Hey, Obama critics? You had nothing to do with the president showing up at the HRC dinner on Saturday night. That was just a response to Joe Solmonese inviting him to speak, not the growing volume of your unhappiness with his leadership. That’s because, according CNBC’s Washington correspondent John Harwood, the White House thinks we’re just a bunch of pajama-wearing complainers!
He’s correct, but only a quarter of the time; we do have to venture out for three-hour lunches, ya know.
It’s hard to tell when Harwood is just winging it, or relaying sentiments directly from Obama’s camp. But as he tells it, the gays who marched over the weekend are part of the fringe of Obama’s Democratic base, and their (read: our) concerns don’t need to be seriously dealt with. At the very least, that way of thinking explains all of Obama’s platitudes, and lack of action.
UPDATE: White House senior communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer shoots down Harwood’s claims: “That sentiment does not reflect White House thinking at all, we’ve held easily a dozen calls with the progressive online community because we believe the online communities can often keep the focus on how policy will affect the American people rather than just the political back-and-forth.”
UPDATE 2: Harwood gets in on clarifications. “My comments quoting an Obama adviser about liberal bloggers/pajamas weren’t about the LGBT community or the marchers. They referred more broadly to those grumbling on the left about an array of issues in addition to gay rights, including the war in Afghanistan and health care and Guantanamo — and whether all that added up to trouble with Obama’s liberal base.”