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Dear Mr. President: Please Grow a Pair

Not a single word from the President yet on Cali’s recent decision to ban Gay Marriage. Oh, except this courageous, articulate gem:

Bravo! What a leader we have in the White House!

Unfortunately, some LGBT advocates don’t think so. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center CEO, Lorri L. Jean, has some choice words for the President in her open letter to him.

Welcome to California, Mr. President. I welcome you with a heavy heart because of the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Prop. 8, relegating same-sex couples to second class status and denying us that most noble promise of America, “liberty and justice for all.”

You are arriving in Los Angeles on the heels of emotional demonstrations throughout California and our nation and your silence at such a time speaks volumes. LGBT people and our allies have the “audacity to hope” for a country that treats us fairly and equally and for a President with the will to stand up for those ideals. From you we expect nothing less.

I don’t know WHY Lorri expects anything from him. After all, she pointed it out herself:

You pledged to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Mr. President. You promised to support a “complete repeal” of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and pledged to advocate for legislation that would give same-sex couples the 1,100+ federal rights and benefits we are denied, including the same rights to social security benefits. You said, “federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples.”

What of those promises, Mr. President?

Your commitment to repeal DOMA has been removed from the White House website. Your promise to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” was removed and then replaced with a watered-down version. And in the aftermath of yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling, you have remained silent while your press secretary summarily dismisses questions about the issue.

But I suppose that is a moot point. What’s done is done and my guess is that Lori’s letter will fall on deaf ears, as will this one with a request for the President to grow some b*lls.

The point, as Egalia from TGW says, is this:

And so it begins. The honeymoon is over. President Barack Obama, aka Fierce Advocate, will face angry gay protesters tonight as he drops in to raise a little money from Beverly Hills in the bankrupt state of Proposition 8.

And Lt. Dan Choi — the Arabic linguist who is being fired from the military for the crime of being gay — will be there.

Is the honeymoon over? Dunno. I can all ready hear the screams of some Obots. “Quit Your Bitchin’! It’s not like Hillary would have been any better!”

This weekend it was announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soon grant gay American diplomats equal benefits to those that heterosexuals enjoy.In a notice sent to State Department employees, Clinton says regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families the same rights and privileges that straight diplomats enjoyed are “unfair and must end,” as they harm U.S. diplomacy.

“Providing training, medical care and other benefits to domestic partners promote the cohesiveness, safety and effectiveness of our posts abroad,” she says in the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.

“It will also help the department attract and retain personnel in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits and allowances are increasingly the norm for world-class employers,” she says.

“At bottom, the department will provide these benefits for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners because it is the right thing to do,” Clinton says.

Among the benefits that will now be granted gay diplomats: the right of domestic partners to hold diplomatic passports, government-paid travel for their partners and families to and from foreign posts, and the use of U.S. medical facilities abroad.

In addition, gay diplomats’ families will now be eligible for U.S. government emergency evacuations and training courses at the Foreign Service Institute, the message says.

(from All Things Hillary)

They are so right. We ARE complaining too much.

48 Responses

  1. They get to dance with the man they brung. It isn’t our fault if he steps all over their feet. We tried to warn them.

  2. grow a pair …or ask for them back.

  3. My very close friend, a gay porn star, is in the hospital right now for a colon infection. He voted for Hillary in the primary but refused to vote for Bam in the general and voted for McCain instead, bc he knew this would happen.

    • I (not a star, just a garden-variety Lesbian) voted for Hillary in the primary and refused to vote for Bam in the general and voted for McCain instead, bc, among other reasons, I knew this would happen.

      • I, not a porn star, nor a garden variety lesbian, but an old dyke voted for Hillary in the primary and refused to vote for Teh One in the general and voted for McCain instead because I knew this would happen and because he is a lying, cheating manipulative evil sack of shit.

        • I, not a porn star, not a garden variety lesbian nor an old dyke, but a 48 yr old gay man voted for Hillary in the primary and refused to vote for the teleprompter-jesus in the general and voted for McCain instead because I knew this would happen and the President Platitude Bus would and will run over anyone to get to the finish line.

        • I am not a porn star, but I coulda been a contender.

          I voted for Hillary

        • Okay, not really on the contender thing, but I did vote for Hillary.

      • I, a tea garden variety asexual bourgeois anarchist spinster Aunt, voted for Hillary in the Primary, and I refused to vote for the Televangelist Grifters at Obama, Inc, and voted against that enterprise, for McPalin, because the Cheezer BeatOff-Boiz hated on the Women so much…

        • I, not a porn star, not a garden variety lesbian nor an old dyke, not a 48 yr old gay man but an urban, single mom, voted for Hillary in the primary and refused to vote for the teleprompter-jesus, the Televangelist Grifters at Obama, Inc, in the general and voted for McPalin instead because I knew this would happen and because I believe in integrity and saying what you mean and doing what you say, and because the Cheezer BeatOff-Boiz hated on the Women so much…and for many, many more reasons.

        • 2008…it was the worst year of my life.

      • Ditto.

      • I (not a star, an ordinary straight male) voted for Hillary in the primary, refused to vote for Obama in the general, and voted for McCain because it was totally obvious that O couldn’t be trusted at all.

