President Obama was heckled on Wednesday night as he delivered a speech at a Democratic party fundraiser in New York City, the AP reported.

On two occasions, the protesters managed to disrupt the president.

In the first disturbance, a woman yelled, “President Obama, President Obama,” as the demonstrators she was with held up signs that read “Broken Promises Kill” and “No retreat, fund AIDS.”

The president responded by saying that his administration had increased funding for AIDS, but minutes later the woman shouted at the president again, and Obama replied: “We listened to you, we heard your point … It's a conversation I'm happy to have.”

Later, a man disrupted the president by yelling “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the policy that bans gay troops from serving openly. The man was drowned out by chants of “Obama, Obama.”

Obama replied: “That's why we need your energy and enthusiasm. This young lady here, she wants an increase in AIDS funding … I'm sure we could do more, if we're able to grow this economy again. That young man shouted, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' … as president, I said we would reverse it ...”

The disruptions come a day after Democrats failed to break a Republican filibuster on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

AIDS activists in New York City are facing a half-a-million dollar proposed cut in AIDS prevention funding and the city is also considering cutting 248 caseworkers from the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA).