A day after First Lady Michelle Obama confronted a gay-rights heckler at a fundraiser, the White House said she handled the situation “brilliantly.”
“I haven’t asked the president,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “But it’s my personal opinion that she handled it brilliantly.”
Mrs. Obama was at a Democratic fundraiser at a private home in Northwest Washington Tuesday evening when a heckler interrupted her remarks by demanding the president sign an executive order to end bias in federal contracting based on gender orientation.
Mrs. Obama left the podium, walked up to the protester and said, “listen to me or you can take the (microphone), but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The audience asked her to stay, and escorted out the protester, Ellen Sturtz of the gay and lesbian rights organization Get EQUAL. Mrs. Obama then finished her remarks.
Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama “fully supports a legislative effort” on the contracting issue, but gay-rights groups say he should sign an executive order rather than wait for legislation.