A pool report from a private fundraiser in Washington, D.C., tonight notes that first lady Michelle Obama was interrupted by a heckler about 12 minutes into her speech, and unlike her husband, she had no patience to spare when it came to relinquishing the focus of the crowd.
“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” said Obama before leaving the lectern and heading toward the heckler, who reportedly was demanding that the president issue an executive order on gay rights. The first lady then issued an ultimatum, instructing the crowd, you can “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) June 4, 2013
As much as we’d like to see the video, it’s unlikely any will emerge, as the fundraiser was held in the back yard of a private residence. There’s no word how the heckler gained access to the event, but the pool report quotes her as shouting that she is a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.”
Michelle O facing heckler: "Listen or I am leaving" sadly MO stayed..I'd rather hear the heckler. http://t.co/mABowgFJUy
— RachelWells (@GenRachel) June 4, 2013
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Update: We now have the identity of the heckler, but what we really wanted was video.
Update: Protester at Michelle Obama speech tonight was Ellen Sturtz with GetEQUAL.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) June 5, 2013
So Ellen Sturtz aka The Heckler said she was taken back by MO response. She won't try that shit again with MO #secondtermflotus
— B Towns (@bornnusa) June 5, 2013
— MahoganieJadeBrowne (@Mahoganie_Jade) June 4, 2013
@Mahoganie_Jade Do you, by any chance, have a picture of the moment with the heckler? I'm at ABC News.. 202-222-7600. Thanks!
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) June 5, 2013
@stevenportnoy Sure don't. Sorry.
— MahoganieJadeBrowne (@Mahoganie_Jade) June 5, 2013