A handful of oil train protesters—including climate activist Sarra Tekola—interrupted President Obama's remarks during a fundraiser for Governor Jay Inslee at the Washington State Convention Center.
"Mr. President, use your authority to ban oil trains now!" one protester shouted.
The president dryly noted that "no matter how much" he does, Democrats keep adding more to his "to-do list."
"Organized the world around climate change, got the Paris agreement signed?" the president said. "Well, I've still got six months, give me more time."
But when the president moved on to the importance of voting in the November election, the room settled into near-total silence. Obama warned against Americans turning on one another on the basis of race or religion. In what was clearly a comment on Trump's rise to power, he added that "we don't have time for charlatans, and we don't have time for hatred, and we don't have time for bigotry."
A day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, America's first Black president told the room that assuming the worst in one another instead of the best could undo much of the last eight years.
"If we get cynical and vote on fears, or we don't vote at all, we won't build on the progress we've started," the president said.