Michelle Obama took on an unruly heckler yesterday at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington D.C.
The protester yelled from the crowd, demanding an executive order for gay rights. While pro-gay legislation is something to fight for, this is hardly the way to do it.
The First lady shut the heckler down with poise, and then continued on her discussion of American youth.
Michelle Obama is merely the latest official faced with the difficulty of battling hecklers. The following politicians took on the crowd as well.
George Bush has a shoe thrown at him
In 2008, a broadcast journalist, who most certainly disobeyed the integrity of his position, threw a shoe at then president George W. Bush as a “farewell kiss from the Iraqi people.” Muntadhar al-Zaidi missed Bush with the attack, but was still arrested for the incident. Al-Zaidi received fame and notoriety for his actions, but it likely wasn’t worth the nine months he spent in federal prison as a result of his decision.
John Kerry and the “Don’t taze me!” bro
In this instance, the heckler himself gained more notoriety than the politician. Many forget that when Andrew Meyer refused to cease his line of questioning, and got tazed for his disobedience, it was actually Senator Kerry he was speaking to. John Kerry did not need to silence the individual as university police took care of the man via more forceful means.
Bill Clinton is awesome
During Clinton’s run for presidency in 1992, members of an AIDS activist group interrupted several of his speeches. Clinton finally struck back at the hecklers to audience acclaim. These activists learned what so many others would learn in the upcoming decade: no one gets one over on Slick Willy.