[UPDATED] Michelle Obama Gets in the Face of Heckler, Forces Her to Leave

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First Lady Michelle Obama was interrupted by a protester late Tuesday evening—prompting  the first lady  to challenge the protester,  then threaten to leave First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts School Children And The Cast From Beasts Of The Southern Wildthe event.

Mrs. Obama was speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private home in Washington D.C. when lesbian activist Ellen Sturtz, 56, interrupted Mrs. Obama to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.

Mrs. Obama made eye contact with the protester then made her feelings known.

“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,”  said Michelle Obama. “Do you understand?” After Mrs. Obama challenged the protester, the crowd began to applaud.

Then Mrs. Obama left the podium and moved toward the protester, saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

The audience then turned on the protester, telling her that Mrs. Obama needed to stay and she needed to go.

Sturtz was escorted out of the room and says she was stunned by Mrs. Obama’s response to her.

“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”

The executive order Sturtz was proposing would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of orientation or gender identity.

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109 comments
kgo1976
kgo1976

Bravo Mrs. O!! No tolerance for disrespect. Heckler wrong place, wrong time, wrong topic...get your life!

LamelMartin
LamelMartin

where was the first lady's security??? 

GrantDevereaux
GrantDevereaux

I love this. Ms Obama did exactly the right thing. 

RodFire
RodFire

So what's the story?  There was a heckler there with no other purpose but to interrupt the First Lady's talk for her own cause.  The POTUS have done more for the gay and lesbian community than any other president that I can think of.  Hecklers have the right to heckle, but if they do, they have to accept the consequences of their actions.


JonathanNoe
JonathanNoe

Michelle Obama is nothing but a PR person for the Obama Administration. I commend the activist who interrupted her. Equality is more important than allowing politicians and their PR teams to give us their talking points while nothing of substance gets done.

ReinettaBazemoreTurner
ReinettaBazemoreTurner

Ironic how the First Lady was talking about being better role models for our children and this heckler interrupts her disrespectfully like an immature over excited child.  Do better people.  The comment was off topic and the delivery was rude.


ttrb62
ttrb62

that was that southside coming out good for you Mrs. Obama

AdrianneClinton
AdrianneClinton

I commend FLOTUS for utilizing this experience to model how she WILL be treated, and this is with respect.  When previously asked would she run for president, she acknowledged that she is not her husband.  So, in no uncertain terms, FLOTUS is aware of her assets as well as liabilities. I respect her self awareness as a woman.

AlmaSiscoSmith
AlmaSiscoSmith

Ah, my bad. I DID NOT PLACE A COMMA and my admonition was misconstrued. It shoukd have read " seek to engage,Mz Heckler." it was not to imply that FLOTUS should engag the likes of Mz Heckler. The importance of a comma!

SheilaIs
SheilaIs

FLOTHUS handled herself very well, and did the unexpected. That individual thought to throw the First Lady off her game; did she forget the First Lady is a lawyer and has probably argued points of greater importance than that of a heckler, not only that she's a strong woman and standing down doesn't seem to be her thing. :) That one rotten apple that didn't spoil the whole bunch.

Princessakellie
Princessakellie

I'm glad Mrs. Obama stuck up for herself. There is a time and a place for everything.  A rally for children is not the time nor the place to try an pushh the Gay agenda! Not only was the heckler trying to push an agenda she was being extremely rude. She tried to bully the !st lady and she wasn't buying it. People need to stop thinking that they can do and say anything to celebreties and politicians like they are not real people.

PatriciaGoodwinVestal
PatriciaGoodwinVestal

first thing first one don't ever disrespect me in no manner and if you like to say some of cost you can but don't yell at me or a cross some to talk to me just ask for a mic what have to say would be respectful understood i know she would have listen to her but if you put it out there dam well you would get it back and that is that back up lol

maddstealth
maddstealth

Hmm. Not trying to sound mean, but I wonder if the LBGT community will rally up against First Lady Obama for embarrassing one of their own. They seem very...sensitive of what people think of, say of, or do to them lately (more think or say than do, of course, they've been treated wrongly long enough.

