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ESSENCE Poll: First Lady Michelle Obama Confronts Heckler: Would You Do the Same?

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first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a veterans employment event in the East Room
Michelle Obama
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You will not interrupt Michelle Obama during a speech.

The First Lady swiftly confronted a gay rights activist who heckled her at a private fundraiser in Washington D.C. last night. Obama was reportedly 12 minutes into a planned 20-minute speech when activist Ellen Sturtz demanded that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.

“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the First Lady said. "Do you understand?" The Washington Post reports that Obama then walked off the stage to approach Sturtz.

"Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving,” continued FLOTUS, before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”

The crowd shouted for Mrs. Obama to stay. Sturtz was escorted out, but not before shouting that she was a “…lesbian looking for federal equality before I die.”

Later, in an interview with the Post, Sturtz said that she was "surprised by the First Lady's reaction. “She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”

Sigh

So you interrupt the First Lady—a private citizen who, unlike her husband, doesn't get a government salary by the way—and are surprised that she doesn’t act as "calmly" as you did?

All we will say is First Lady Michelle Obama is a certified BOSS! And we all know you do not mess with the boss.

Listen to the audio above and tell us how you handle these sorts of moments, and people, in your life?

QUESTION:
How do you handle rude people?
I take the high road and ignore them
11%
I confront them immediately
25%
I cool down and then speak with them
8%
Depends on the situation. Sometimes I'm nice, and others I'm just as rude
56%
Total votes: 354

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