Can’t blame Team Barry for overreacting here: They’ve never encountered a hostile journalist before. This is a silly palate cleanser being overhyped by Drudge, especially considering the reporter’s the only source for what happened, but a good “dissent crushed” story is a good “dissent crushed” story, after all.

Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him “to take a stand for traditional marriage.”

She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter.

“I said, ‘I’ll take my chances if (the president) comes by here,'” said Lee, who identified herself as a Roman Catholic priestess who lives in Anaheim, Calif. “He became annoyed that I wouldn’t give him the letter.”

Lee, who was wearing what she described as a cassock, said she protested when she was asked to leave…

Two officers then picked her up and carried her out. An Associated Press photographer photographed the incident.

“I was afraid you could see under my clothes,” she said, her voice choking up.

I don’t see why she wasn’t allowed to stay. She was in the press area and properly credentialed. Bet on a conciliatory phone call from The One tomorrow; it worked when he called that reporter “Sweetie” during the campaign, didn’t it? Exit question: What’s odder, the fact that this woman thinks she’s a Catholic “priestess” or the fact that she thinks Obama’s going to take a stand against gay marriage? Click the image to watch.