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article imageMichelle Obama heckled at fundraiser, threatens to leave

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Jun 5, 2013 in Politics
Washington - A woman heckled Michelle Obama at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser Tuesday evening saying President Barack Obama should issue an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination against federal contractors.
The first lady left the podium and responded directly to the protester, “One of the things I don’t do well is this. Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. Then Mrs. Obama said to the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”
The audience, reportedly, implored the first lady to stay and one audience member turned to the heckler and said, “You need to go.”
Democratic Party officials said the tickets ranged in price from $500 to $10,000, per a New York Times report.
The protester was led out of the meeting by attendees while shouting and exclaiming she was a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.” She was later identified as Ellen Sturtz, an activist from Get Equal, an LGBTQ organization, according to the Daily Caller.
After Mrs. Sturtz was escorted out, Mrs. Obama continued, “So let me make the point I was making before . . . “ She remarked on the importance of supporting government policies that help children and encouraged donors to stay politically engaged in non-presidential election years.
“We cannot wait. Right now, today, we have an obligation to stand up for those kids.”
Sturtz's interruption occurred about 10 minutes into Mrs. Obama's 20 minute speech. The activist commented about how “negative the crowd seemed to be” and also stated she was not “scared at all” by the FLOTUS.
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