Since President Obama supports gay rights, instructs the Justice Department to ignore the Defense of Marriage Act, and praises NBA player Jason Collins for coming out of the closet, one would think Mrs. Obama would have taken a more sympathetic tone with Sturtz, a most loyal gay constituent. If Michelle would have simply told Sturtz she would be glad to hear her concerns after she finished speaking, Sturtz probably would have quieted down.
If former First Lady Laura Bush spoke to a heckler the way Michelle Obama did, the mainstream media would have been relentless in its finger wagging at Mrs. Bush. But Laura wouldn’t have behaved like that because she was used to some Americans and the media relentlessly heckling her husband.
Mrs. Obama is getting a taste of what accountability feels like as the media finally begins to scrutinize the Obama administration, specifically the scandals washing over his second term. Apparently neither the president nor Michelle is used to being treated like their predecessors -- and it’s making them angry, as evidenced by the First Lady’s outburst.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during his Wednesday briefing Mrs. Obama handled the heckler “brilliantly." No, but maybe she’ll learn. After all, this is all new to her.