First Lady Shuts Down Heckler

First lady Michelle Obama attended a Seattle fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, a day before the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign and the Obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. /AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Michelle Obama may have the heart of a saint, but she has the tolerance for foolishness of a parochial school teacher.

The first lady confronted an unruly gay-rights protester who heckled her during her speech at a Democratic fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on June 4. And she’s receiving much praise for proactive behavior.

Guests paid $500 to $10,000 to support the event, which was held at the home of power couple Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer. According to reporters present, Ellen Sturtz, an activist with GetEQUAL campaign group, began spouting demands that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights about 12 minutes in the First Lady’s speech. But the tables quickly turned.

Mrs. Obama walked over to Sturtz and stated, “One of the things I don’t to well is this… Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving.” Then she told the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.” They chose her.

Sturtz was escorted out of the event. Later in an interview with The Washington Post she revealed that she was shocked by the first lady’s actions, stating: “I was taken aback.”