Friday, May 29, 2009


The Huffington Post has this inspiring video of Lt. Dan Choi, discharged from the military for having the integrity for saying he was a gay man, speaking at a protest rally outside a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee:

And Obama had the gall to state the following, after the gut wrenching decision of the California State Supreme Court regarding the status of Prop. 8, during the protests at which Lt. Choi spoke that occurred outside of that fundraiser:

A gaggle of sign-waving protestors milled around outside The Beverly Hilton, the sprawling hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. They must have caught the president’s eye when he arrived at the hotel from an earlier stop in Las Vegas because he relayed one of their messages to the crowd.

“One of them said, “Obama keep your promise,’ ” the president said. “I thought that’s fair. I don’t know which promise he was talking about.”

The people in the audience – who paid $30,400 per couple to attend – laughed as they ate a dinner of roasted tenderloin, grilled organic chicken and sun choke rosemary mashed potatoes.

[For the full article. see here]

At this point, does anyone think that Obama really cares one whit about equal rights for Gay people? Does anyone see Obama as anything but a smart, charismatic, charming shell whose chameleon-like principles are akin to those of Bill Clinton whom we have to thank for DADT and DOMA?

Obama could get rid of DADT at the drop of a hat! Moreover, by stating a few words, he could set the tone to get the ball rolling on the repeal of DOMA.

Yet he cruelly makes a cheap joke at the expense of millions of Gay Americans, many of whom he wooed to get their votes, and now it seems he couldn't care less about them. After all, he got what he wanted from them and, besides, he probably thinks, "Who else are they going to vote for?"
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Leonard said...

Wow, I´m afraid to look at that side of President Obama...sometimes, I have trouble facing reality and especially being used or flat-out betrayal...I´m not quite ready to admit that he doesn´t give a damn about DADT or us and our supporters, family and the meantime, the pressure mounts, we aren´t going away...and HE knows at some level there will be important segments of OUR fates to face one day...let it be soon!

Jerry Maneker said...

Hi Leonardo: I might be overly cynical, but I think Obama might do away with DADT right before the next election to throw a bone to part of his constituency to help insure his re-election. In my opinion, his heart isn't in the acquisition of equal rights for LGBT people. Even his nominee to the Supreme Court looks to me, at the very least, to likely be a wild card, and not necessarily one predisposed to vote in favor of same-sex marriage. For example, see here. If Donohue is in favor of her, that alone makes me suspicious! Best wishes, Jerry.

genevieve said...

That's why GLBT groups need to keep the pressure on our reps.