“You’re killing thousands of people!” she yelled. “The Middle East is not a threat to us! When is it going to be enough? When are enough people going to be killed? I’m tired of my friends in the Middle East dying! I don’t know if they’re going to be alive the next day!”
The protester was quickly escorted out by police, letting Kerry return to his speech. Before getting back on track, he said he respected the woman’s right to voice her concerns.
“When I first came to Washington and testified, I obviously was testifying as part a group of people who came here to have their voices heard, and that is, above all, what this place is about,” he said.
“People measure what we do,” he added. “And in a way that’s a good exclamation point to my testimony.”
Order was restored in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and things returned to business as usual. A few minutes later, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) accidentally called Kerry “Mr. Secretary” before correcting himself, to the chuckles of the audience.
“I had a feeling this would be quick,” Kerry joked, half-standing.
“I have a sense of clairvoyance,” Menendez jested back.