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Protester interrupts Michelle Obama at fundraiser

Wednesday - 6/5/2013, 2:24pm  ET

FILE - First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 42nd Annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington, in this, Sept. 22, 2012 file photo. Mrs. Obama was speaking Tuesday evening June 4, 2013 at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. According to a pool report from a reporter who attended the event, an audience member started shouting in support of an executive order on gay rights halfway through Mrs. Obama's remarks. Mrs. Obama moved toward the protester and said the person would either, quote, "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Read the White House pool report below the story, courtesy of West Wing Reports.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama threatened to leave a nighttime fundraiser unless a protester quit interrupting her speech.

Mrs. Obama was speaking Tuesday evening at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington. According to a pool report from a reporter who attended the event, an audience member started shouting in support of an executive order on gay rights halfway through Mrs. Obama's remarks.

Mrs. Obama moved toward the protester and said the person would either, quote, "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving."

The crowd started shouting for Mrs. Obama to stay. The protester was then escorted out of the event.


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The White House pool report:

The event was at the residence of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in NW DC, where the first lady attended a DNC fundraising event. It was a reception with approximately 200 people, followed by a round table discussion with around 20 people, according to a DNC official.

Tickets for the events range from $500 - $10,000.

Pool was ushered in as FLOTUS began speaking at 6:07 under a white tent in the backyard of the residence of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in NW DC. FLOTUS was introduced by Dixon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz also in attendance.

FLOTUS was wearing a dark blue sleeveless shirt dress, with a black belt and pumps.

Please check quotes with official transcript.

Most notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights. (Pool did not hear exactly what.)

"One of the things I don't do well is this," replied FLOTUS to loud applause. She left the lectern and moved over to the protester, saying they could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice."

Crowd started shouting that they wanted FLOTUS to stay.

"You need to go!" said one woman near the protester.

The protester was then escorted out, shouting "...lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." (First part of the quote was inaudible.) Pool could not get their name before they were taken out.

"So let me make the point that I was making before," continued FLOTUS. "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."

Loud applause in response to this comment.

Main takeaway from her speech was to stay engaged in off-presidential election years.

"We cannot wait for the next presidential election to get fired up and ready to go. We cannot wait. Right now, today, we have an obligation to stand up for those kids."

Cited the administration's work taking on climate change, gun violence, comprehensive immigration reform, student loans, gay rights.

Railed against the failure of background checks legislation, sequestration, and the budget stalemate.

FLOTUS finished speaking at 6:27, then shook hands and took pictures with attendees. Pool was ushered out immediately after the speech.