Michelle Obama Confronts Heckler: ‘You Have One Choice’

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Michelle Obama won’t abide demonstrations during her speeches.

“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said as a protester began yelling during her speech Tuesday night at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Leaving the lectern, Mrs. Obama moved toward the shouter and told the crowd they could “listen to me or you can take the (microphone), but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

The crowd made clear they wanted the first lady to stay and for the protester to go, which is what happened.

The gay and lesbian rights organization Get EQUAL later identified the protester as one of its members, Ellen Sturtz. She was calling for an executive order to bar discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mrs. Obama went on with her speech.

“So let me make the point that I was making before,” she said. “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.”

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