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U.S. President Obama arrives at a rally for Governor Martin O'Malley at Bowie State University in Bowie

Protester shouts “you’re a liar” at Obama during O’Malley rally Thursday.

POTUS supporter fires back saying: “We know Fox sent you.”

Rally was open press, so see transcript. The large crowd (3,000 to 4,500, according to campus police), mainly but not at all completely young and African American, was warmed up by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, Lt Gov Anthony Brown, and Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Potus tool the stage to sustained cheers, but in the middle of his speech, a white heckler shouted loudly, “You’re a liar.” He was swarmed by the crowd who shouted him down. He made a move to dash off, and shouted, “You’re a liar” again. One woman shouted, “We know Fox sent you.” Another man said, “Focus.” Potus seemed not to notice. And the heckling incident ended.

Two people in the audience fainted, prompting Potus to tell the crowd, “Next time you’re out here, make sure you drink something and eat something, especially when you’ve got a bunch of politicians talking.”

Potus added to his Slurpee, You Can’t Drive stump speech a riff on the outside money pouring in, slamming one group for soliciting foreign donations, then funding Republican campaigns. (He didn’t name names.)

“We’ve got to fight their millions of dollars with millions of voices.”

A few other lines: “Republicans call it the Pledge to America, but it’s the same old snake oil they’ve been pedaling for years.”

“I think the pundits are wrong, but it’s up to you to prove them wrong. Don’t make me look bad now.”

It’s 4 pm and we’re rolling back to Andrews for Chicago.

Related Topics: campaign, Maryland, midterm, O'Malley, Obama, president, Democratic Party, News, White House

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