Michelle Obama Confronts Heckler Ellen Sturtz At Democratic Party Fundraiser
Michelle Obama was giving a speech at a Democratic Party Fundraiser about America's children in a private residence in Washington D.C., when she was interrupted repeatedly by one of the attendees, reported CBS News.
That attendee was Ellen Sturtz, a member of the activist group Get Equal, who was voicing her demand that the president issue an executive order. Sturtz was referring to the executive order that would bar any company who deals with the federal government from discriminating for sexual orientation or gender identity.
Unlike her husband’s relatively calm way of handling protestors, Mrs. Obama descended the platform’s stairs and walked right up to Sturtz. “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice,” said the First Lady before making her way back up to the podium. “So let me make the point that I was making before,” continued FLOTUS.
“We are here for our kids. So we must recapture that passion. That same urgency and energy that we felt back in 2008, 2012. Understand this — this is what I want you all to understand. This is not about us. No one back here. It’s not about you or you or your issue or your thing. This is about our children.”
After someone near the protestor shouted that Sturtz needed to go, she was escorted out by the event’s security. As she was taken out, she was heard shouting “… lesbian looking for federal equality before I die,” according to a report.
During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “It’s my personal opion that she handled it brilliantly.”