I am fierce advocate for equality for gay and — well, let me start by talking about my own views. I think it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something I have been consistent on and something I intend to continue to be consistent on during my presidency.
What I’ve also said is that it is important for America to come together even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues.
And I would note that a couple of years ago I was invited to Rick Warren’s church to speak, despite his awareness that I held views entirely contrary to his when it came to gay and lesbian rights, when it came to issues like abortion.
Nevertheless, I had an opportunity to speak, and that dialogue, I think, is a part of what my campaign’s been all about, that we’re never going to agree on every single issue. What we have to do is create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans. So Rick Warren has been invited to speak, Dr. Joseph Lowery — who has deeply contrasting views to Rick Warren about a whole host of issues — is also speaking.
You would think that folks would be ecstatic that they have a President-elect who, for the first time I can remember, is publicly, openly, and repeatedly stating that he supports equal rights for gays and lesbians and that the Christian right is wrong about these issues, but I guess screaming about a slap-in-the-face gets more page views. Let the wanking continue in earnest.
Oh, and btw, since most people will probably miss it in die Sturm und Drang of the Warren speaking role, but during that presser, Obama signaled that some change is coming to the SEC:
Obama named Mary Schapiro, current head of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, to serve as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He appointed former Treasury official Gary Gensler to chair the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Georgetown law professor Dan Tarullo to serve as a governor on the Federal Reserve Board.
Obama blamed regulatory agencies and Congressional committees who failed to head off or minimize the current financial crisis, and pointed to the track records of his newest appointees as signs of the crackdown to come.
In response to questions from reporters, he also broadened his message to apply to a range of social institutions – and to individuals across the board.
“I think the American people right now are feeling frustrated. There’s not a lot of adult supervision out there, whether it’s in the political world or the financial world,” Obama said.
He called for “a restoration of a sense of responsibility, that all of us have responsibilities to operate honorably,” and the notions of “advocating not just for ourselves, but what’s good for the country . . . .operating not just out of greed, but operating out of a sense for the common good.”
Any thoughts about his picks today?