June 29, 2009
President Barack Obama, under fire from the gay-rights community over slow action on its priorities, promised to deliver by the time he leaves office.Well, that's some kind of timetable, huh? Is that contingent on whether or not he wins in 2012? Only Barack knows for sure. I seem to remember a phrase that some wingnut came up with about Obama's promises and expiration dates, though...
The president gave no new details about how he would advance these issues, but he made passionate remarks saluting the pioneers of the gay-rights movement and expressed solidarity with those working for equal rights.No new details, huh? But, yeah, you can trust him. For reals.
"Welcome to your White House," the president said at a reception Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern gay-rights movement. His remarks were greeted warmly by a cheering crowd of some 250 gay and lesbian activists and supporters.Yeah. I hope you'll remember those cheers when I post this video again.
"It's not for me to tell you to be patient," he said, comparing the gay activists' struggle to that of African-Americans in the civil rights movement. "I expect and hope to be judged not by words...but by the promises that my administration keeps."
He added that by the time his presidency is over, "I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration."
He thinks so. Well, isn't that reassuring?
Look, I'm not expecting the GOP to pick up a large portion of the gay vote anytime in the near future, but how long do the Democrats figure they can keep pandering to minority voting blocs like this without delivering on their promises?
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