Obama Hosts Pride Celebration At White House, Tells LGBT Advocates To “Dream Big”

As he has every June, President Barack Obama invited LGBT politicians, journalists, activists and members of his own administration to the White House on Friday for a Pride Month celebration.

At a ceremony in the East Room, Obama thanked gay and lesbian service members for their patriotic duty and listed the milestones the community has achieved under his presidency. He assured those assembled that “as long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.”

We’ll hold you to that, Mr. President.

Below, the full transcript of his remarks:

Welcome to the White House, everybody.  (Applause.)  We are glad all of you could join us today.  I want to thank the members of Congress and the members of my administration who are here, including our friends who are doing outstanding work every day: John Berry, Nancy Sutley, Fred Hochberg.  (Applause)

Now, each June since I took office, we have gathered to pay tribute to the generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who devoted their lives to our most basic of ideals: equality not just for some, but for all.

Together we’ve marked major milestones like the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when a group of brave citizens held their ground against brutal discrimination.  Together, we’ve honored courageous pioneers who, decades ago, came out and spoke out; who challenged unjust laws and destructive prejudices.  Together, we’ve stood resolute; unwavering in our commitment to advance this movement and to build a more perfect union.

Now, I’ve said before that I would never counsel patience; that it wasn’t right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell women to be patient a century ago, or African Americans to be patient a half century ago.  After decades of inaction and indifference, you have every reason and right to push, loudly and forcefully, for equality.  (Applause)

But three years ago, I also promised you this: I said that even if it took more time than we would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change.  And together, that’s what we’re witnessing.

For every person who lost a loved one at the hand of hate, we ended a decade of delay and finally made the Matthew Shepard Act the land of the law. (Applause) For every person with HIV who was treated like an outcast, we lifted the HIV entry ban.  (Applause.)  And because of that important step, next month, for the first time in more than two decades, the International AIDS conference will be held right here in the United States.  (Applause)

For every American diagnosed with HIV who couldn’t get access to treatment, we put forward a National HIV/AIDS strategy, because who you are should never affect whether you get life-extending care.  Marjorie Hill, the head of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, is here.  (Applause)  GMHC has saved so many lives, and this year they are celebrating their 30th anniversary.  So I want to give them and all these organizations who work to prevent and treat HIV a big round of applause.  Give it up for Marjorie and everybody else. (Applause)

For every partner or spouse denied the chance to comfort a loved one in the hospital, to be by their side at their greatest hour of need, we said, enough.  Hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid— and that is most of them—now have to treat LGBT patients just like any other patient.  For every American denied insurance just for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, we passed health insurance reform, which will ban that kind of discrimination.  (Applause)

We’ve expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity for workers in the federal government. (Applause)  We’ve supported efforts in Congress to end the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (Applause)  And as we wait for that law to be cast aside, we’ve stopped defending its constitutionality in the courts. (Applause)

We’ve put forward a strategy to promote and protect the rights of LGBT communities all over the world, because, as Secretary Clinton said back in December, gay rights are human rights.  (Applause)

And, of course, last year we finally put an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (Applause), so that nobody would ever have to ever again hide who they love in order to serve the country they love.  And I know we’ve got some military members who are here today.  (Applause)  I’m happy to see you with your partners here.  We thank you for your service.  We thank your families for their service, and we share your joy at being able to come with your spouses or partners here to the White House with your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause)

Now, we know we’ve got more to do.  Americans may feel more comfortable bringing their partners to the office barbecue, but we’re still waiting for a fully inclusive employment non-discrimination act.  (Applause)  Congress needs to pass that legislation, so that no American is ever fired simply for being gay or transgender.

Americans may be able serve openly in the military, but many are still growing up alone and afraid; picked on, pushed around for being different.  And that’s why my administration has worked to raise awareness about bullying.  And I know—I just had a chance to see Lee Hirsch, the director of Bully, who is here.  And we thank him for his work on this issue. (Applause)

I want to acknowledge all the young leaders here today who are making such a big difference in their classrooms and in their communities.  And Americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality, but as I’ve indicated personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue.  (Applause.)

So we still have a long way to go, but we will get there.  We’ll get there because of all of you.  We’ll get there because of all of the ordinary Americans who every day show extraordinary courage.  We’ll get there because of every man and woman and activist and ally who is moving us forward by the force of their moral arguments, but more importantly, by the force of their example.

And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless America. (Applause)

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  • jason

    Obama basically confirmed every stereotype about gay people – ie that they are the cause of AIDS. Shame on you, Mr President.

    As for Obama’s advocacy, what a joke. The man is inaction personified. He barely lifted a finger to help us. He was basically silent through much of the DADT repeal process. During the period in which the Democrats had a super-majority, nothing was done to pass ENDA.

    Obama pretends to be on our side because he wants our money. Money, money, money. Follow the money trail. It’s the ka-ching thing, stupids.

  • JDM

    @jason: So I’m guessing your answer is to vote Romney, since after all he has been very vocal about his disdain for our community. Better to have someone who outright hates you than to have someone who panders to you, right?

    You’re an idiot.

  • samwise

    I support Obama 100 percent. Actually, now it’s 99 percent. “Dream big.” ? No, Mr. President. We’ve had enough of dreaming. We want reality, and I’m not talking about television. We want every right afforded to everyone else.

  • 1equalityUSA

    The Republicans are such self-entitled fools to have become so anti-gay and anti-woman. The “religulous” have got them by the short-hairs and the Tea-party is insane. They cling to DOMA as thought it were a security blanket and Catholics tug on strings to have them dance this way and that. What tools these mortals be.

  • Jide Afolayan

    I love you all gay people even though I totally disagree with your lifestyle. You have chosen to accept a way of life that is wrong in the sight of God. I want to beg you all to seek the face of God and ask Jesus to help you out of this lifestyle. You will have no excuse before the throne of God when you exit this realm. It won’t matter that society is accepting you more and more. God is not happy with your lifestyle and he loves you. He’s not looking to destroy you but to hold you close and cleanse you. Love you all.

