U.S. President Barack Obama faced down a heckler during a speech at a California fundraiser Thursday.

Obama was wrapping up his speech when a man in the audience began yelling "freedom for Ethiopia."

Obama said he agreed with the heckler, who "kind of screwed up my ending, but that's OK."

He also elicited applause from the audience when he said, "We've got free speech in this country, and that's great too."

Watch video of the incident in the player above.