    • Absolutely the best nested sub-thread I’ve ever read!

  4. I’m gonna have to do a post on the implications of the “Hillary would have done the same” meme.

    If HRC and BHO would both have done the same things, what was the point of last year’s witch hunt?

    • Do that post MYIQ. It needs to be done.
      (I know you liked my satire in that last sentence)

    • How about a Obama would have done the same compare and contrast, such as… oh, how about march in a Pride Parade in NYC… ???

    • That was my favorite meme after Obama’s coronation. “obama and Hillary are so similar!!!!” really, then was the abject hysteria about Satan and Lady Macbeth not based in rational accessments of policy?

      Obama couldn’t even take a stand against the superpowerful daughters of the confederacy garden club, he couldn’t even commit to a dog.

    • That whole Hillary would have done the same meme is such bullshit.

  5. What will it take for the O’bots to acknowledge that they were “Hoodwinked, Bamboozled, Led Astray?”

    I am beyond the “I told you so’s.” Now i am at the point where i could care less what happens to the fools that allowed themselves to be led by the nose. I realize that I should care, but i have no feelings what so ever for their troubles anymore.

    My goodness…..Is this what it feels like to be numb?

    • Don’t give up RedDragon! I need you to help alert the world of his uselessness! Besides, I like to constantly point out that I was right about him. Smugly.

      • LOL…I wont give up Lil one. Just miffed at what it would take for these zombies to open their eyes!

  6. Very nice, Isis. Looks like HRC is overachieving all over the place. Did you hear the anon source saying that the O Admin is telling Hill that she doesn’t have the power to extend benefits to same-sex partners?

    • UGH! I KNOW! It enrages me! F*CK THEM! He just can’t stand it that she one ups him over and over again without even trying and he has to deny benefits to same sex couples to massage his own pathetic ego! The Mother F*cker! Screw him!

      *grinds teeth*

      Okay, tantrum over.

    • He is scum. Honestly.

    • That just takes the cake. He is so low the bar is over a hole in the ground.

      Do you have a source/link for this? I’m going to a NCLR dinner in San Francisco Saturday night, and this would make interesting table talk…..

  7. hey littleisis for the to ask the golden child to grow a pair really is to much to ask for.. the chosen one is just a whuss nothing more

  8. remember this song. Should be played over and over again every day he is in office.

    Why is anyone shocked at his lack of action for any part of the American people. Gay – Straight – black – white – asian – American Indian. He is just not in to you.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  9. I saw Hillary greeting the journalist freed from Iran. I know in my bones that Hillary is responsible for that.
    A man looks at that woman’s incarceration and says, “that’s deplorable”. Hillary looks at it and says ” that’s deplorable, that could be Chelsea, let’s do something about it now.”
    Now that’s a broad brush-all male Conflucians are exceptions -but what grabs your attention really matters.

    • Hillary was all over it. I love that woman. She is on the people’s side, over and over. I don’t think B0 even knows what that means.

  10. This song reminds me of Obama

    “It don’t mean nothing, the words that they say”

  11. and all my estranged obot friends can only screech about the republicans.
    all they will say is the republicans are horrible. it is so strange to see friends behave in such a cultish manner. i question own perceptions constantly now.
    I was at lunch today and two guys were talking about how hard it must be for obama to give a speech everyday. I KID YOU NOT. “Wow, he’s got so much finesses. The strength it must take…”
    I couldn’t take it and piped in with, “he doesn’t have to give a speech everyday. he chooses to as part of his never ending PR campaign. He does it to distract you from what is really going on.”
    god, i keep jabbing people in the face with this stuff but their ignorance and adoration is just too much.

  12. As Gibbs said yesterday when asked about CA SC and Prop 8:

    ” the president has made it clear where he stands.”

    He has said this many times:

    “Although Barack Obama has said that he supports civil unions, he is against gay marriage. In an interview with the Chicago Daily Tribune, Obama said, “I’m a Christian. And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”

    I am not saying he is right but he just is not going to change his mind.

  13. BTW, great post littleisis.

  14. Hey LI!

    I thought the exact same thing when I read about Hillary’s decision regarding gays at State compared to Barack’s silence on the gay issue.

    I am sooooooo glad she is in a place where she can make a difference.

  15. I could not bring myself to vote for any member of the party of the Chimperor and Darth Cheney, so I voted for Cynthia McKinney.

    Since I’m a paleface and I didn’t vote for Brand Obama, I must be a r@ci$t. I guess I must be the world’s most stupid r@ci$t then, because I voted for a different African-American. :mrgreen:

  16. Why these idjits think the guy whose voice was used in the robo-calls for Prop 8, and didn’t lift a finger to stop it then, would do anything now, I have no eff-ing idea. Delusional.

  17. Here’s a good column about it in the Boston Globe, criticizing Obama for citing Sotomayor’s nomination as equal justic while staying silent on gay rights:

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/05/28/wheres_the_equal_justice_for_gays/

  18. Little Isis — Just to let you know … Your original blog post links to the blog “All Things Hillary”. That blog is run by an Obot who hates PUMAs. I just think you should be aware of who you are linking to on the front page. Otherwise, good post, interesting comments.

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