SOUNDBITES — “Hey, remember when Barack Obama couldn’t get his tongue any further up our butts? … Ah, those were good times. … Anyone who wonders why I’m so down on Barack Obama — and have been for months — needs to meet my boyfriend: He supported Hillary Clinton during the primary, while I backed Obama. My support wasn’t passionate; I didn’t write Obama a check until after he clinched the nomination. During the primary I was fond of saying, ‘I’m for Hillary or Barack or both.’ But those facts can’t save me from the boyfriend’s wrath. I’m not to blame, he admits, but I’m handy. Barack Obama has been backtracking on his commitments to gays and lesbians since the moment he got elected, and someone’s going to hear about it. Might as well be me.” —Dan Savage on his “one-night stand” of passion with Barack Obama
My boyfriend is certain that Hillary Clinton, if she’d been elected president, would have been a passionate, ballsy supporter of gay rights. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” would already be history, he insists, and it’s hard for me to argue. Not because he’s necessarily right — we’ve been betrayed by the Clintons before (Bill signed “don’t ask, don’t tell” and DOMA into law in the first place) — but because it’s impossible to argue with him about all the progress being made on the civil rights front in the parallel universe where Hillary Clinton is president. He can’t actually prove that things would be better under President Hillary Clinton, but I can’t prove things would be as bad or worse. All he knows for sure is that — seven months in — things are bad under Obama.
And since, um, Barack Obama won the White House by a single vote — mine — that makes me ultimately responsible for everything.
And that’s why I’m being so tough on the president. Not because Obama won the White House thanks to my vote (or check), but because I know that every broken or delayed promise, every weasel word that falls out of Robert Gibbs’s mouth at the daily press briefing, every shift from “end” to “change” is going to upset the man I married in Canada — where they actually don’t make a distinction from a constitutional or legal standpoint between same-sex and opposite-sex couples. And that means yet another argument about what could have been under Hillary Clinton.
@Wayne: Hey Wayne don’t get yer knickers in a knot.
If you think Obama isn’t pandering to homosexuals imagine how John McCain would have been?
The fact is that Obama has far more important issues to deal with, like the economy, health care, energy policy and two wars.
Why on earth should he waste precious time worrying about homosexual marriage and DADT when most Americans of both parties aren’t interested in either?
@schlukitz: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I don’t see anybody trying to parody your relentless negativity and religiophobia.
Actually that gives me an idea…………….
@SM: And if you win the fight on ENDA homosexuals will have even more special rights and privileges to add to their special status as a “protected class”.
Let’s face it, whoever wins the next election there aren’t enough people interested in so-called homosexual issues to make much difference.
Most Americans are far more interested in having jobs, raising their families and enjoying life.
And Americans vote against homosexual marriage every single chance they get. Even in California
@schlukitz: Why will I suffer if ENDA is passed?
It will merely serve to prove my point
It’s a farce when homosexuals whine about “equality” because they are already a “protected class” and will soon have a bunch more special privileges courtesy of ENDA.
@InExile: Trust me, if Obama starts wasting time on homosexual issues his poll numbers will fall through the floor!
Normal people have far more important things to worry about
Took me a while to flag all those troll posts but I think I got them all for now.
@scott: Scott thanks for adding a voice of sanity amidst the baying of spoiled brats.
There are far more pressing priorities for Obama, and far more votes to be gained by addressing those priorities.
I see I have yet another imitator, how many is that now??
It only proves the old saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
@Shawn: Well Shawn it looks like the Democratic party will have to struggle by without another “sent” from you.
And good luck getting a “Green” President in the White House and a “Green” majority in Congress.
@SM: The American people are going to be very angry if they see Obama wasting time on these GBLT “issues” whilst millions of people are losing their jobs and houses and living without health care.
@TANK: CAN-TANK-EROUS are you on here 24 hours a day?
Is there nothing else happening in your life?