I’m still sick as a dog, hacking shit up and feeling miserable, but I have to get this off my chest.
Could someone please tell Andrew Sullivan and the rest of the crowd that the last President, a fellow named Bush, dedicated his administration to openly persecuting homosexuals through the FMA and through ballot initiatives in tight races in 2004 all while his Justice department refused to hire and even fired gays and lesbians or anyone who had any ties to organizations that might associate with gays and lesbians.
The President before him, a Democrat by the name of Clinton, passed DADT and signed DOMA.
Now, you have a President who not only campaigned on and has stated repeatedly that he will work to end DADT, DOMA, and any number of other issues important the cause, but who went to the HRC, proudly took the podium, and advocated his support for their cause in front of the entire nation.
And the result? He’s getting shit on for not doing things fast enough. It is almost like they think the speech to the HRC was a policy meeting that was supposed to unleash the new steps the administration is taking to achieve these goals. It wasn’t. This was a speech to the HRC, but this was also a speech to the entire country. Yes, you have every right to be pissed at the current state of affairs, because I sure would be pissed at being treated as a second class citizen if I were gay, and yes, if I had my way these things would already have been taken care of, and yes, you may have heard parts of his speech a year ago.
Big difference though. Then, it was Candidate Obama. Now, it is President Obama. And while you may be too shortsighted to recognize it right now, it was a pretty damned big deal what happened last night. So some perspective would be nice.