First lady Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday – approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fundraiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech.
Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private Kalorama home in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.
Obama showed her displeasure – pausing to confront Sturtz eye to eye, according to witnesses.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”
A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
FLOTUS got the heckler to leave after threatening to lecture her about a healthy diet and exercise.
Funny how these well known rabble-rousing activists keep managing to slip into these events, isn’t it?
Here’s audio, though you can’t hear the part where Michelle threatened to leave:
The official White House transcript did include the heckler’s comments but did not include FLOTUS’s threat to “walk off this mother*#ker” — of course I’m paraphrasing.