Michelle Obama is not for the disrespect. The first lady was speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington D.C. Tuesday (June 4), and confronted a heckler by saying, “One of the things I don’t do well, is this.”
“I don’t care what you believe, wait, wait, wait,” she’s heard saying in footage obtained by CNN. Stepping down from the podium the mother of two went to confront the angry audience member face to face. “Listen to me, you can take the mic,” she told Ellen Sturtz.
Mrs. Obama threatened to leave the event, as the crowd cheered for her to stay. “But I’m leaving,” she said. “You all decide. You have one choice.”
Sturtz was among roughly 200 people and started yelling for President Obama (who was not there, by the way) to “issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on s-xual orientation or gender identity.”
Speaking to the Washington Post afterwards, Sturtz said she was “taken aback” by Mrs. Obama. “She came right down in my face.”
Neither of the Obamas are strangers to bad reviews, but they handle things differently. Two weeks ago the president responded to a heckling situation saying “This is part of free speech, you being able to speak, but also you listening, and me being able to speak, alright?”
While the POTUS was more diplomatic, his better half’s reaction got a thumbs up from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who said she handled the situation “brilliantly.”