ClintonPlace
ClintonPlace

@JonathanNoe Why do you commend ignorance? The President has done more for the Gay community then any other politician EVER.That was the wrong place for what that lady did

CarolParks
CarolParks

You are wrong. First, this was actually held at a Gay couples home. Second, this was a private dinner/ fundraiser and Michelle was speaking. You do Not interrupt someone who is speaking. It is rude & classless. I'm glad she was thrown out. And equality for all is great, but comparing the treatment of Gays to AA is incredibly ignorant & wrong. AA had a " Holacaust" as millions suffered and died as Slaves. You can hide that you are Gay, you cannot hide that you are Black. AA are still suffering great injustice in this country.

TChallaD
TChallaD

@JonathanNoe an what is your point besides letting everybody know that you just don't care for the First Lady!!! So you're trying to say that Michelle Obama is doing something wrong by supporting her husband...how asinine would it be for her not to support her husband & his administration!!! Last, but not least your supporting  the activist who interrupted her, only shows the world that you support stupidity & just like she got put out of the event...your stupid butt would have been right there with her...don't cosign stupidity...do what you can to eradicate STUPIDITY!!!  Selah...

DBamaGirl
DBamaGirl

@JonathanNoe Regardless who was conducting a speech, they have the floor and if you don't approve leave or better yet don't show up. Robert's Rule of order could help you on that! It was improper and tacky! You cannot force anyone to accept your lifestyle, but if done the proper way you will be able to achieve them listening and understanding more and then you might be able to point out things that they are not aware of and come aboard and help. But, being disrespectful and pushy is not the way!

lauralei
lauralei

@maddstealth  Oh Please!  The heckler embarrassed her damned self. She didn't mean to, of course. She meant to embarrass Mrs. Obama. Don't blame Mrs O for refusing to be bullied by an ignoramus. As for the LBGT community, what is 'one of their own' anyway?  A rude and disrespectful person ? I hope they won't support bad behavior just because someone happens to be LGBT. 

JonathanNoe
JonathanNoe

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

I'm well aware of the Black Holocaust but I don't believe that oppression is some kind of game where you rank the levels of oppression a group receives. I believe oppression must be opposed whenever and wherever. If Federal contractors were not allowed to discriminate against LGBT people as they currently are, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

JonathanNoe
JonathanNoe

@TChallaD @JonathanNoe Yes. By supporting her Husband when he is murdering innocent Muslim children is wrong and reflects poorly on her character. 

PatriciaGoodwinVestal
PatriciaGoodwinVestal

@DBamaGirl @JonathanNoe thank you on that point some just don't understand or don't want to understand it's not about been a pr it's about doing the right thing and get up and help you can't find that no more so who it's there to get up an pr for some of us so stop it who ever think that it's ok to do what that lady has done an disrespect anyone at the time of saying the right thing at the right time  and help the one's that no one else did in so many years amen 

JonathanNoe
JonathanNoe

@DBamaGirl @JonathanNoe Equality and ending discrimination are far more important than "Robert's rule of order." The building that Michelle Obama gave her speech in is not insulated from major contemporary social issues. LGBT people, just like all people, have every right to be impatient and forceful as they try to gain equal treatment. In this case, equal treatment by the federal government.

maddstealth
maddstealth

Oh, I don't support behavior of that nature from anyone. And I agree, I would hope that those in said community don't support such disrespectful discourse.

ClintonPlace
ClintonPlace

@LamelMartin @PatriciaGoodwinVestal No she couldn't have got shot..Those people are screened before they get into one of those events.The worst could have been a punch thrown.And i'm sure the first lady got hand skills..

DBamaGirl
DBamaGirl

@CarolParks Thank you! Michelle will not run for President because the girls will be older and one in college. After 8 years of this madness, I think they deserve to enjoy each other, No matter what, they made history!

DBamaGirl
DBamaGirl

@lauralei @DBamaGirl Ok, in that case, I apologize. Because no matter what, she did handle it like a lady and a woman that meant business that earned respect and demand it if someone forgots! lol

lauralei
lauralei

@DBamaGirl, I was commenting on Jonathan's using the term 'lady' when he referred to Sturtz.  I was not referring to Mrs. Obama.