  • tinkerbell

    Do you people have ANYTHING of intelligence to say or post? Anything that doesn’t involve mythology and/or your diety? You live on 2000-3000 year-old “science.”

  • tinkerbell

    That was in response to the Republican-Christian political post by a “Jide” about his “god” of politics.

  • Brandon

    I agree with Jason. Obama should understand that HIV is a HUMAN DISEASE, not one that mainly affects bisexual and gay men.

  • Colin

    @Brandon: It’s mostly a gay disease in the West and always has been. AIDS will always be associated with gays because of their filthy promiscuous lifestyle.

    Anyway, as a gay Republican, I will be voting for Romney and have already donated to his campaign. Obama just wants votes and was only voted in because he’s half-black. Romney and the rest of real America wants real change and that’s what Obama couldn’t bring in almost four years.

  • Dave

    Getting everyone that is HIV+ or living with AIDS medications is NOT going to happen just because Obama wants it to. The meds are VERY expensive even if you do get help paying for them via programs, and the drug companies do not want to make them generic at all.

  • Dave

    @Colin that’s not true. There are a lot of heterosexuals who are HIV+. Anyway you’re a bigot troll.

  • Colin

    @Dave: As a statistic, gay men (and men who have sex with men) still outnumber heterosexuals in spreading HIV as a statistic of the population. This is a statistical FACT. It is not open to bias and therefore cannot be disputed.

    There is nothing bigoted about my post. It just happens to be the truth and that’s clearly a problem for most of you whiny liberal queens.

  • Carlos

    Colin if what you wrote about bisexual and gay men (and MSM whatever that means? I guess it means they are closeted? Or DL?) spreading HIV is true, how come most people in the world who are HIV+, living with AIDS, or who have died from HIV/AIDS are heterosexual?

  • Jabaroo

    “Obama just wants votes”. Yes, because that is what you NEED to win an election.

  • Kevin

    @Colin: It is a physical fact that anal sex is drastically more likely to transmit HIV because the lining of the intestines is considerably thinner than the lining of the mouth, throat, or vagina. Gay men would have a higher rate transmission than heterosexuals regardless of promiscuity, “filthy” or otherwise. Why use an outdated moral argument (gays get AIDS because they are dirty sluts) when the scientific one is so simple? Someone has some serious self-hate to get past.

  • JDM

    @Colin: “will always be associated with gays because of their filthy promiscuous lifestyle.’

    It’s all-too-perfect that with that self-loathing dribble you’re a gay RepubliKlan.

    “There is nothing bigoted about my post. It just happens to be the truth and that’s clearly a problem for most of you whiny liberal queens.”

    Like Mitt Romney, you actually managed to contradict yourself in a matter of two sentences by saying you’re not bigoted and then following it up with an incredibly bigoted sentence. Thankfully gay RepubliKlans are in the vast minority and there aren’t enough of you to completely capsize the gay rights movement.

  • jack

    This retired white male high school teacher and U S Navy veteran will again proudly cast my vote for Obama/Biden in November.

  • Colin

    @Kevin: There’s nothing outdated about the argument. The argument takes place right here on this site all the time among liberal gays and their supporters. Clearly it is still a hot topic that hasn’t gone away over the decades. Gay men are terribly promiscuous and it shows in their contraction of HIV and other diseases, and their inability to form lasting relationships or settle for “open relationships.” You cannot deny facts.

    @Carlos: Take a course on 1) geography and 2) statistics, read my comments again (carefully this time), and get back to me when you’re all edumacated.

    @JDM: What you and whiny liberal queens like you define as “bigotry” is irrelevant. I call it like I see it and that’s what you are. And you are in no place to throw around the bigot card when virtually every article on this site from you whiny liberal queens features ageist, sexist, and often homophobic remarks about our community that you allegedly support. And this is true across pretty much all gay liberal blogs. You and those like you are the pot calling the kettle black.

    Gay Republicans may be in the minority but that doesn’t stop us from voting. And in droves we will vote against Barack Obama and make sure he and his rac ist, anti-American wife are out of office in November and replaced by Romney. And the majority of the country will help with that task.

  • Matt

    Colin, how are Obama and his wife r a c i s t?

    I am personally not pleased with Obama but I just won’t vote for him again I’ll vote for a 3rd party candidate who is neither Obama or Romney.

  • JDM

    @Colin: It’s not a matter of ‘defining bigotry.’ Using the word queen to define anyone who is gay is bigoted. It just proves my point that you gay white supremacist Republicans are the most self-loathing people on the planet. It’s sad to see how confused and morally backwards you all are. But thankfully, as said before, you’re all as irrelevant as you are stupid.

  • UsualPlayers

    ONce again, the President is not perfect, and he will continued to need to be pressured, but we can pressure him, unlike Romney, whose record on gay rights, like that of the GOP Leadership, is abysmal.

  • Colin

    @JDM: Lyrics from Lady Gaga recited the world over by liberal queens everywhere:

    “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.”

    At that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Now until Lady Gaga is taken to task for her terribly bigoted comments about gays (sarcasm), I think you are applying an unfair standard, and only digging your hole of hypocrisy deeper. And then to assume a gay republican is a white supremacist and self-loathing, only continues to show your hypocrisy. Keep it up because hypocrisy is a good look for you.

  • Colin

    @Matt: Obama’s race comments and Michelle’s comments about America prove how they feel about whites and America. It was liberal white guilt-having whites who put him in the White House.

    And what is sad is that Obama is half-white and yet he shows his indifference and/or hatred for his whiteness every chance he gets. Wake up! I could go on but I will stop.

  • Alison A. Hicks


    I’m doing a movie against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and I’m an Author so PROMOTIONS IS basically all I’m doing after being a retired tennis pro at 47 years old.

    I would love to meet Obama and do what I can.

    We are filming at the Capitol in Lansing, Michigan area end of July. Please call me or email me for any information.

