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Once Again Hillary Leads on Gay Rights, Obama Follows Behind

October 22, 2010

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Obama finally joined the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign but it seems like when it comes to anything having to do with gay rights, he is always following behind Hillary, who just seems to be aware of these issues and always speaks out in a timely, genuine manner. Then days later, after Hillary has received well-deserved props for speaking out, Obama does the same thing although it seems more scripted, less genuine. That’s my view, anyway. I know it sounds hyper-critical, but I just really question Obama’s commitment to gay rights.

So, now Obama has made a video. Again, I am glad he’s joined the campaign because that’s important, but I guess I just can’t shake my suspicion that he’s a very reluctant advocate of gay rights:

Barack Obama has released a video to draw attention to the pressures facing gay teenagers, lending his weight to a campaign that has attracted more than 2,000 video contributions and 10m views on YouTube.

The campaign, prompted by a spate of gay American teenagers killing themselves in recent weeks, received the backing of the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, on Tuesday, when she posted her own two-minute video.

In his video posting, the president draws parallels with his own upbringing.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong,” he says. “It’s tough.

[snip]

The release of the video comes at a sensitive time for the administration as it challenges a Californian judge’s decision to put a halt to the US military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gay servicemen and women. A government appeal of that decision was granted by a court this week, and the policy effectively remains in place.

However with midterm elections two weeks away, and the Democrats facing significant losses, the administration needs to appease its liberal base and defuse anger over what some see as a betrayal of an election pledge to remove the restriction.[emphasis added]

So, he’s doing this to “appease its liberal base and defuse anger…”? If that’s true than it’s pathetic. I don’t get the sense that Hillary made the video or wore purple on Spirit Day to “appease” anybody. Anyone who listens to her video about bullying can tell that she is speaking from the heart. I’m not really sure what Obama is speaking from.

You can see the video at the link.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:32 am

    So true. There is something so insincere about Obama. He’s just doing to make up for the fact that he has totally thrown gay people under the bus on DADT. They have been furiously fighting the court decisions striking it down. People reinlisted the other day when it was struck down by the courts then Obama went to the appeals court and yesterday DADT was law again. This is not how someone acts who supports the repeal of the law.

  2. HillaryFan permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:48 am

    Yeah, it seems strange after hundreds of people have become involved and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, only now does Obama throw his hat in the ring. He seems to follow Hillary on these things. There was nothing cynical about her video it was very heartfelt.
    Some people with CDS criticized her since it was during Bill’s term that DADT and DOMA became law, but some people just can’t see past the name Clinton.

    I agree with STacy, its good he finally did this but I think it was political on his part and I don’t really respect that. But if it keeps just one kid from killing him or herself, it’s a good thing.

  3. ProudAmerican permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:02 am

    Hey Stacey why don’t you change the name of this blog to the Gay Clinton Blog or something like that? No one cares about this nonsense. It’s not the governments responsibility to prevent messed up teens from jumping off bridges.

    • October 22, 2010 9:13 am

      One of the perks of having a blog is that I can decide what I want to post and what I don’t want to post. If people don’t like the content they are free to go hang out somewhere else. And I would encourage you to do just that, since blocking you doesn’t seem to be working. You are just an angry, unhappy person who is trying to make others feel as angry and unhappy as you do. It’s not working.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      October 22, 2010 5:11 pm

      You’re right, it’s not the government’s responsibility to prevent suicide — it takes a village of concerned, decent, humane citizens to do something about it, each in his or her own way, in his or het own community, to the best of our ability. What the federal government IS charged to defend its citizens against are violence and intimidation committed (probably not unlike you) solely because of a person’s sexual orientation.

  4. rachel permalink
    October 22, 2010 9:27 am

    He always follows behind Hillary in these things, and of course he has to add the im not gay in there.

  5. October 22, 2010 9:37 am

    I will watch Obama’s video tonight after work (and after early voting!). I watched Hillary’s last night and was impressed. Her words were clearly heartfelt. Suicide is a tragedy that takes far more lives in this country than terrorism has.

  6. Pilgrim permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:43 am

    He feels very un-real, inauthentic, sham.

    He copies off Hillary’s paper, regularly.

    I watched it. All I could think was, Your words don’t comport with your actions, buddy-boy.

    By their deeds shall we know them, not their words.

    And at the very end of his little speech, his face betrayed the mind of a man thinking There, that’s done, had to be done, distasteful, but I did that, it’s done.

    Phooey.

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