Of thick skin and thick skulls

The first lady and her hecklers could both be more patient

The Obamas want it both ways. On the one hand, Mr. Obama long ago tried to argue his wife was off-limits to criticism. Yet, following the Clinton model, they’ve wrung every bit of political opportunity they can out of her.

They have made her a political figure. She needs to deal with it and grow a thicker skin.

While being heckled the other night – by a radical left-winger, no less – she left the lectern to get in the heckler’s face and threaten to leave if the heckler weren’t removed.

It was unbecoming a woman of her stature. If you’re going to inject yourself into the political arena, as she has, you have to be grace under fire.

It was the Obamas and Clintons, remember, who turned the first lady into a political figure.

That said, we don’t blame her, or any other public figure, for getting chafed at being interrupted and heckled. It’s beyond rude, and it’s an
unambiguous attempt to silence someone you disagree with. That’s un-American.

It’s the modus operandi of the radical left in this country, normally applied against conservatives.

It’s wrong, regardless of the speaker’s views.

With all the technology and media at our disposal, no one in this country risks being voiceless.

But sometimes it’s just your turn to shut up and listen.

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