    Alison A. Hicks

  • Bill Gander

    @JDM: It’s always an election between a douche and a turd sandwich with this guy. I just wish there were more options this year. Obama and Romney aren’t going to do anything for this country. If he does make it a second term without launching a well-timed war with Iran/Syria/Israel, Obama needs some SERIOUS pressure on his political games he is playing. I voted him in and have been thoroughly disappointed in this wishy washy, do nothing president. Like I said, with there were more options than Obama’s lying arse and Romney’s ALL CAPS speech patterns and out of touch dbag nature.

  • Bill Gander

    @Alison A. Hicks: Why are you filming about Arpaio in Lansing? There aren’t that many illegals in Lansing- too cold. Think about this stuff and not what your maid told you lol.

  • Cam

    @Jide Afolayan: said…

    “I love you all gay people even though I totally disagree with your lifestyle. You have chosen to accept a way of life that is wrong in the sight of God.”

    Actually judging others and presuming to know God’s mind are both against the Bible. Oh wit, whats that? Oh thats right, you only quote the Bible when you have a BIGOTRY you want to support or a behavior of YOURS you want to excuse.

    Look, easy choice.

    Obama signed DADT’s repeal, he ordered the DOJ to stop defending DOMA in court, and came out in support of gay marraige.

    Romney said he would not have signed the DADT repeal, and he went before Congress to demand a constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality.

    The choice isn’t even close.

  • Some Random Guy

    Apparently Colin doesn’t actually have sex with men – hence the comment about gay men and “their” (!!! – not “our”) “filthy” lifestyle.

    Like all good gay Republicans, Colin jerks off all over his money money money money money money… That is SAFE SEX.

  • jason

    Promiscuity, not homosexuality, is the main cause of AIDS. Promiscuity is a sullied form of behavior. Homosexuality is a pure and just orientation.

    Promiscuity and homosexuality are not one and the same thing. However, a male-male paradigm is conducive to promiscuity because you are combining two high sex drives when you put two men together. In this circumstance, it takes a lot of willpower and personal morality to resist the temptation of having lots of sex with various men.

    The only thing that will save the gay rights movement is morality. No social movement can survive without morality at its core.

  • Some Random Guy

    I “dream big”…

    How about a president who has admitted in his books to having SMOKED POT… advocating LEGALIZED POT! Or at the very least, stop ordering your federal attorneys to persecute states that are merely trying to legalize medical marijuana.

    Mr. President, please stop being a HYPOCRITE on this issue!

    And yes, Romney would try to drag this issue backward 40 years to the Nixon era.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Jason, You make a small amount of sense, until you generalize it out into the entire gay community. It’s just not like this. I’ve been with my spouse for 18 years, my brother-in-law has been with his spouse 20 years, most everyone I know has been partnered up without all of the promiscuity you slap onto the entire community. True, some are more promiscuous than others, but that is true with straights too. That’s a human nature thing, not solely a gay thing.

  • Some Random Guy

    @Some Random Guy: Barebacking is the cause of HIV among gay men.

    I’ve met several guys who were monogamous with their FIRST boyfriend, who unknowingly gave them HIV. Promiscuity has nothing to do with it. Someone who has a lot of oral sex who never has anal sex will have a one-in-a-billion chance of getting it.

  • sheena

    @jason: what an idiot romney supporter….when romney wins DONT CRY AND BEG FOR GAY RIGHTS OK

  • 1equalityUSA

    Cam has a theory that trolls are paid to come into the site and distract everyone from the content of the articles. I believe this.

  • Avenger

    Why is he doing something like this AT the White House? Meh. Come November, I do intend to vote for Romney, and I’m not even a republican. I voted for Obama last time, but I don’t care for his idealistic pandering. Romney would never host this sort of thing at the White House.

  • Tracy Johnson

    @Jide Afolayan: John Travolta, is that you again?

  • Tracy Johnson

    @1equalityUSA: Thats true. But they are usually unpaid Repo volunteers we’re going to see a lot more trolls leading up to the election in November. Don’t worry they don’t make a shits worth of difference; and they usually disappear in the two months after a major election.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Tracy Johnson, You make them sound like mumps. I suppose they lie dormant too.

  • Tracy Johnson

    @1equalityUSA: Ha Ha great! Free shingles screening at the local Wallgreens!!

  • Brandon

    Collin Yes you are correct that Obama is half white or biracial/mixed race yet the media calls him “black”.

  • jason

    Some Random Guy,

    There are tons of heterosexual couples who have bareback anal sex but who don’t get AIDS. Therefore, bareback anal sex is not the cause of AIDS.

    My point about the gay male social scene is that it is highly non-monogamous and highly promiscuous within a closed, test-tube setting. This combination – promiscuity and a closed setting – is conducive to the explosion of pathogens.

  • Damon

    Jason There are A LOT of people who are heterosexual who have had bareback anal or vaginal sex with someone who is HIV+ and gotten infected this way. Most people who are HIV+ are heterosexual and were infected via unprotected anal or vaginal sex.

    I do agree that if you’re sleeping around or having sex with multiple people, or you’re in a relationship with someone that cheats on you who slips up and has bareback sex it’s foolish to have bareback sex.

  • Tyler

    I do agree that Obama should not try to link gay and bisexual men with HIV/AIDS since HIV is a human disease and most people who are poz worldwide or who died of AIDS are heterosexual and they were infected either via heterosexual sex or from blood that was HIV+.

  • houtx48

    *Yawn* More empty promises from Obama.

    Obama can claim all he wants that he and his administration are for LGBT rights but they’re not.

  • jason

    This is why I won’t be voting for Obama: the lies, the pandering, the linking of AIDS to homosexuality. You cannot get a more homophobic President than Obama.

  • Jabaroo

    @jason: ” You cannot get a more homophobic President than Obama.” Romney.

  • Luke

    Obama is going to be a 1 term president.
    I voted for him, supported him, donated a small amount of money, and campaigned for him in 2008 but I am not pleased with him so I am not going to vote for him again.

    I am not going to vote for Romney either. I will vote for the green party.

