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Old 06-05-2013, 10:02 AM
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Michelle Obama has one idea:
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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.
I can sympathize with the First Lady here but maybe a Chris Christie-style mocking would have been a better reaction than threatening to leave.
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Come on No Name you can do better than that.....
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How times did Michelle say we had to act "for the children?"
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Better than what?
You usually are the person I rely on for astute criticism of the Obamas
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:48 AM
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Thanks! In this case I don't have any problem with what Michelle did, but I feel it lacked some of the flair that a Christie response might have had. It's actually pretty rare for me to criticize Michelle, but you are right that I have been a little busy lately and have fallen down a little bit on the criticizing Barack front. I'll try to remedy that.
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Christie for First Lady!!!

What? That's not an electable position?
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:12 AM
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Whats she want Obama to do....."I Leader Obama pass this executive order banning being mean to people". I hereby direct DHS to stop protecting our borders and begin monitoring people that are mean to others they don't like or want to be around."
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And then add, "including heckling of others while they speak."
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“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?”
Not really. What don't you do well? Speak? Handle confrontation?

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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.”
What? If they only have one choice, what are they deciding? You're leaving, but you didn't leave? What's up with that?
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