President Obama, Leader to All But the LGBT Community?

One of President Obama’s most patient supporters, the Rt Reverend Gene Robinson, has had enough. Well, almost. I mean, he’s still a gentle man who chooses his words wisely. But this is what Bishop Robinson said about President Obama in an interview recently:

I think that a number of us are beginning to be impatient with him. The argument that he’s got other things on his plate really doesn’t hold water since he has certainly demonstrated an ability to multitask and to tackle very, very important issues at the same time. Also, I just saw a poll — I think it was yesterday or the day before — showing enormous support for an end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ even amongst the military, even amongst conservatives, amongst Republicans, not to mention the general public. I still believe that he is going to move forward on that and on the Defense of Marriage Act and so on, but I do think patience is wearing thin, and I think it’s time for him to begin to give this some of his time and energy.

Those of you who read this blog during the tough times of the Obama vs. Clinton days will remember that I have always had concerns about Obama’s sincerity when it comes to the LGBT community. He courts us and we raise money for him. And push comes to shove, you know where we find ourselves: positioned below a large public transportation vehicle.

Barack Obama the candidate promised to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Barack Obama the President, has said he’s too busy. One could almost buy that story, what with two wars to be fought and all. If DADT didn’t have a direct detrimental effect on the ability to win those two wars! I mean, how does dismissing 53 Arabic translators simply because they are gay help us win these wars?

Pam’s House Blend has a great post with comment and a video of Rachel Maddow of MSNBC — the only mainstream media reporter to give this issues any attention at all. Pam notes that in 2007, Barack Obama said:

I will work [for]…a full repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”… that work should have started long ago. I will start when I take office. America is ready to get rid of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. All that is required is leadership.

So. Leadership? That’s all? Waiting ….



  1. Agreed, the leadership he promised is definitely not there on this issue. If President Truman could eliminate racial segregation with an executive order, it doesn’t seem like it would be particularly difficult for President Obama to get rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if he really wanted to.

  2. “If DADT didn’t have a direct detrimental effect on the ability to win those two wars! “

    I would say that perhaps this explanation is perhaps a bit too simple. Obama is courting all of the voters (including the Republicans) to get healthcare passed and to save the economy, which has already involved some very unpopular legislation.

    The promises that he made to the LGBT Community are important, but they are not the only thing on his plate, and he has only been in office for a few months. I doubt that complaining “why isn’t it fixed yet!” will fix the real estate market or bring the troops home any sooner, either. :o)

    I still trust the president to make the right decisions at the right time on all of these things. He has already shown considerable political acumen both at home and abroad.

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