  • ChykolateDrop

    Good Lawd the ignorance pouring from this comment section is comical and a tad bit sad. Ain’t nothing like a bitter, ungrateful, waste of skin. ” I’m soooooooooo unhappy with him, he didn’t do this, he didn’t do that, that’s why I’m not voting for him”. Chile boo, that your dumb phucking problem. I for one will have my black ass out election day voting for him.
    NO. 41. Are you still chewing THAT cud??? Gull either swallow that chit or spit that chit out and find a new topic. I’m pretty sho he don’t gives a phuck what the media calls him, seems like you are the one still worrying about. Have a seat or go take a damn nap.

  • jack

    All of the gay people who say they are unhappy with Obama and are going to vote for a third party candidate must know that the are helping to elect Romney and all of the anti-gay conservative activists justices and judges that he will appoint to the U S Supreme Court, U S Appeals Courts, U S District Courts and all of the Dept Heads of govt etc etc. They will make policy that effects your lives for the next generation.

  • 1equalityUSA

    And line up all of the prominent roles of government for Mormons who are held accountable to elders of a politicized organization. Foxes in the hen house. Jack, I wonder if some of these posters are part of this cult and are hoping to sway the votes. Tracy Johnson said in post #38, “Don’t worry they don’t make a shits worth of difference; and they usually disappear in the two months after a major election.” It was one of the more comforting trains of thought I’ve read all day. Strap-the-family-dog-to-the-roof-of-the-car (until he blows diarrhea and vomits) pin-a-gay-kid-down-with-the-help-of-cruel-friends-and-chop-his-hair-off-Romney scares the pie out of me. He cannot be the leader of our Nation!

  • kendoll

    Do you love being pandered to by Obama? Do you you still love it when you realize it’s all about our money contributions and nothing to do with caring about our rights? Obama doesn’t give a crap about gays. Sad thing is the Moormunz are so much worse, we’re stuck with the big eared guy.

  • scott

    @Jide Afolayan: at one point I was brutally beaten close to death by “Good Christians” for being homosexuals. As I lay in the gutter, begging for my life, I was comforted and sustained for the time being by a higher power. When I came to a drag queen had pulled me into her apartment and nursed me back to health/conciousness. It comes downt to a question of my religious freedom. God assured me in that moment, my persecutors had no right to take his name in the ultimate vein, violance. Sir, by assuming you are the voice of god’s will, you must be on some sort of ego trip, as by claiming to be god’s voice, you are commiting the sin of blasphemy, which last checked was just as serious of a sin as adultery or sex out of wedlock. I went to Catholic school my whole life, including university. If you would like to have a theological debate please take your views to a theological forum or religious post, where it is not off topic, and I will give you exact quotes from papal encyclicals in which they use fear to manipulate their patrons. Strikinng fear into the heart of people, and then following with a lie is a very old manipulative trick (hitler was great at it). In all respect, I am sorry you have let misinformation and bad prespectives cloud your view of God.



  • Chad

    I agree with this comment: Both Obama and Romney do not care about LGBT people.

    Do you love being pandered to by Obama? Do you you still love it when you realize it’s all about our money contributions and nothing to do with caring about our rights? Obama doesn’t give a crap about gays. Sad thing is the Moormunz are so much worse, we’re stuck with the big eared guy.

  • Brian

    1equality: That’s nice. Did you say something? Most people even LGBT people do not want 4 more years of BS and pandering by Obama. I’m not a Romney supporter or a Republican but the whole story about how he somehow made a joke about cutting off some guy’s hair was a complete lie and fake.

  • MikeSF

    More typical R A C I S T BS from ChykolateDrop. Calling Obama black is r a c i s t since he’s mixed race or biracial and not black at all.

  • Barefoot Accountant

    I have become very disenchanted with President Barack Obama even though I voted for him in 2008.

    1. He did not even propose the public option healthcare system: he had campaigned on that system, promising to propose it. (Wikipedia: ”President Barack Obama promoted the idea of the public option while running for election.[3] After becoming President, Obama downplayed the need for a public health insurance option including calling it a “sliver” of health care reform,[4] but had not given up pursuing the idea before the health care reform was passed.[5] The preceding statement is disputed by evidence that the Obama administration had agreed to drop the public option from the final plan in the summer of 2009[6] in a back room deal with representatives of the for-profit hospital lobby[7]“)

    2. He has appointed countless Wall Streeters to his top economic team, failing to appoint labor voices like Robert Reich.

    3. He has bailed out Wall Street instead of Main Street: remember TARP? And then the banks dispensed $6 billion in bonuses in that year to its executives.

    4. He failed to attack the mortgage crisis, leaving an elephant still in our “room”, with one-third of home mortgages now underwater.

    5. He failed to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, doing away with habeous corpus, allowing the government to arrest and detain indefinitely without a trial or hearing.

    6. He agreed to an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and on top of that, he agreed to an egregious reduction of the estate taxes on the rich, exempting as much as $10 million from any estate taxes and lowering the estate tax rate down to a ridiculous rate of 35%, when our country has a $15 trillion debt. That alone saved the Walton heirs $17 billion in taxes.

    7. He has failed to indict and imprison any of those banksters involved in all of that fraud on Wall Street from the subprime mortgage, including robo-signing, and selling shit-backed mortgage securities known to be worthless.

    8. He appointed Jeffrey Immelt to head his Jobs Council when GE has been saying “China, China, China,” and shipping all jobs overseas while closing plants here in the US.

    9. President Obama is now considering and proposing to lower the corporate tax rate to 26%, when corporations are not only at a low-time rate of paying taxes but getting billions in tax subsidies from our government and opening up offices on the 19th floor of one building on the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes altogether.

    10. President Obama spoke in favor of PIPA and SOPA, when the internet is the last vestige of free speech and the availability of free information to the general public.

    11. There were no indictments by President Obama of all the contractor fraud reported on by Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul in a Congressional Report released over a year ago. Whenever the rich and big corporations are caught in fraud, Eric Holder adopts a policy of “looking forward”, instead of holding them accountable.

    12. President Obama agreed to the “grand bargain” (thank, God, Boehner did not accept it) to cut over $2 trillion in spending, including social security, medicare, medicaid, and other social safety-net programs merely in return for hypothetical “revenue increases” of $800 billion relying on “dynamic scoring”.

    13. President Obama has done nothing to level the trade treaties, where corporations are shipping labor to Cambodia (22.5 cents per hour), China, Philippines, etc., where labor is paid 25 cents per hour. This is exporting slavery to other countries. Where is the level playing field for Americans?

    14. President Obama in 2009 only proposed $140 billion in infrastructure spending when Paul Krugman and other economists predicted that $1.5 trillion was needed for our economy to recover. And last year only proposed a paltry $108 billion in infrastructure spending.

    15. President Obama praised the recent JOBS Act, which allows corporations to go public and raise capital without audited financial information in their public presentations for the first five years, allowing them to present fictitious numbers and defraud investors?

    16. President Obama has failed to propose the return of Glass-Steagall, separating commercial and investment banking, which will soon plunge us back into another mega-bailout of Wall Street.

    17. President Obama has failed to propose the break up of the big banks and corporations. What ever happened to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?

    18. President Obama touted a $25 billion robo-signing settlement when a trillion dollars of our pension and retirement funds were stolen.

    19. While campaigning, President Obama promised to put on his walking shoes for labor, but failed to even show up in Wisconsin and walk the picket line against Governor Walker.

    20. President Obama has not declared war on the Supreme Court, as President Roosevelt did, to oppose the corporate/rich posture of Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. Why not take them on?

    21. President Obama has arrested and raided more marijuana users in less than four years than George Bush did in eight years. Why is President Obama proposing cuts to social security, medicare, and medicaid while spending more on marijuana arrests and raids, especially when a majority of Americans are for legalization of pot and for the open sale of marijuana for medical use?

    Time and time again President Obama did not fight the good fight for working Americans, who are losing their jobs, health insurance, homes, dignity, etc.

    I am tired of the lame excuse of how we must vote for Obama because of the Supreme Court. How can anyone believe that Obama would not disappoint progressives on that issue after he failed to undertake a recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position to which she was more entitled to direct than any other American?

    I am done with President Obama.

  • Barefoot Accountant

    For a more complete list, see Hugh’s list at

    1. Reneged on pledge to filibuster FISA Amendments Act (July 2008)
    2. Lobbied for $700 billion Paulson TARP bank bailout
    3. Pushed for no sanctions against Lieberman despite his support for John McCain
    4. Nominated healthcare company lobbyist Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS
    5. Had neoliberal Robert Rubin as his chief economics adviser
    6. Then had the equally neoliberal Larry Summers assume this role
    7. Chose the failing upwards Timothy Geithner to head Treasury
    8. AIG bonuses and money to Goldman under Obama
    9. Doubling down in Afghanistan
    10. Delay and reduction of withdrawal from Iraq
    11. Moving Guantanamo activities to Bagram
    12. Military commissions for some detainees
    13. Support for indefinite detention
    14. Refusal to release torture photos under FOIA
    15. Refusal to investigate and prosecute Bush era criminality
    16. Geithner’s DOA economic rescue programs: the PPIP and TALF
    17. Minimal help for homeowners and no cramdowns
    18. Treatment of Chrysler and GM with bankrupcy compared to bank no fail “stress tests”
    19. Kabuki of TARP repayment by banks while still dependent on government credit lines
    20. Extra-Constitutional use of the Fed by the Executive for fiscal policy
    21. Credit Card bill without usury caps and with 9 month delay for other reforms
    22. Business friendly Mary Schapiro named to head SEC
    23. Gary Gensler who helped deregulate derivatives named to head CFTC
    24. $787 billion stimulus: too little, too late, poorly structured
    25. Use of financial crisis to attack Social Security and Medicare
    26. The great healthcare non-debate
    27. Continued use of state secrets argument in ongoing Bush era cases
    28. Use of signing statements, including one to punish whistleblowers
    29. Vetting process problems, especially tax related ones
    30. Leaving Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head OLC twisting in the wind
    31. Eric Holder, failure to reform DOJ, not removing worst of Bush USAs
    32. Failure to move against new oil bubble
    33. Retention of Bush Defense team: Gates, Patraeus, and Odierno
    34. Continued missile strikes inside Pakistan
    35. Keeping Bush’s domestic spying programs and adding a new one, cybersecurity
    36. Choice of Elena Kagan who favors expansive Presidential powers as Sollicitor General, her subsequent nomination to the Supreme Court
    37. Leaving EFCA (to help counter anti-union companies) to wither in Congress
    38. Welcoming Arlen Specter who brings nothing to the Democrats into the party
    39. Weak ineffective proposals for financial reform
    40. Obama wanted John Brennan at CIA but settled for making him his counter- terrorism adviser
    41. Chas Freeman with broader Mideast perspective done in by AIPAC
    42. Dennis Blair made DNI; failed to act to stop atrocities in East Timor
    43. Choice of McChrystal involved in torture in Iraq to head Afghanistan command
    44. Obama threat to suspend intelligence cooperation with UK over Binyam Mohamed case
    45. Efforts to keep Bush and Obama White House logs secret
    46. Playing games with “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
    47. Filing a brief to overturn Jackson (access to lawyer) in the Montejo case
    48. Not withdrawing Bush brief in Osborne DNA case
    49. Egregious brief in challenge to Defense of Marriage Act
    50. The Supplemental which made Iraq and Afghanistan Democratic wars
    51. Choice of Rahm Emanuel as the President’s Chief of Staff
    52. Choice of Dennis Ross as Iran envoy and then his move to the White House
    53. Politically embarrassing processes to fill Obama and Clinton’s Senate seats
    54. Choice of Bill Richardson, then Judd Gregg to head Commerce Department
    55. Reneging on pledge to re-negotiate NAFTA
    56. Obama’s throwing his pastor Jeremiah Wright to the curb, then reaching out to religious conservative Rick Warren
    57. Continued challenges to habeas corpus petitions over indefinite detention, the Janko case
    58. The Obama White House website
    59. Continuing an ineffective program that Iran can exploit politically
    60. Going slow on climate change when there is no time to
    61. Not withdrawing a Bush-era amicus brief in the Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case and supporting a rollback of Title VII
    62. Appointment of a CIA General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    63. Appointment of a DNI General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    64. CIA delay in a FOIA request concerning torture
    65. The influence of Goldman Sachs in the Obama Administration
    66. Attempt to keep secret the Cheney interview on the Plame affair
    67. Mountaintop removal under Obama
    68. Attempt to restrict Congressional notification on intelligence matters
    69. Opposition to a second stimulus
    70. Another egregious attempt to fight a habeas corpus petition in the Jawad case
    71. Continuing charter schools and standardized tests
    72. Holder’s decision to support a weak, narrow review of torture
    73. Re-appointment of Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman
    74. Continuing renditions
    75. Politically dubious company was used to vet reporters in Afghanistan
    76. Judge vetoes a too weak SEC plea bargain with Bank of America
    77. Justice’s argument for making Bagram a new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case
    78. Defense to turn over databases to poorly controlled fusion centers
    79. Obama changes but keeps Bush’s Star Wars program
    80. Failure to win an Israeli freeze on settlements
    81. White House refuses to back its own staffer environmentalist Van Jones
    82. Politicized US Attorney in the Siegelman case cleared by Office of Special Counsel
    83. Criticism of Iranian nuclear program; support of Israeli nuclear weapons
    84. Support for a weakened reporter’s shield law
    85. Use of the Zazi case to retain broad Patriot Act surveillance provisions
    86. Wilner v. NSA, continuing the coverup of warrantless surveillance of communications between attorneys and detainees
    87. Attempt to spike the Goldstone report on Israeli-Hamas war crimes in Gaza
    88. Slowness in filling federal judgeships
    89. Inadequate aid to overwhelmed state budgets
    90. Attempting to dodge the Supreme Court deciding whether innocent Guantanamo detainees can be resettled in the US
    91. Allowing drilling in the waters off the north coast of Alaska
    92. Keeping detainee accounts of CIA torture secret
    93. Current FBI manual allows for widespread domestic spying
    94. Securitization invalidates most foreclosures
    95. Geithner wanting unlimited powers to save large banks
    96. Another state secrets defense to conceal domestic spying
    97. Circuit Court dismissal of Maher Arar suit
    98. Weakening Sarbanes-Oxley and calling it financial reform
    99. Unemployment
    100. Inspector General for Fannie and Freddie ousted for investigating fraud
    101. Gaming courts to convict Guantanamo detainees
    102. White House counsel removed for his principled stands on torture and Guantanamo
    103. US seizes mosques claiming Iranian connection
    104. Howard Dean removed as head of the DNC
    105. Scientist with close ties to Monsanto put in charge of all governmental agricultural research
    106. Pesticide lobbyist nominated as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for trade
    107. Effort to let some government contractors avoid paying taxes
    108. A bad US Attorney nomination for Northern Iowa
    109. Hunger in America
    110. The breast cancer recommendations fiasco
    111. Ongoing confusion and disorganization in the military commissions process
    112. Phillip Carter another official in closing Guantanamo resigns
    113. Refusal to sign anti-land mine treaty
    114. The Ghizzawi case and the legal limbo of “cleared for release”
    115. Black prisons at Balad and Bagram
    116. Delay in declassifying historic documents
    117. Max Baucus’ conflicts of interest in healthcare and with his girlfriend
    118. Major security breach at a White House party and a ridiculous assertion of “executive privilege”
    119. Dana “Pig Missile” Perino nominated to the Broadcasting Board of Governors
    120. Cass Sunstein, an anti-regulator in a regulatory position
    121. Warrantless for profit electronic surveillance by telecoms and search engines
    122. The government sides with torture lawyer John Yoo and attacks Bevins actions again
    123. The TSA publishes its security manual online
    124. Toxic legal arguments in al Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, yet another Bevins action
    125. The Nobel Peace Prize and a neocon acceptance speech
    126. Blackwater’s involvement in military and CIA assassination and drone programs
    127. Congressional Research Service censorship in the firing of Morris Davis
    128. AIG writes off $25 billion in debt and sticks taxpayers with the bill
    129. The Administration plays hardball to kill an amendment that would lower drug costs
    130. A poorly considered blank check to Fannie and Freddie
    131. Continuing a Bush botch in the Nisoor Square massacre case
    132. Jonathan Gruber, a major defender of Obamacare was also a paid consultant for it
    133. A Geithner related cover up of the AIG at par payments on swaps
    134. Adoption of stealth signing statements
    135. al Bihani, more bad legal reasoning in another Guantanamo habeas case
    136. Cutting Medicare and Social Security by deficit commission proposed
    137. A 3 year non-freeze budget freeze proposed
    138. NASA flights privatized
    139. OPR report on Yoo and Bybee watered down and its relation to the Padilla case
    140. Government targeting of US citizens for assassination
    141. Abuse of informants by ICE agents
    142. Obama leaves Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board empty
    143. Obama backs firing of teachers in Rhode Island
    144. Irish human rights advocate Edward Horgan has US visa pulled
    145. Threatened veto of 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act over Congressional notifications
    146. Obama Administration intimidation of whistleblowing site: wikileaks
    147. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to ignore science on endangered species
    148. Senate vacation more important than jobless benefits
    149. Government seeks to compel turnover of emails without a warrant
    150. Obama goes after an NSA whistleblower: the Thomas Drake case
    151. Obama goes after a CIA whistleblower: the James Risen case
    152. Weakening Miranda rights in national security cases
    153. Advocating the privatizing of public housing
    154. Another step in making Bagram the new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case, the appeals court edition
    155. Massey mining disaster, 29 die because of corporate greed and poor regulation
    156. Obama proposal for a line item veto
    157. A military commander allowed to use military forces for intelligence operations without Presidential approval
    158. Political pandering in sending 1200 National Guardsmen to the Southwest border
    159. A sad record on resisting Guantanamo habeas petitions
    160. Israel attacks an aid convoy for Gaza; Obama punts
    161. A further erosion of Miranda: Berghius v. Thompkins
    162. Naming James Clapper, a Bush appointee, to be the next DNI
    163. DOJ seeks to protect Vatican in sex abuse scandal
    164. Yahya Wehelie, an American exiled without charge
    165. Failure to replace National Labor Relations Board members means hundreds of decisions must be reviewed
    166. SCOTUS opts for overly broad definition of material support to terrorist groups
    167. Speaker Pelosi backstabs Social Security
    168. Complaints by government scientists of political interference at Bush era levels
    169. Flip flop on free trade agreement with Colombia
    170. SEC declares major victory but lets Goldman off easy
    171. Private contracting of intelligence continues under Obama
    172. Two Guantanamo prisoners to be deported back to Algeria against their will
    173. The Shirley Sherrod affair: trumped up charges of racism and a bungled response 174. Whitewash report on Bush era US Attorney firings
    175. Despite its record, Blackwater still gets big US government contracts
    176. Wikileaks releases government files showing Pakistan involvement with Taliban and admission that things are going poorly in Afghanistan
    177. Obama seeks to get access to everyone’s web histories without a court order
    178. Teacher funding sacrificed to keep Education Secretary Arne Duncan happy
    179. State’s top Iran hand resigns over Obama’s Iran policy
    180. Citizens United: validation of unlimited corporate political funding
    181. Push to expand US arms sales around the world
    182. Project Vigilant, Infragard and “volunteer” corporate spying for the government
    183. Obama’s approval hits Bush levels in Arab world
    184. Effort to pre-empt state environmental lawsuits involving green house gases
    185. Justice’s Anti-trust division asleep at the wheel
    186. Kagan’s recusals render her even more ineffective on the Supreme Court
    187. Poverty level highest since 1994
    188. Courts run interference for corporate violators of international law
    189. Warren named to set up but not to run Consumer Financial Protection Board
    190. Chief economic adviser Larry Summers leaves; Obama looks for someone even more pro-business to replace him
    191. DOJ IG report goes soft on Bush era surveillance against peace groups and other activists; meanwhile the Obama Administration conducts raids against similar groups
    192. Move to put backdoors in the internet to facilitate spying and more requirements on banks on international money transfers of any size
    193. HHS Secretary Sebelius delays for at least two years required insurance coverage for contraception
    194. Americans on Medicaid increased to 48.5 million in 2009
    195. Big home lenders suspend foreclosures as their documentation gets challenged in court
    196. HR 3808, a bill passed by Congress, to facilitate the acceptance of false documentation by banks in foreclosure proceedings
    197. ICE raids and deportations increase under Obama
    198. Social Security COLA frozen for second straight year; no action taken
    199. Waivers for military aid to countries with child soldiers
    200. Big and deserved losses in the 2010 elections
    201. 42 million Americans on food stamps at the end of FY 2010
    202. No indictments for those involved in the CIA destruction of the torture tapes
    203. The Bowles-Simpson Cat Food Commission proposals
    204. $3 billion in aid for Israel for a 90 day settlement freeze
    205. No change in Democratic Congressional leadership after 2010 election disaster
    206. Forced proselytizing still prevalent at US Air Force Academy
    207. TSA harassment and violation of the 4th Amendment
    208. More TSA idiocy: full body scans and invasive pat downs
    209. The response to the 2009 coup in Honduras
    210. Use of diplomatic personnel to spy at the UN
    211. Fed proposes rule change to Truth in Lending Act to protect bank fraud
    212. FCC head Genachowski takes an axe to net neutrality
    213. Lieberman and seek to censor wikileaks
    214. Pressuring the Spanish government into dropping torture prosecutions against 6 high level Bush officials
    215. Neoliberal free trade deal with South Korea at a time of high unemployment
    216. Hamfisted banning access to wikileaks by government departments
    217. Massive screwup in printing $100 bills
    218. Extending tax cuts for the rich in a poor compromise on jobless benefits
    219. Dancing boys of Afghanistan paid for by US contractor Dyncorp
    220. EPA backtracks on smog standards
    221. Former OMB director Peter Orszag goes to Citigroup
    222. Obama breaks the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to supply Israel with nuclear fuel
    223. DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants done in by Senate Democrats
    224. DOJ drops investigations of corrupt members of Congress
    225. The FBI’s Guardian database, another useless, intrusive surveillance program
    226. Pentagon weakens rules on contractor conflicts of interest
    227. Investigation by state Attorney Generals into foreclosuregate: no criminal charges
    228. Obama names Mr. NAFTA Bill Daley as his new Chief of Staff
    229. Obama names neoliberal free trader Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers
    230. Executive Order to make regulations more business-friendly
    231. Gulet Mohamed: Detention and torture of US citizens by proxy
    232. Nelson v. NASA: government can demand intrusive, unnecessary information about its employees
    233. Choice of GE’s outsourcing CEO Jeffrey Immelt as Obama’s Jobs Czar
    234. Failure to weaken or eliminate the filibuster
    235. Corporate targeting of Wikileaks and liberal organizations
    236. Reaction to the popular revolution in Egypt
    237. HHS Secretary Sebelius helps states cut Medicaid rolls and funding
    238. Petraeus accuses parents not US attacks for burns to children in Afghanistan
    239. US general in Afghanistan sets up illegal propaganda program targeting Americans
    240. Obama plans to devastate small block grants program for the poor
    241. Silence on the Wisconsin labor protests
    242. Former Senator Christopher Dodd quickly becomes lobbyist after promising not to
    243. Obama reinstitutes sham review tribunals at Guantanamo
    244. DOJ colludes with Bush era official Scott Bloch to keep him out of jail
    245. The treatment of Bradley Manning
    246. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley forced to resign over Manning comments
    247. Massive conflicts of interest in David Stevens at HUD and soon to be head of main lobbying group for the mortgage industry
    248. Mild reaction to bloody anti-democratic repression in Bahrain and Yemen
    249. Torture psychologist appointed to White House task force
    250. FBI program which allows them to investigate anyone doesn’t work (surprise)
    251. In his Libya war, Obama has completed the unconstitutional process of Presidents’ usurpation of Congress’ power to make war
    252. Obama accepts award for transparency in secret
    253. Democrats create PACs to receive unlimited contributions from anonymous donors 254. 2011 government shutdown threat as Shock Doctrine
    254. The 2011 “great” biprtisan budget deal
    255. The OCC deal to cover for banks in foreclosuregate
    256. Reshuffling neocons at DOD and the CIA
    257. Leak of Detainee Assessments shines light on the weakness of cases against many Guantanamo inmates
    258. Geithner shields foreign exchange derivatives from Dodd-Frank regulation
    259. Crazy new application for some US passports
    260. DOJ wants SCOTUS to allow for GPS tracking without a warrant
    261. An industry stacked panel to study fracking
    262. SCOTUS attacks small claim class actions
    263. SCOTUS okays fraud in financial presentations
    264. SCOTUS attacks large class actions and Title VII
    265. DOJ’s non-investigation of torture produces few results
    266. Department of State threatens participants of Gaza flotilla with terrorism charges
    267. Detainees now held on ships to avoid judicial scrutiny
    268. CIA operating a black site prison in Somalia
    269. SCOTUS and DC Appeals Court torpedoing detainee habeas petitions
    270. SCOTUS greatly expands warrantless searches; Obama DOJ approves
    271. Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the 2011 spike in gasoline prices
    272. Christine Varney, head of DOJ Anti-Trust Division, goes to law firm that had case before her
    273. Senseless 2011 debt ceiling crisis, budget cutting, and attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
    274. TSA closes US airspace to Mexican human rights activist
    275. DHS guts its unit monitoring right wing terrorism in US
    276. “Recovery” benefited corporations, not workers
    277. Harassment of a government scientist Charles Monett because his work clashes with drilling in the Arctic
    278. African Americans and Hispanic wealth took hardest hit from financial crises
    279. Cass Sunstein sitting on labor rules to protect child workers
    280. Oil leasing in Gulf resumes
    281. Administration pressures NY AG Schneiderman to go along with bogus mortgage settlement
    282. DOJ dumps responsibility for its bungled gun running sting on handy US Attorney
    283. US ranks 41st in the world in infant mortality
    284. White House engages in selective prosecution of Dan Choi over DADT protest
    285. COBRA extension ditched
    286. Obama spikes EPA ozone limits
    287. 2011 Obama fictional jobs plan
    288. Contractors cost twice as much as unionized federal workers doing the same work
    289. New EPA greenhouse gas limits also being drawn out
    290. CFTC proposes ineffectual limits on commodity speculation
    291. State Department targets career officer Peter Van Buren for writing critical book
    292. Secret Law and the OLC legal justification for killing a US citizen abroad
    293. US incomes fall more after recession than during it
    294. Another Afghanistan fail: torture rampant in Afghan prisons
    295. Bank of America dumps derivative exposure on to the FDIC with Fed approval
    296. New rule to legitimize government lying in response to FOIA requests
    297. Cronyism and the Keystone XL pipeline
    298. Despite pledge, Obama still taking money from lobbyists
    299. Secure Communities and deportation as a business
    300. The Occupy movement and the attacks upon it
    301. DOJ prosecuting financial fraud at the lowest rate in 20 years
    302. US stops funding of UNESCO
    303. 42% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck
    304. The Post Office facing cuts because of unnecessary prefunding mandates

