Once Again Hillary Leads on Gay Rights, Obama Follows Behind
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.
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.