“President Obama’s election was the most important thing to happen to LGBT rights since Harvey Milk”

Everybody should go over to The People’s View and read Deaniac’ great piece.

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There is more to do. The struggle for equality is long, hard, and worth every second of every day. The struggle for equality is not a quick fix where you simply get to throw mud at our best ally just because he hasn’t wielded a magic wand. The path to equality will not end until full equality is achieved in every respect. As a gay man, I can tell you that we cannot walk this path alone. We need our straight friends and family to march with us. We need people of every color, gender, economic status and religion to walk with us. We need our fellow Americans to amplify our voices. And we need President Obama.



83 thoughts on ““President Obama’s election was the most important thing to happen to LGBT rights since Harvey Milk”


  2. Thank you, President Obama, for all you’ve done and will continue to do for LGBT people – and all of us.

  3. Thanks so much for highlighting this piece, bwd. Yet another excellent piece of writing from the space which also brings us rootless, TiMT, ohcrap, John Rynn, and many other fantastic writers. I’m feeling extremely proud to be an Obamabot these days, that’s for sure.

  4. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says substantial Medicare cuts must be part of a spending and deficit cut package to get his support to raise the debt limit.

    In a Capitol briefing with reporters Friday, McConnell declared affirmatively that unspecified Medicare cuts are on the table in bipartisan debt limit negotiations, led by Vice President Joe Biden, and he expects they’ll be part of the final deal. But in response to a question from TPM, he went further than he has in the past in laying down a marker on that issue. Medicare cuts must be part of that deal to get his support, he says — even if negotiators manage to find trillions of dollars in savings elsewhere, even if his other priorities are met.

    “To get my vote, for me, it’s going to take short term [cuts, via spending caps]… Both medium and long-term, entitlements.,” McConnell said. “Medicare will be part of the solution.”

    To clarify, I asked “[I]f [the Biden group] comes up with big cuts, trillions of dollars worth of cuts, but without substantially addressing Medicare, it won’t get your vote?”

    “Correct,” McConnell said.


    Good luck with that!

  5. It is great to see that the LGBT community recognizes how much this President cares not just about them but for all and he is doing his level best to bend that arc towards justice for all.

    I read somewhere that the Prez went to Law school with Ken Melman–one of Bush’s top advisors–and knew that he was gay, but, despite their political differences, he never ever had the urge to out him for political gain..

    I wonder if a Republican would have resisted if they had something on Mr. Obama…..Valarie Plame anyone? Obama is a fair, just man.

  6. I am SO tired ot McConnell issuing ultimatums! He seems to think he is king of the world. I always turn the sound down when he comes on. These people think making cuts to Medicare is going to benefit them November 2012? Did they learn nothing from NY-26! They obviously care nothing about the American people and actually governing. They prove that every day. I have a feeling BHO will take care of this when he gets home. He doesn’t go on camera and make big pronouncements, he works behind the scenes.

  7. I really, really hope the Dems are on to the game McConnell is playing here. The GOP already took a big hit with the Ryan Budget, so the GOP are trying to force or trick the Dems into swallowing that poison pill as well to take the issue away from the Dems. The way McConnell is talking now, it seems he’s trying to frame any chances to Medicare as “significant cuts” so that the Dems would have signed off on cutting medicare as well.

    Why is McConnell spouting off in the press and where is the Dem pushback? Why does it only seem that the GOP is messaging on the debt ceiling issue?

  8. Let’s be honest here. Think of any area about which progressives care. There isn’t a single area in which this President and the Dems in Congress have not made historic progress. Too bad so many supposed progressive still don’t believe it is enough at this time.

    The fact is that I am also sure the President doesn’t believe it is enough, long term, which is why we have to do our best to take back the House, keep the Senate, and keep the Oval Office.

  9. Off-topic but can someone tell me why there are so many Italians apologising on the President’s Facebook page? Did Berlusconi insult him? There are so many comments I haven’t found an explanatory one yet.

  10. Which is why the Dems have to come back and say they have reduced Medicare spending by $500 billion dollars over the next several years without taking a single benefit away from any seniors. What do the Republicans propose to do that could say the same?

  11. And,you know what, he sees no hypocrisy in his own health plan paid for by the Govt; the same as Newt who supports Ryan’s voucher crusade and yet, he is actually currently on medicaid!

    Republicans are two-faced hypocrites.

  12. I absolutely agree. Dems shouldn’t touch medicare. I don’t even think they need GOP Senate votes unless they want to filibuster the vote. The GOP House would have to pass it though, however I think 25 could be peeled off to get something passed – especially if it would give an out to those who voted for the Ryan Budget to now vote for something that saves Medicare against the wishes of their party.

    If there isn’t an end to the Bush extra tax cuts and Medicare/Medicaid is cut in any way I’ll be disappointed. The Ryan Budget is a political gift, the Dems better not be giving it away.

