President Obama reacted pretty coolly when confronted by a protester two weeks ago—but then again, maybe he has more practice with hecklers. Michelle Obama, on the other hand, threatened to leave a fundraiser Tuesday night after she was confronted by a heckler—and “came right into [the protester’s] face.” “One of the things I don’t do well is this,” Obama said, according to the transcript. According to the pool report, Obama “left the lectern and went up to the protester” and said “listen to me or take the mike, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.” The protester, Ellen Sturtz, a lesbian activist, was then escorted out of the room. Sturtz said she was “taken aback” by Obama’s response.
Listen to a recording of the confrontation.