“One of them said, ‘Obama keep your promise.’ ‘I thought that’s fair. I don’t know which promise he was talking about.” That was President Obama on Wednesday night, speaking at the DNC fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton about the protesters outside. To the gays, that was a slap in the face: How dare the president pretend he doesn’t know what promises we’re demanding he keep. But it turns out there were more than just GLBT demonstrators outside the hotel; anti-war folks were there as well. Some critics are now giving Obama a pass for his comments, saying he didn’t mean to offend the gays. And perhaps they’re right. He just meant to offend anyone who disagrees with him and demands he keep his campaign promises.
Want civil rights? You’re a punchline. Want your sons and daughters home from the Middle East? You’re a punchline. Want your tax dollars to stop funding wars? You’re a punchline.
There’s a great history in this country of protesting, and there’s a great history of turning a blind eye to it. Once again, the president showed which path he prefers. So no, Obama doesn’t get a pass on this one. Rather than only mocking gay men and women who want nothing more than their civil rights, he opted to mock the beliefs of other groups who also helped put him in the White House.
In the above clip, you can watch Obama take a giant crap on your First Amendment right to disagree with him. And then you can hear the audience laugh.