  13. But President Obama already said that – raise revenues, tweak the cap and Medicare is safe virtually as is.

    Dems need to come up with $4T in cuts and then take it to the people if McConnell doesn’t like it because it doesn’t cut where he wants it.

  14. Dem Response So Far:

    Late update: In response to this piece, Jon Summers, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) issued the following statement. “Republicans are holding the United States’ credit hostage to ram through their plan to end Medicare. They are now saying they won’t accept any plan to reduce the deficit unless it also cuts Medicare. Voters have resoundingly rejected this ideological agenda. Republicans should drop it and move on.”


  15. I would love a bigger majority in the Senate. There are a handful of blue dogs that need to be neutralized. Like Manchin, Nelson, Landrieu – they are especially nasty in general.

  16. Ohhh. What a clown. But I have to say, it’s nice to see so many Italians taking the time to come to Facebook and apologize. Goes to show, once more, the universal admiration towards this man.


    Democrats.org has a web page where you enter the state you live in and it show how much you pay for health care with Medicare and how much you pay with the Republican plan.

    It would be wonderful if each of us could share this site with family and friends, tweet, facebook, blogs.

    I am hopeful we have someone from all fifty states and we can add this tool to the resources we use to clobber the Republicans for their stance on Medicare.


  18. lol from what I heard the Italian prez kept the meeting of the G8 waiting while he bored our President with tales of his legal problems. the look on president Obama’s face while this guy kept going on and on is priceless. The Italians (bless their hearts) are embarrassed by their leader’s behavior, thus apologizing to our potus.

  19. So we write to Harry Reid and tell we appreicate his vote on the budget in the senate and want the Dems to stand firm.

    Washington, D.C. Office:
    522 Hart Senate Office Building,
    District of Columbia 20510-2803
    Phone: (202) 224-3542
    Fax: (202) 224-7327

    Las Vegas Office: (more district offices) 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    Phone: (702) 388-5020
    Fax: (702) 388-5030
    Las Vegas Office:
    333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
    Phone: (702) 388-5020
    Fax: (702) 388-5030

    Reno Office:
    400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902
    Reno, Nevada 89501
    Phone: (775) 686-5750
    Fax: (775) 686-5757

    Carson City Office:
    600 East Williams Street, #302
    Carson City, Nevada 89701
    Phone: (775) 882-7343
    Fax: (775) 883-1980


  20. Spot on. Notice he didn’t threaten a filibuster. Re: messaging… This kabuki is just getting started. Loads of time to spread the message, which should be:

    “GOP Ransom Demands: If the Dems don’t agree to Death Panels for Grannie, the Republicans will deliberately cause a Second Great Depression that will make the Great Depression of the 1930s seem mild.”

  21. Thank God for the Internet(s). If it were not for the power of the Internet and social media, just think about the wool that would be perpetually pulled over our eyes politically. Stories like this one I had not heard about. But the Internet comes to the rescue once again.

    Thank you!

  22. Oh, dear. I feel so sorry for the Italians! I was quite apprehensive given that this was the guy who had once compared a German politician to a concentration camp guard, tried to use his ‘playboy skills’ on the Finnish President, called President Obama tanned and got told off by the Queen for talking too loudly and a whole lot of other things.

    At least it wasn’t an insult to the President but it must have been so embarrassing to see your Prime Minister complain about your country’s justice system to foreign heads of state.

  23. Don’t despair, Carolyn! The Ryan Path to Poverty is electoral poison for the repugs, and this is a desperation move by McChinless to get the Dems to cut Medicare, so they can gloss over it with, “The Dems cut Medicare. too”. If I’m smart enough to see through this transparent plot, you can bet that The Prez (i.e. smartest guy in the room 🙂 sees it too, and will never take the bait.

    They are bluffing and Barack is the best damned poker player I’ve ever seen (and I once worked as a dealer in Atlantic City!)

    Wouldn’t hurt to contact your Senators (if they are Dems, that is), Senator Reid, and the White House to let them know that you expect them to stand firm against the GOP’s ransom demands.

  24. Wow, look at this list of world leader’s Obama’s visit to Poland attracts!

    markknoller Mark Knoller
    Here’s the list of leaders invited to dinner with Pres. Obama and Pres Komorowski of Poland: 1. Bamir Topi, Preside -> http://bit.ly/lw5h8e
    13 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

  25. D@mn! Mine would be over two times as much! I’m a retired school teacher, and the Ryan Plan would eat up almost 1/3 of my yearly retirement compensation, and I’ve got quite a few years left on my mortgage and payments for my daughter’s college loans. This is insane.

  26. oops – meant to write “world leaders”. I bet half these guys had ZERO interest in ever meeting Bush.

