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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Video: Protester Calls Obama "Anti-Christ" During Fundraiser, Gets Dragged Away

At a fundraiser dinner for President Obama on Sunday night, his speech was interrupted by a man that started yelling about Jesus being "the only one true god".  He also called Obama the "Anti-Christ", before being dragged away by Secret Service personnel.

The event, which was held at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, had approximately 250 diners, each of whom had paid $1000 a plate to attend.  The protester, later identified as David Serrano, has a long history of creating disturbances with his religious, sometimes anti-Semitic, diatribes.  According to Tony Bell, a spokesman for the L.A. County Supervisor, Serrano has been a regular fixture at county meetings for a couple of years:

"He yells out his statements, which are very mistaken, odd interpretations of scriptures," Bell said. "He's been pretty close to being thrown out of our meetings. When he calls Supervisor Antonovich 'Mikey,' it's very vitriolic. He's not a pleasant guy. He talks about Jews in his diatribes and seems very anti-Semitic. I don't have the impression he's dangerous, but he has issues that could use some help.  
"He must have used some real initiative to get into that event. Our meetings are public forums." 
My question is, how did he get that close to the President?  He was reportedly in the first row.  Secret Service is supposed to have every guest vetted in advance.  You would think that Serrano's history with the city council would have come up, wouldn't it?  Even if he didn't have a criminal record, the event was being held in Los Angeles.  They didn't have anyone local review the list to check for any potential troublemakers? I don't understand how he got through.

Here is the video.  Obama's reaction is wonderful.  He smiles and tells Secret Service, "Don't forget his coat".