First Lady Michelle Obama confronted a heckler during a fundraiser in California and the right wing freak out has begun. Let me backtrack a little….
Mrs. Obama was interrupted by a heckler at a campaign fundraiser in Washington D. C. Tuesday. The woman was yelling that President Obama should sign an executive order on gay rights, Politico reports. Mrs. O wasn’t having any of this nonsense, saying, “One of the things I don’t do well is this” and she moved from the lectern towards the woman. She then reportedly said, you can “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.” Of course, the audience came to hear the First Lady speak. The heckler was escorted out of the room and Mrs. Obama continued her speech.
Now the comments left on Politico are just plain idiotic. Some referenced Laura Bush, saying she would have more tact if she was heckled. Um, first of all, Laura Bush probably wouldn’t be caught at a fundraiser in the home of two lesbians. Look at the Republicans’ track record on gay rights and you’ll find any comment about Laura Bush being in a similar situation laughable at best. The usual chorus of right wing Haterade drinkers are out in force from Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy to the Daily Caller and Weasel Zippers. The comments are just incredulous.
The heckler was identified by Heather Cronk as Ellen Sturtz, an activist with her pro-LGBT group GetEQUAL. She said Sturtz was calling for an executive order to prohibit sex discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The right wing freak-0ut is also over the White House reportedly scrubbing the exchange from its transcript.
I am sorry, but there’s a time and place for everything. Michelle Obama isn’t an elected official. She is the president’s wife. She is merely a figurehead. I am pretty sure if this woman had asked instead of resorting to rude interruption, Michelle Obama may have granted her a moment to listen after the speech. Ellen Sturtz isn’t a college student. She’s an older woman who should have used better judgment. She was rude and bombastic enough to think she was doing some good.