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Ask Matt Labash: A marriage proposal, Euro-screwed, and interrupting Barack O’bama

I have been an independent for years,  but do not want to be associated with the far right for the very reasons demonstrated by your out of control reporter. I have never seen in my life such anger and undisciplined behavior. You remind me of the religious groups Jesus had to contend with when he was on earth. My question to you is that given that it is never condoned to interrupt anyone during a speech, much less the President of the United States, what is wrong with you people that you do not condemn and dismiss the individual involved! – Greg Armstrong

You’re absolutely right. I will take Jim Treacher aside, and ask him to behave more respectfully in the future.

It is not proper to interupt the President of The United States while he is speaking. While it is fine to disagree with speeches or statements and ask the probing questions, it is not alright to interrupt. Wait your turn and ask any question you want. Use your reporter training and skills and not your rudeness and ignorance.  – Ronald J. Knight

I don’t necessarily disagree with anything you just said.  But clearly, you’ve never met a member of the media before.  Exhibiting rudeness and ignorance is part of our reporter training.

Your reporter is nothing but a rude, disrespectful bigot. I’m sure if it was a white president, things would be different. What a major league asshole.  –  Joe Blow

Because white presidents never get interrupted? Try this on for size, Mr. Blow.

Also, the Daily Caller reporter in question, Neil Munro, is Irish. And in addition to being all things to all people, Barack O’bama is too. Therefore, no matter how this confrontation is interpreted, it cannot be classified as a racist one.  It’s more of an intra-family squabble. Perhaps it’s time for another beer summit, for Munro and O’bama to sit down over a pint of Guinness, where they can clink glasses while uttering my favorite Irish toast:

“Faol saol agat, gob fliuch, agus bás in Éirinn” (“Long life to you, a wet mouth, and a death in Ireland.”)

Matt Labash is a senior writer with the Weekly Standard magazine. His book, “Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys,” is now available in paperback from Simon and Schuster. Have a question for Matt Labash? Submit it here.