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First Lady Gets Face-To-Face With Heckler

Jun 5, 2013
Originally published on June 6, 2013 9:27 am

Update at 9:15 a.m. ET, May 6. Video:

CNN has posted clips from a video taken by GetEQUAL in which you can see and hear some of what happened when one of its activists heckled First Lady Michelle Obama at a private fundraiser this week.

Our original post and an earlier update:

"Listen to me or you can take the mic, but [then] I'm leaving," first lady Michelle Obama said to a heckler Tuesday evening at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

It was a "rare face-to-face encounter with a protester," as The Washington Post says. It ended with the heckler being escorted from the event held in the backyard of a private home after others among the 200 or so people there started shouting thing such as "you need to go!"

The heckler, later identified as Ellen Sturtz from the GetEQUAL campaign that advocates for lesbians and gays, told the Post that the first lady "came right down in my face. ... I was taken aback."

Sturtz also told the Post she paid $500 to attend the fundraiser.

Here's how the "pool report," written by Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel, described what happened:

"Most notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights. ...

" 'One of the things that I don't do well is this,' replied [Obama] to loud applause. She left the lectern and moved over to the protester, saying they could 'listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.'

"[The] crowd started shouting that they wanted [Obama] to stay.

" 'You need to go!' said one woman near the protester.

"The protester was then escorted out, shouting '... lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.' (First part of the quote was inaudible.) ...

" 'So let me make the point that I was making before,' continued [Obama]. '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.'

"Loud applause in response to this comment."

Update at 11 a.m. ET. Audio.

Buzzfeed has posted an audio clip. You can hear the first lady when she's at the microphone — saying "one of the things that I don't do well is this" — but not when she approaches the heckler.

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