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Obama chides heckler seeking fast repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Obama: 'I'm dealing with Congress here'
  • Heckler interrupts Obama speech at fundraiser
  • Obama says, "Maybe he didn't read the newspapers"
  • Obama working on deal with Congress, Pentagon

San Francisco, California (CNN) -- An unidentified heckler interrupted President Obama's fundraising speech Tuesday night by calling for the administration to move faster on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

The unidentified man shouted during Obama's speech, causing the president to pause and chide him.

"Maybe he didn't read the newspapers, because we're working with Congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell,' " Obama said at the event for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California.

An agreement worked out with congressional leaders and the military would have legislators pass a measure calling for repeal of the controversial policy to kick in once the Pentagon completes a review of the matter and Obama and military leaders sign off on how to make the transition work.

Initial congressional votes on the issue could take place as soon as Thursday.

"C'mon, man, I'm dealing with Congress here," Obama said to laughter. "It takes a little bit of time."