Michelle Obama’s Heckler Moment Was More About Lack of Transparency


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Photo of rude heckler, Ellen Sturtz

Mrs. Obama’s response to a heckler at a fundraiser on Tuesday might not be much of an issue but the White House transcript of the exchange is an issue.

First lady Michelle Obama was invited to speak at a fundraiser Tuesday when a lesbian activist, Ellen Sturtz 56, began to heckle her, demanding Barack Obama pass an anti-discrimination executive order. Ms. Sturtz would not let Mrs. Obama speak. Mrs. Obama paused and met Ms. Sturtz eye-to-eye and said,” One of the things that I don’t do well is this. Do you understand?”

A pool report from a reporter said Mrs. Obama left the lectern and went up to heckler Sturtz as she continued her loud and rude behavior, saying, “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”

There are reports that half the room supported Ms. Sturtz but one attendee said to Sturtz, “You need to go,” and Ms. Sturtz was escorted out.

I have no problem with Mrs. Obama’s reaction. Hecklers are limiting free speech rights of speakers. How many college speeches given by Conservatives can’t go on because of the loud and abusive behavior of hecklers. Hecklers could raise their hands and ask questions if they have a pressing issue but they choose to be rude or perhaps they are deliberately making it impossible for the speaker to move forward.

However, what people might have a problem with is that the White House transcript left out Mrs. Obama’s statement that she would leave.

So much for our not-so-transparent administration. That is what I define as a lie by omission. The White House record should be accurate not politically-motivated.


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