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While addressing a $500.00 a plate Democratic Party fundraiser in a private Kalorama home in Northwest Washington Michelle Obama threatened to leave after lesbian Ellen Sturtz, 56, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“(This is) One of the things that I don’t do well,” Mrs. Obama said loud over the microphone.
A pool report from a reporter in the room said Obama then “left the lectern and moved to Ms, Sturtz.” and said: “Listen to me or you can take the mic, but I’m leaving. You all decide. You have one choice.”
“She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.” Sturtz said she told Obama she was happy to take the microphone to plead her case, which, Sturtz said, appeared to fluster the first lady. “I said I want your husband to sign the executive order,” Sturtz said. “Her husband could sign this order tonight and protect 22 percent of the work force in this country.” Sturtz was then escorted out of the room by security. Later in an in an interview later she was stunned by Mrs. Obama’s response.
The incident came hours after White House press secretary Jay Carney reiterated the president’s focus being on legislation for any type of ENDA protections through Congress even though two past Presidents in the past have signed Executive Orders barring discrimination against race, color, and creed by companies that hold Government contracts.
After the incident Mrs. Obama did not mention ENDA or an Executive Order completely ignoring the incident and going back on scripted message.
“So let me make the point that I was making before. We are here for our kids. So we must recapture that passion. That same urgency and energy that we felt back in 2008, 2012. Understand this — this is what I want you all to understand. This is not about us. No one back here. It’s not about you or you or your issue or your thing. This is about our children.”
I have said it before and I will say it again. It should have been Hillary in 08.
Newark’s Mayor and soon to be Governor of New Jersey (say bye-bye Chris Christie) and First Lady Michelle Obama owned the night on the stunning first day of the Democratic National Convention.
Booker powerfully blazed bright at the 6pm hour of the Convention speaking about the 2012 Democratic platform and the differences between it and the GOP’s
“Our platform and our president are not interested in petty political arguments. Instead, this platform of big and practical ideas sets forth an emboldened pathway toward the historic hope which has driven generations of Americans forward—it is our most fundamental national aspiration—that no matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American—first generation or fifth—one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents—that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills.
You should be able to afford health care for your families. You should be able to retire with dignity and respect. And you should be able to give your children the kind of education that allows them to dream even bigger, go even further and accomplish more than you could have imagined,” ”This is our platform. This is our platform! This is our platform!”
First Lady Michelle closed the night with the most flawlessly stunning, brilliant, moving, and passionate sppech that was worthy of a Presidential nominee instead of a First Lady:
“If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
It was a spectacular start to the Democratic National Convention, full of hope, plans and dreams for a new and better America. And in just one day it has already overshadows the entire week of the RNC in Tampa which focused on the negative, attacks and hate