Barack Obama has had his fair share of hecklers through the years.
But you rarely see or hear anyone go hard after Michelle. Maybe it’s the tickets to the gun show she’s giving away in those sleeveless numbers, maybe it’s the fact that you’re facing an uphill PR battle against one of the most admired and respected women in America.
At a private Democratic Party fundraiser on Tuesday night, 56-year-old LGBT activist Ellen Sturtz interrupted the First Lady to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order. Sturtz’s message is on point; her timing needs work. Listen as best you can here:
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz later said. “I was taken aback.”
The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The crowd at the fundraiser wisely chose FLOTUS over Sturtz, who to her credit paid $500 to attend the dinner on behalf of previous presidential protesters GetEqual, an LGBT rights group.
You’ve gotta love the fact that Michelle answered back, sharply, for this reason: She was in the middle of an impassioned statement about the future generations of America. The kidzz. Maybe it was part of her usual stump routine, but it didn’t sound like an act.
You have every right to protest and petition the government and its leaders, and even its leaders’ wives and husbands, but the public also has the right to question your judgment about when, where and how you do it. Because if most of you were in the middle of a great moment like that, you’d confront the protester too, and more harshly than that.
Ask George Carlin how you handle a heckler (not even remotely SFW):
Or maybe she should have gone all Bill Hicks (also not safe for work):
Heck, Michelle could even stand to take a few notes from NJ Governor Chris Christie, who while stumping for Romney zinged: “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”