invited”, which from what I can gather, means that the whole crowd was invited, and presumably subject to at least minimal vetting. (Also, as I search news articles for this story, I see some outlets are scrubbing the word “invited” from the text.)
Upon hearing this, I immediately became convinced this supposed heckler was a plant.
- The heckler acts as an aesthetic foil, an angry voice countered by Obama’s calmness.
- The heckler acts as a sympathetic character, who Obama can agree with on substance.
- The heckler allows Obama to lie about following the law in a context unrelated to wanton lawlessness with Obamacare.
- The heckler acts as a distraction from Obamacare, serving as a pivot vehicle.
And he just happened to get close to the President at this event…