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Man heckles Obama about Pledge of Allegiance

A heckler on the press riser puts his hand over his heart as he loudly says the Pledge of Allegiance, interrupting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during his speech at a town hall-style meeting at Baldwin-Wallace College A heckler on the press riser puts his hand over his heart as he loudly says the Pledge of Allegiance, interrupting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during his speech at a town hall-style meeting at Baldwin-Wallace College
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - A man who wore press credentials and took photographs from a platform interrupted Barack Obama's town-hall meeting Tuesday by shouting complaints that the Democratic presidential candidate had not called for the audience to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Obama invited the heckler to lead the audience in the pledge, and he did.

Attendees at the gathering in the gymnasium at Baldwin Wallace College in this Cleveland suburb rose to their feet and recited the pledge. "Thank you, sir, appreciate it," Obama told the man.

The man, who carried a large, professional-style telephoto lens, was among photographers and videographers on the main press platform at one end of the gym. He wore what appeared to be the regular daily news media credential the campaign issues local news media members who cover the Illinois senator at a single events.

Campaign officials said they did not know who the man was, and no effort was made to remove him. He continued taking photographs throughout Obama's appearance.

Speaking with reporters afterward, he identified himself only as "John Q. Public" and declined to say which news organization, if any, he represented.

Asked why he had interrupted the event, the man said: "He (Obama) said it was a town-hall meeting" and open to the public. He expressed dismay that Obama hadn't called for the pledge himself, saying, "You all learned the pledge in the first grade."

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