First lady Michelle Obama’s speech at a Washington D.C. political fundraiser was interrupted by a lesbian protester on Tuesday night, and she threatened to leave the event if the gay rights activist wasn’t forced to leave. But the official White House transcript doesn’t indicate anything about the heckler or Mrs Obama’s audible reaction.
While the first lady was speaking to approximately 200 Democratic Party loyalists who paid up to $10,000 to attend the event at the upmarket Washington home of a wealthy lesbian couple, the protester interrupted with demands that the president issue an executive order forcing federal contractors to stop discriminating against gay and transgendered job applicants.
Amanda Terkel, a Huffington Post scribe who served as the night’s ‘pool’ reporter, wrote that the ‘[m]ost 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 I don’t do well is this,” replied FLOTUS to loud applause,’ according to Terkel. ‘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, the pool report continued, ‘started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.’
Terkel reported that when the protester was escorted out, she shouted about being a ‘lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.’
In a later report, she added that
‘Heather Cronk, co-director of the pro-LGBT rights group GetEQUAL, …
identified the protester as one of their activists, Ellen Sturtz.’
Terkel advised her fellow reporters to ‘[p]lease check quotes with [the] official transcript.’