First Lady Michelle Obama once again proved she can hold her own at a private fundraising event, held on June 4 in a private home in western Washington. As a woman of her word, Obama was heard loud and clear when she threatened to leave the event, at which she was the speaker, when an aggressive activist interrupted her.
Ellen Sturtz, a GetEqual activist, shouted a demand to Obama that the President sign an executive order to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace. If signed, the executive order would ban federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people in regards to employment.
Reports indicate that Mrs. Obama left the stand and went right up to Sturtz, saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
Apparently, Sturtz was willing to take the stage, but was escorted out of the fundraiser before she was able to take the opportunity.
Sturtz told the Washington Post that “[Obama] came right down in my face. I was taken aback.”