Michelle Obama Takes No Nonsense From Heckler
She tells crowd to choose who stays
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 2:55 AM CDT
Updated Jun 5, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
“Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving," Obama said. "You all decide. You have one choice."   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Michelle Obama—taking a harder line on heckling than her husband tends to do—confronted a woman who interrupted her speech at a Democratic fundraiser last night, the New York Times reports. After the woman shouted about gay rights, Obama said, "One of the things I don’t do well is this," and moved toward the heckler. As the crowd cheered, she said the woman could "listen to me, or you can take the mike, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice."

The crowd shouted that they wanted Obama to stay and the heckler was escorted out of the room. The woman, who demanded that the president sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, says she was "taken aback" by the first lady's response—and the reaction from the audience. "I was surprised by how negative the crowd seemed to be," she tells the Huffington Post. "It was actually a little unsettling and disturbing."

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rmagnano
Feb 2, 2014 7:36 PM CST
It's not because Obama is black and in the white house the reason he is not liked. It's because he is incompetent for the job he was elected for. He circumvents the constitution and the rules of law at his discression. Other than those little things i have no problem with him living in the White House.
moonpie
Jul 10, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
The difference between what Laura Bush and Michelle Obama would or would have done in that situation is that Laura Bush would out-classed the heckler and in defense of Michelle Obama she doesn't have that tool to use therefore responded in the only way she was capable of.
cornelison
Jun 6, 2013 4:36 AM CDT
Complaints about Michelle are race-driven. If white Laura Bush did that the Repubs would be praising her. A matter of fact, women in general, would be praising Laura Bush. Most of the hatred from the right has to do with race. It's beneath white Repubs to even compromise with a black American in The White House. The racist right is an embarrassment to millions of white Americans who don't hate.