"I agree, Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that," President Barack Obama said in response to a heckler who disrupted his speech at a Los Angeles fundraiser Monday.
The president had just commenced his address to supporters at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, when a man began labeling him as "the Antichrist" before being dragged out of the fundraiser event by Secret Service agents.
The man, identified as David Serrano, had positioned himself at the front of the stage and shouted, "The Christian God is the one and only true living God, the creator of Heaven and the Universe."
The president stopped talking as the 800-strong crowd drowned out the heckler's shouts with chants of "Four more years! Four more years!"
As Serrano was being pulled from the venue he continued yelling, "Jesus Christ is God!" and "Barack Obama is the Antichrist!"
Tony Bell, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, described Mr. Serrano as a familiar figure at county meetings. Bell told the New York Daily News that Serrano "yells out his statements, which are very mistaken, odd interpretations of scriptures."