Friday, October 9, 2009

MUST SEE VIDEO: AC360 Questions Obama's Progress on LGBT Rights and Interviews Cleve Jones

From CNN's AC360:

With Obama speaking at HRC's fund raising dinner on the Eve of the National Equality March (and some say avoiding the march), a pro-LGBT picket forming outside the black tie dinner to demonstrate against Obama's inaction, and openly gay Rep. Barney Frank qualifying the march as "useless" - any way you look at it, the march is getting coverage, which puts the pressure back on Obama and Congress.

Or is it?

One sign that will indicate either way will be what Obama's speech contains at the HRC dinner. Will it be full of rhetoric and empty platitudes that has thus far mired his monologues on LGBT rights, or will it actually contain calls for action with specific next steps for both the Administration and Congress? According to an article in the Washington Post, "A Democratic source familiar with the White House's thinking on the speech said Obama will stress incremental advancements as evidence of progress."

Incremental. There's a whiff of inaction in that statement.

But who knows, maybe having just won the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama may be inspired to be the leader everyone believes him to be.

It remains to be seen, but you can watch it live on C-Span to find out.

1 comment:

  1. I think we should be open to Obama has to say. However, I am not feeling the folks protesting the dinner, they are assuming the worst.