Monday, October 12, 2009

White House Aide Dismisses National Equality March, Tells Bloggers to 'Take Off Pajamas'

UPDATE: According to Plumline, the White House has "disavowed" that it has disdain for gay critics and bloggers.
The White House is strongly denying a report making the rounds that it views gay critics and bloggers as part of an “Internet left fringe,” with a senior adviser asserting to me that this sentiment “does not reflect White House thinking at all.”
Asked for comment, White House senior communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer emailed:

“That sentiment does not reflect White House thinking at all, we’ve held easily a dozen calls with the progressive online community because we believe the online communities can often keep the focus on how policy will affect the American people rather than just the political back-and-forth.”
Like I said earlier, a White House aide hiding behind anonymity doesn't convince me one way or another about the overall position of the White House on LGBT rights, only the cowardice of this particular aide.

However, it does raise concern about the unofficial disdain toward the LGBT population and the lack of priority we may have in the Administration and staff. Also, we all know the White House probably knows damn well who made this statement, but don't expect any identity revelation to be forthcoming anytime soon.


Hmm. As Jane Hamsher at FDL has pointed out, after what the New York Times has said was “the largest demonstration for gay rights here in nearly a decade”, and after Obama's HRC speech rededicating himself to our equality, the truth behind what some in the White House feel comes out.

Being one of those bloggers, I must defend myself. I don't wear pajamas. So that goes to show what little that anonymous White House aide knows!

But in all seriousness, I but defer back to Jane:
That is just classic. After pandering to LGBT leaders last night the truth comes out. Dear gays: grow up and let us get about the serious business of governance. Signed, some dude who’s too afraid to give his real name.

And old anonymous is, of course, full of shit. Obama’s poll numbers took a 10 point hit with Democrats after Kathleen Sebelius said the White House was willing to ditch the public option. She had to dial it back instantly, and ever since that time they’ve been scrambling to find a way to give the public option the heave-ho in a way that didn’t backlash on the President.
I in no way take what this aide has said as an indication of what the president thinks. And obviously, this aide has to hide in anonymity to say what he or she really feels because if they were found out, they would probably get bitch slapped by the Administration.

But I can't help admit it's discouraging to hear such pithy words, especially from supposed allies.

If this is any indicator about how the Administration staff sees today's historical and moving demonstration of hundreds of thousands of LGBT citizens and allies expressing the pain of discrimination and hate, then it goes to show that we have a lot of more work to do and that gathering as we did today is nowhere near enough. Because guess what, according to this White House adviser, all of those marchers and all of you who want to see more action from the president are a part of a "fringe" who need to grow up.

Good thing Equality Across America, who put together the march, intends to do just that. To get involved in your local congressional district, text your email and your zip code to 37686 for information.

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