  27. I’m also sendin’ VPJB this:

    30 Years of ‘Starving The Beast’ Politics… http://tinyurl.com/4yo492q

    You know, I BELIEVE, Congressional DEMs and others need to be re-educated/reminded about how truly evil, apathetic the TeaPublicans and their ilk (FOX “News,” Koch Bros. & Co., U.S. CoC, SCOTUS 4, et al) are/have become and, that they CANNOT BE TRUSTED!


  28. Totally shared to everyone I know. WIW, you rock and ♥ for all you do.

  29. This is what happens when people elect billionaire media moguls to head countries.

  30. Berlusconi, PBO has his own headaches with the right-wing nuts and teabaggers, WTF is he supposed to do when you get caught womanizing and being with underage girls? hahahahahah!

  31. yup and I just Googled it and found this gem:

    Military cannons blasted a 21-gun salute as Bush’s motorcade arrived at the Palace of Brigades, the 1930s-era building that was once the home of King Zog, who reigned before World War II. Later at a news conference, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha hailed Bush as “the greatest and most distinguished guest we have ever had in all times.”

    Bush returned the love — or some of it. He repeated his public endorsement of Albania’s bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He also reiterated his support for the independence of Kosovo, a Serbian province under U.N. supervision. Ethnic Albanians make up the vast majority of Kosovo’s population.

    “At some point in time, sooner rather than later, you’ve got to say: Enough’s enough — Kosovo is independent,” Bush said.

    Responding to a reporter’s question in Rome on Saturday, Bush had said a deadline should be set for a U.N. resolution on Kosovo’s independence. “In terms of the deadline, there needs to be one,” he said. “This needs to come — this needs to happen.”

    Asked Sunday about when he would like that deadline set, Bush seemed flummoxed. “I don’t think I called for a deadline,” he said. Told that he had, Bush responded: “I did? What exactly did I say? I said, ‘Deadline’? Okay, yes, then I meant what I said.”


    What an idiot that man was! I need to read this stuff every once in a while to remember just how embarrassing it was for all of us.

  32. Seen this?
    Assistant Democratic leader, Rep. James Clyburn said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt that benefit cuts to Medicare are not on the table in the bipartisan congressional negotiations led by Vice President Biden. Greg Sargent writes about it:
    “We are not going to reduce benefits at all,” Clyburn said, when pressed on what he was willing to agree to on Medicare. He insisted that the Medicare reforms in the Affordable Care Act should be looked at as a template for moving forward.
    “I would ask everybody to take a hard look at what we did last year,” Clyburn said. “Over a 10-year period, what we did could be sufficient going forward.”

    It’s hard to know what to make of this. It’s unclear whether Clyburn is merely reciting the hard-line position of House Dems, or whether he’s articulating the position that Democrats, the White House and Senate Dems included, have unified behind. But if it’s the latter, that would square with Nancy Pelosi’s recent claim that the talks are moving in a positive direction for those who oppose any benefits cuts.

  33. Thanks FORUS50. What an impressive list. How can some Americans still think this man is not a world leader?

  34. The irony is the this old perv is a Right Winger in Italy, screaming about the Left? Now he wants Prez Obama who himself is on the Left, to feel sorry for him!!!!

  35. GN, I am with you 100%. I am proud of a president Obama, but I am equally proud of the caliber of his supporters who post on this site, TPV, Wee see you, The Obama diary, and others. It’s really a shame that most Americans are not exposed to these sites.

  36. One of the most wonderful things about our President is his honesty on this issue – he stated that he struggled with this – had wonderful members of his staff who were in long term gay relationships and wanted the rights that the rest of us take for granted. When religious community tells you that this is sin it takes time and capacity for reason to come to the moral conclusion that gays are no different from the rest of us and should have the same rights as everyone else – and that includes being married and being miserable like everyone else – lol kidding!

  37. That story is one of the numerous signs that it was the STAFFERS who were doing the work. Bush didn’t understand fully what the policies of his team were. He just read the speeches that had be written for him.

  38. some funnies

    “Rudy Giuliani is apparently thinking about running for president. Wow, that would bring us to, like, seven candidates and about 35 ex-wives.”
    —Jimmy Fallon

    “President Bush was almost hit by a foul ball at a baseball game. Bush vowed revenge, but you know President Obama will probably get the guy.”
    —Conan O’Brien

    “Should oil companies give back all those tax breaks? Yeah…as soon as the seagulls give back all that oil.”
    —Stephen Colbert

    “Michele Bachmann is the female candidate for people who find Sarah Palin too intellectual.”
    —Bill Maher

    “A man in Wisconsin ate his 25-thousandth Big Mac on the 39th anniversary of eating the first one. Then afterwards he ate a piece of broccoli and died.”
    —Seth Meyers

  39. I am still in awe at how much President Obama has accomplish in such a short time in office. Thanks again BWD for this site.