CarolParks
CarolParks

I agree with everything you are saying. And I give you so much credit for coming back to this blog to defend Michelle! Got to love it! I wish Michelle would run for President. All the bigot's would die of a heart attack! Lol! :-D

DBamaGirl
DBamaGirl

@lauralei @ClintonPlace @JonathanNoe  The First Lady showed much action as a lady to respect the people there who paid $500 a ticket and was there to hear how they could help with our young people that we are losing so many of! She handled it like it should have been handle by having this person that had no respect for her or the people there to have  shouting match! If this had been a White First Lady that handle this situation as she did, would you be so eager to make judgement on her? It is a shame that you would allow your bigotry mindset overcast your sense of intelligence to come up with such a conclusion!

CarolParks
CarolParks

@lauralei @CarolParks Thanks! I'm so sick of these idiot's always being rude to our President & The First Lady. I love Michelle's style! Don't mess with her!! :-)

CarolParks
CarolParks

@JonathanNoe You are completely missing the point. This was a PRIVATE Dinner/fundraiser. This was NOT a Public meeting. If you want to talk about political progress or disagreements you do it with people who are at a public meeting, or event. And people who are elected as a Gov. Official. She is not an elected Gov. Official, nor was she at a public event.  She was correct in what she did, the other person is completely classless.

CarolParks
CarolParks

@JonathanNoe @TChallaD The President is NOT targeting or murdering Muslim children. We are still at war in Afghanistan. When we bomb, yes sometimes the innocent get killed. That is what war is. And why I myself am glad this President is ending it at the end of this year. He did not start this war, or any war.

PatriciaGoodwinVestal
PatriciaGoodwinVestal

@slawson @JonathanNoe  wow thank you i really like what you said you are so right what some don't think is about what was left for him to try to fix that they done most of the president's down the line  so now he is in there to put mess back in 50 or more years that those have done that hurt us well most of us cause you still have some uncle toms in there that kiss ass sorry to say lol they call the house nnnnnnnnnn you no what i mean by the n word 

CarolParks
CarolParks

@slawson @JonathanNoe @DBamaGirl Excellent posting! You are so right. And this President has received more threats then any other President. And no doubt his family too. It is horrifc to think we have people like this in our country. And racism in 2013. Unbelievable & despicable.

slawson
slawson

@JonathanNoe @DBamaGirl - Did you have the same requirements and expectation of Pres. Bush? Then why should the Obama's be the savior for "all" people? They have enough to contend with considering the mess they were handed. Did you see the movie "42?" I'm sure the threats and injustice Jackie Robinson received is minimal to what Pres. Obama is getting in secret and openly daily. Whether whites are powerful or live in trailer trash, they are groomed to think they are superior, God knows they aren't. However, that entitlement comes out in racist behavior regardless of their social, economic, or academic standing. Good example, they still can't accept our Pres. is Harvard educated. Look, it is what it is. Gays should not be hero's for their lifestyle, and that has absolutely nothing to do with discrimination. It's just wrong. Now, that is another whole topic.

lauralei
lauralei

@JonathanNoe @DBamaGirl , let us know when you heckle or support someone who heckles a white speaker. Then I can listen to you. Until then, 'Hoods R Us'

JonathanNoe
JonathanNoe

@DBamaGirl @JonathanNoe It may or may not be effective. Who is the white person? Are they powerful? Or are they just a regular person? I don't worship powerful people. I certainly don't worship the Obama's or any previous First Family. There is too much injustice to be cordial and respectful to powerful people. If they had a moral bone in their body they would act on there own so I don't think interrupting a speech is necessarily effective but I do think it is effective in drawing attention to the fact that the Obama's have done relatively little for LGBT people. Hell, they've done relatively little for Black, Latino, and working class people yet they continue to give their speeches and expect to be met with nothing but praise. Not from me.

DBamaGirl
DBamaGirl

@JonathanNoe @DBamaGirl Racism and bigotry is something that the Black Americans have fought for and some have died for, yet it still exists. So, do you think it is cool is we just shout it out in any session that a White man or a White woman is conducting? Do you think that would be effective? There is an order to get respect you too have to be respectful! 

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