Speaking last night at a Democratic fundraiser in New York City — otherwise known as Blocking Traffic On Every Freakin’ Avenue — President Obama was treated to some major heckling by AIDS activists, upset with his record so far. “President Obama! President Obama!” shouted one woman; others waved around signs reading “broken promises” and “no retreat, fund AIDS”; there was also the guy screaming about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Obama, who’s used to this type of behavior, told the rabble-rousers they should be going after the Republicans. Well, sure, them too.
Responded the president:
This young lady here, she wants increases in AIDS funding. That’s great. We increased AIDS funding. She’d like more. I’m sure we could do more — if we’re able to grow this economy again and if we continue on the policies that we’re on.
Young man back there shouted “don’t ask, don’t tell.” As President, I have said we’re going to reverse it. I got the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I got the Secretary of Defense to say that we’re going to reverse it.
But hold on a second. But hold on a second. Think about — think about what happened in Congress two days ago where you got 56 Democrats voting to debate this issue, and zero Republicans. And as a consequence, some of those signs should be going up at the other folks’ events.
And folks should be hollering at the other folks’ events because the choice in November could not be clearer. A choice about what you want for the next two years — what you want the next two years to look like in this country.
Then, as if on cue, a flash mob emerged and delivered some sick choreography to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”