Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist protesting President Obama’s delay in signing an anti-discrimination executive order, paid $500 to heckle the FLOTUS at a private Democratic Party fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
Refusing to be intimidated, the First Lady let her know how they do it on the Southside of Chicago and shut her down.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” Mrs. Obama said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”
A pool report from a reporter in the room said Mrs. Obama “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Mrs. Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The audience responded by asking Obama to remain, according to the pool report, which quoted a woman nearby telling Sturtz, “You need to go.”
Sturtz was escorted out of the room. She said in an interview later she was stunned by Mrs. Obama’s response.
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”
Read more at the Washington Post.