You can say what you want about Barack Obama, but you can never doubt his class.
On Friday, the President of the United States showed us once again why he is in a league of his own when he handled a disruption at his rally like a boss.
It all started in North Carolina, where Obama was campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
While Obama was making the case that Donald Trump is "unfit" to be president, the crowd turned its attention to a Trump supporter who stood up in the middle of the speech.
The crowd began booing, and Obama lost control for a minute. That's when he tried to get it.
Several times, POTUS appealed to the crowd with one line: "Hold up!"
But they were too distracted.
As Obama tried to get the crowd under control, people chanted "Hillary!" at the Trump supporter.
President Obama fell back for a couple of seconds, and let the kids have their fun.
But then he went into dad mode.
He told the crowd,
Now listen up. I'm serious, listen up. You've got an older gentleman, who is supporting his candidate. He's not doing nothing. You don't have to worry about him.
The moment was bit ironic.
Here was a president, campaigning for his preferred successor, in front of a crowd that loves him, and it's the Trump supporter he decides to stand with, if even for a few seconds.
First of all, we live in a country that respects free speech. Second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we ought to respect that. Third of all, he was elderly and we got to respect our elders. And fourth of all, don't boo. Vote!
Obama words in North Carolina drew praise but it wasn't only because he handled the situation without attacking the Trump supporter.
There's another reason.
The president's method of dealing with opposition at a rally stands in such obvious contrast to the way Donald Trump has treated protesters at his own rallies.
The amount of times that Trump has either implied that opposers at his rallies should be hurt, or lamented the fact that they would've gotten hurt "in the good old days," has been well documented.
In fact, there's so much footage of Trump addressing opposition in this way that director Ava Duvernay was able to make a chilling montage of it for her film, 13th.
Absolutely devastating. pic.twitter.com/n6Y6NOZvCe — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 13, 2016
In any event, there's a clear difference between Trump and Obama's approach to these situations, and that difference is called class.