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Michelle Obama lets gay rights heckler get to her: ‘I’m leaving’
Question of the Day
First Lady Michelle Obama responded to a protester after she was interrupted about ten minutes into her speech at a campaign fundraiser in D.C. on Tuesday.
A pro-LGBT rights woman — standing at the front of the event at the residence of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer — began shouting for an executive order on gay rights.
“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said, leaving the lectern and moving toward the protester, “listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
The crowd started cheering for her to stay, according to various media reports.
“You need to go!” one woman shouted to the protester.
The protester was then escorted out, shouting “…lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.”
“So, let me make the point that I was making before,” the first lady resumed. “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.”
There were some 200 expected guests who paid between $500 and $10,000 to attend the reception at the Washington D.C. residence, a DNC official told Politico.
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