President Obama isn’t used to being challenged while giving one of his endless speeches, but during his speech today at the National Defense University, he found himself at the mercy of Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin.

Benjamin began shouting at the president as he spoke about Gitmo.

But her penchant for shouting is well known, so some are wondering how she managed to get in:

It was only after several minutes of shouting that she was finally escorted out:

Why did Obama engage with her rather than going on with his speech?

After all, heckling the president is extremely disrespectful.

Some suspect that this wasn’t a spontaneous protest, so to speak, but that Benjamin was in fact a plant:

https://twitter.com/flores8047/status/337646024527077377

https://twitter.com/JamesBlankens16/status/337643768792612864

In any event, both Obama and Code Pink got what they came for:

And plant or not, we’re guessing that Benjamin won’t face the stiff penalties she’d face if she were a Tea Party member:

Maybe if Tea Partyers started wearing giant vagina costumes

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Update:

Politico’s Jennifer Epstein reports that Benjamin may have been issued a press pass:

If that’s that case, that raises another question:

And another: