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Rea Carey’s Reward For Going Easy On Obama? Movie + Popcorn Date With the President

Barack Obama added another FAIL bedpost notch when instead of lobbying his millions of supporters to help keep Maine’s gay marriage law alive, he was asking everyone to support New Jersey’s (since un-elected) Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign. But two days later, who was he inviting over for a movie date? Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and her partner Margaret Conway. Maybe this is a Gay Inc. leader’s reward for not once lobbying your own supporters to try to get the White House involved in Maine’s marriage battle, and not even mentioning the president’s name in your day-after-the-loss press release about how gay Mainers could’ve benefited from an Obama assist.

We’d like to believe Carey took a minute — maybe during the previews? — to consult Obama during their November 5 movie date on why his voice is so needed in battles like Maine, where Obama, we’re imagining, then pointed to his prior stance that he does not even support gay marriage, though he does support a state’s right to decide the matter. But we’re forced to only go on our imagination and belief that Carey actually completes some of her job duties, because whenever Gay Inc. leaders go to the White House, they consistently fail to report back to supporters what was accomplished.

Besides filling up on Junior Mints.

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  • AndrewW

    Rea Carey, the NGLTF and the rest of Gay Inc. have NO incentive to make actual progress. Their incentive is to continue the “struggle” so they can continue to receive their salaries and expense accounts.

    Gay Inc. does NOT have a strategy to achieve our full equality, but they have dozens of fund-raising strategies.

  • Fitz

    There is a huge disconnect between the politically affiliated gays and the rest of us on the street. I have nothing in common with this woman, or NCLR, or HRC. They are meaningless in my struggle to protect my partner as we age.

  • ChicagoJimmy

    Obama is a reincarnation of a 1950’s Republican. He only seems liberal compared to how far the current Republicans have moved to the right. I’m really thinking that we’re all gonna be sitting around after his eight years in office wondering how such a great communicator didn’t get anything meaningful done, and how he just further empowered corporations to run, I mean ruin, this country. You know, like Bill Clinton and his deregulation of Wall Street, welfare reform, and DADT compromise.

  • the crustybastard

    Placing NGLTF on top of HRC in the “dead to me” stack.

  • Win Back Maine

    Please tell me a single time in the last century when a US President of either party got directly involved in a state ballot initiative?

    That is simply not part of their job description, and with all the problems our nation is going throgh, I’m glad it’s not.

    Some gay slack-tivists are making up expectations of what a president is supposed to do with their time. Why didn’t they hold the equality march in Maine and not in DC? Maybe because there are not as many cool bars to hang out in in Maine and knocking on doors is, like, so boring, right?

  • alan brickman

    the more we struggle..the more they collect in inflated salaries…get it???..

  • AndrewW

    @alan brickman: So WHAT do we do Alan? What’s the solution? How do we switch from struggling to actually winning?

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