Some chick decided to try the First Lady at a fundraiser and got her feelings hurt. From Washington Post:
First lady Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday – approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fundraiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech.
Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private Kalorama home in Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order.
Obama showed her displeasure – pausing to confront Sturtz eye to eye, according to witnesses.
“One of the things that I don’t do well is this,” she said to applause from most of the guests, according to a White House transcript. “Do you understand?”
A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama “left the lectern and moved over to the protester.” The pool report quoted Obama as saying: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
Obama’s suggestion that she would leave was not included in the official White House transcript.
The audience responded by asking Obama to remain, according to the pool report, which quoted a woman nearby telling Sturtz, “You need to go.”
Sturtz was escorted out of the room. She said in an interview later she was stunned by Obama’s response. “She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.
I'm sorry, you all know I usually don't use language like this but my first thought was "B*tch, please". She was taken aback? Because she thought she could say any damn thing and it would be alright?
Mrs. Obama's firm but polite response is below:
As per usual, the media backlash has been over-inflated and belittling. CodePink has suggested that Mrs. Obama should have been coached years ago on how to handle situations like this. Other outlets referred to FLOTUS as "threatening" and "angry". I'm sure there is more shiggity to come. To this I say - For real though? People paid from $500 to $10,000 to attend a dinner to hear the First Lady of the United States speak and she is supposed to stand there and get yelled at? No indeed.
It would have been different if she had gone all Shaquandeesha on old girl threatening ass-kickings and wagging her finger in her face but no, she politely asked that the woman shut it down and carry her raised-by-wolves ass on.
And truthfully, it was time that someone shut that heckling bullshiggity down. It's disrespectful, rude as hell and quite frankly, unprecedented. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is not here for that. Don't come for her unless she calls you, okay?
There is nothing wrong with a black woman showing displeasure when an entitled white woman (or anyone for that matter) gets out of line. FLOTUS has been more than gracious with people that I would have slapped silly and kept it pushing. But as per usual, media outlets have to play to the stereotype and paint FLOTUS as some random reality show chick yanking hair and calling folks all manner of b*tches.
There's a difference between being angry and out of pocket and just keeping it real. I don't see anything wrong with the First Lady of the United States of America asking to be respected when she speaks and I have zero patience for those who would try to make it into something it wasn't.
Are you sick of it? I know I am. Thoughts, comments, observations?