Obama was more than half-way through her scheduled 20 minutes speech when a woman standing at the front of the small crowd interrupted, demanding that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.
The first lady said, this is “One of the things I don’t do well is this,” as she started to walk down and confront the protester. Obama told the woman that people gathered in the backyard tent could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving,” before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.” At that moment the crowd began chanting for Obama to stay as one woman told the protester, “You need to leave.” The woman was escorted out, shouting that she was a “lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.”
Obama then returned to the lectern and finished her speech, to uproarious applause. Those in attendance, including the protester, had paid $500 to $10,000 for tickets to the event, which was held at the home of power couple Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer. The heckler was identified as Ellen Sturtz, an activist with the GetEQUAL campaign group, which campaigns for lesbian and gay rights. Sturtz told The Washington Post that she was surprised by the first lady's actions. “She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”
P.S. Would Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton or Laura Bush have done it in this style or fashion? That's a sister for ya--I mean a strong Afrikan woman. When is Obama going to step up to the plate, LOL!