  40. Seems to be the conventional wisdom. Sec. Clinton has said she will resign in early 2013, and Kerry is being rather obvious in his angling for the gig.

    Only way I think he doesn’t get it is if the Senate is 50-50 or 51-49 with Scott Brown winning re-election easily and the concern being creating that opening could cost the Dems the Senate majority. Special elections are tricky things, and there would be silly money spent by third party Republican groups.

  41. hahaha!!! That’s exactly what I was thinking! This is what it would be like if the Donald was president.

  42. hi my fellow like minded i hope you guys have heard of the latest news border crossing to gaza has been open as promised, there is a proverb in Africa that goes like this ” half word you do say to a wise son/daughter or a friend and when gets to his his /her stomach it becomes whole” do you guys remember what prompted president obama to want to push peace talk again urgently in the first place, well here is your answer

  43. POTUS on MSNBC now joint presser with Polish President.
    POTUS looks/sounds exhausted! Get some sleep sir!

  44. Governing by tantrum. IMO he is unfit to lead. Ultimatums, lines in the sand=tantrums. I think that the American people are beyond ready to dump fundamentalists and absolutists of all kinds and seat some better leadership.

  45. Yup. Buncha clueless losers with no political instincts whatsoever.

  46. Examining the polling, progressives are just fine and have been for some time. It is a media mirage created by the lefty new media which does so much to create distractions and turmoil. Because the lefty new media is controlled by a handful of extremely non-benevolent people IMO. The solution is to continue to assert our independence from that and own voices.

    I have no doubt but that President Obama would like to do much more, and will do much more, if the American people are not tricked again by the right wing and professional left into acting against their own best interests. It’s a miracle that we kept the senate in 2010; with Medicare on the table as a clear issue, we truly could be coming into a very successful 2012.

  47. Yep, this is the guy whose police chief in now in jail! Talk about judgment…lol.

  48. What he was doing was laying a road map by which people who are in the mushy middle (who are totally turned off and unpersuaded by fundamentalists screaming in their face, but are willing to listen to reason) to arrive at his same conclusion despite having religious reservations about gay marriage. He’s capturing a “I don’t exactly like this, but it doesn’t affect me, sounds fair, and thus is okay” segment of society, which is extremely important with respect to making progress.

  49. This takes us one step closer to taking back the House of Representatives in 2012

    May 27, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Illinois lawmakers on Friday approved new legislative districts drawn by Democrats to make political life more difficult for Republicans over the next 10 years.

    Under the proposal, many Republicans would be thrown together in new state Senate and House districts, forced to decide whether to challenge a colleague or run elsewhere. The new district boundaries were approved 64-52 in the House and 35-22 in the Senate. They now go to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Illinois Republicans are not happy about the proposed congressional remap


  50. The racists who called Holder a practitioner of Jim Crow? Who used minstrel imagery to protest a homophobic singer’s participation in one of a million campaign events? Who accused the handful of black people there of having a “victim’s privilege” thus hiding homophobia behind being black?

    lol, I daresay those bigots are not salvageable and not worth considering wrt progress-making. Horrible site.

  51. This is truly an ambitious plan. There’s a catch-22 in that President Obama’s strongest supporters are the most complacent and disengaged because everything’s working just great for them. They’re not on blogs or anxiously monitoring the news. We on blogs are a pretty unique boutique set of media consumers, but this is a bubble.

    The good news is that OFA has said that they received more summer organizer applications this time around than in ’08, so clearly there are people hoping to work for his reelection. Convincing people to put in huge work this far out when President Obama is so far from an underdog is what’s going to be challenging.

  52. Thanks Michigan. Way to go!!!Repugs always laugh when they do this to Dems in Southern states. Now they taste their own medicine..lol. I love it.

  53. Good morning BWD and TOAITR family.

    Jovie you are a wonder! Thank you for all the information you bring to us.p

  54. Just will make up for some of the ridiculousness in GOP controlled states. Ideally I’d get rid of gerrymandering by making it all independent commission type deals.

  55. It will definitely be different. There will not be the lightning in a bottle excitement that brought so many people in. At the same time there will be establishment tools to use and money that wasn’t there. Also there will be a big head start over where his campaign was 18 months out from 2008 and no long, expensive primary.

  56. That’s true, I just think that there’s a risk that people are going to fall asleep at the wheel. The GOP’s presidential field is such a clown show right now, President Obama’s base is happy and satisfied with him; those are conditions for complacency.

  57. We passed amendments to fairly re-district in Florida – Scott has been holding up the process – by the time anything gets done it will be close to the election – candidates won’t even know what areas their districts cover until the last minute – I’m disgusted with Florida politics!!

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