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 ….