My three words were simple – Don’t hate Obama – and if I would have had a chance to elaborate, I would have said, ‘This is a guy who isn’t going to do things exactly the way you want him to do, but know that his heart is in the right place. He has his priorities, they’re in line with our priorities and he’s going to do them at his pace. That at the end of this four-year period, and ideally an additional four years, I don’t think the gay community will be disappointed with the progress that we made under this president. I think it’s very important that we keep pressure on the president, the White House, and the administration, and on elected officials across the spectrum but to understand that President Obama is an incredibly important and a good friend to the gay community in this country. He’s not our enemy, we shouldn’t treat him as if he were – we should keep our on eyes on who our real enemies are. […] I’ve made it very clear that I believe the approach the president has taken to secure passage of DADT is the right strategy. I’m at odds with many in the gay community about that, but if we don’t have the support of military leadership for repeal of DADT, members of Congress in the Senate will use that as an excuse to oppose it and we will never have the votes in the House and the Senate to pass repeal if we don’t have the military leadership. I don’t like the game playing that’s going on, but I want to see it passed. I don’t just want to see a vote scheduled, I want to see it passed.
—Steve Hildebrand, President Obama’s presidential campaign deputy manager, elaborating on his three-word introduction (“Don’t hate Obama”) at Netroots Nation in Las Vegas [via]