  • Brandon

    NO. 49: ChykolateDrop, I’m black and unlike you I don’t feel the need to be a complete idiot, walking [email protected] stereotype, or rac_ist caricture of a black person. GTFO troll.

  • jj

    Any lgbt person who votes romney or not at all is an idiot! Obamas trying his best to support us and at the same time be re-elected and you bitter old queens need to just sit the fuck down.

  • ChykolateDrop

    @Brandon: Yes, I know your ass is black, whoop-dee-phucking-doo. I’ve read some of your other comments on this site and you are also a stupid phucking bitch. Call me [email protected] st all you want, but it seems to me that its ALWAYS your sambo ass stressing so hard over Obama’s race. I’m pretty sho he has dealt with it, why the Phuck can’t you. This is soo off topic but what dummy doesn’t know this man has a white mother. Anyway none of that has anything to do with this article and you are still a dumb phuck
    [email protected]MikeSF: Ha! If that ain’t the pot talking smack about the kettle. You and that “Brandon” creature really need to find a new topic. I don’t care if he was half green, why does his race matter so much to you two? He has done more for the LGBT community that any other sitting POTUS, but you can call me what the hell you want as long as you call me an Obama Supporter.

  • ChykolateDrop

    @jj: Right on man, right on.

  • Adam

    Some of you have swallowed the Obama kool aid.

    Why isn’t DOMA abolished? Why don’t we have same gender marriage protected at a federal level? Why is Obama all for saying how states have the right to decide same gender marriage? Why did the Obama administration edit out the non-discrimination clause in DADT that would have made it so bisexuals, lesbians, and gays can’t serve openly in the military? Yet Trans people still can’t serve openly?

  • Misty

    Why are some gays still bitching about what Obama hasn’t done. Obama has delivered on most, if not all, of what he promised in 2008 on gay rights. And yes it took pressure. That’s what it’s suppose to take. FDR and lincoln didn’t do the things they did without the political pressure from the left. And is some of the action political? DUH! he’s a politician, that’s what he does. But in terms of legislative policy, he’s been pretty consistent and so some of you trolls need to stop bitching. It ain’t kool aid to tell the truth. It can’t be gay rights then why you guys are so pissed.

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