President Barack Obama did a little campaigning in West Hollywood recently. For anyone who doesn’t already know – West Hollywood is Gay Central, a bit like a Gayborhood of the West Coast. Not only was the event telling of how he’s been wooing votes these days, but it showcases just how important the gay vote could turn out to be for the president as he seeks his second term amid rather dismal satisfaction ratings.
And while less than half of the public at large may actually be pleased with the job Obama’s doing, many LGBT people couldn’t be happier. While Obama was a slow starter on gay issues from the get go (that famous statement of his about marriage being between a man and a woman will surely haunt him), he’s probably been the most proactively pro-gay president in history. Not only does he deserve a certain amount of credit for a few big strides, like repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” opposing DOMA, and pushing for visitation rights for same-sex couples in hospitals in states that don’t allow marriage, but he seems to have made a turnaround when it comes to LGBT issues.
And that’s likely a smart political strategy.
As Obama forges his re-election campaign, he has quite a few hoops to jump through to convince the American public that he deserves another chance. And with issues like the economy and unemployment on the minds of many, that won’t be easy.
The GOP primary is also using the president as a bit of a punching bag, calling him everything from a socialist to a heathen (and that’s why the options among Republicans this time around are so darn grim for gay voters).
A big question gay voters need to ask is whether they think Obama is in it for the long haul, and whether – if elected to a second term – will he finally make the big step and talk about same-sex marriage. It’s a controversial issue that he will likely sidestep in his re-election bid (alienating moderate voters and all). But if he is, indeed, re-elected – which is looking possible despite public angst – he’ll need to do more than troll for votes in heavily LGBT communities. The people who will or will not put him into office deserve as much. Because while many voters have all but turned their backs on Obama, the gay community still seems to be standing in solidarity, especially if you consider his recent interactions with the LGBT constituency.
And if you have any question at all about who to vote for, consider whether a Bachmann, Romney or Perry (and possibly Palin) even know where West Hollywood is. Because while Obama may not be perfect, he’s a heck of a lot more promising for the gay community than presidential hopefuls who pin their campaigns on Jesus.
Just in case something “newsworthy” happens, here’s the embedded video streaming live from the Reagan Library. The text of the speech is embargoed until 9 p.m. so I’ll post it below as an update in a few minutes. As you’ll soon see, though, Dan Foster’s take on it is exactly right. Christie does sound like a guy rolling out a foreign policy doctrine in preparation for a candidacy. Even though he almost certainly isn’t. Update: C-SPAN’s going to carry it too and it looks like Hannity will carry at least some of it. Christie allegedly told a group of donors at a lunch in California today that he’s not running, but let’s see if there’s a Q&A here after the speech.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com …
Evidence that we have a fraud and a usurper currently residing in the people’s White House is overwhelming, despite the overt lack of journalistic investigating on the part of the American press. But now new evidence indicates that the conspiracy to carry out that fraud was much broader than originally thought.
The story of whom and what Barack Hussein Obama II really is – is a forty-year story that requires a book, not a column, to tell. Strong evidence suggests that he was being groomed from a very young age for the moment in history that would end American supremacy in the world, and usher in a new era of Global Marxist Governance.
But there was a major hurdle that had to be overcome – the U.S. Constitution, in this case, Article II – Section I – Clause V specifically, which requires that “no person except a natural-born citizen of the United States” can hold the office of President. – Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States…and may not even be a legal citizen of the United States. So, how can he be President?
This column focuses upon the period 2003-2008 and the political maneuvers that took place in order to make way for America’s first unconstitutional resident of the White House…………..
WH Pressures Ford to Pull Bailout Ad
Fox Nation ^ | 27 Sep 2011 | Daniel Howes
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:53:56 PM by mandaladon
As part of a campaign featuring “real people” explaining their decision to buy the Blue Oval, a guy named “Chris” says he “wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government,” according the text of the ad, launched in early September.
“I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That’s what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta’ pick yourself up and go back to work.”
That’s what some of America is about, evidently. Because Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy CEO Alan Mulally repeatedly supported in the dark days of late 2008, in early ’09 and again when the ad flap arose. And more.
With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can’t have that.
The ad, pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.
(Excerpt) Read more at nation.foxnews.com …
Do not suppose for a minute that Herman Cain‘s victory in the Florida straw poll will alter the liberal narrative about the tea party movement and Republicans. No, we will continue to be instructed by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Today Show and The New York Times that the eruption of the tea parties is a reflection of the dark id of American conservatism; that it is primarily racist and xenophobic; and that the tea party movement is radical and extremist.
Waving the “bloody shirt” of racism has been the most reliable workhorse of Democratic politics for at least a generation. Remember the wall-to-wall coverage of the “epidemic” of black church fires in the 1990s? Remember George W. Bush’s “insensitivity” regarding the ghastly lynching of James Byrd? The epidemic turned out to be imaginary and Bush was happy to sign the death warrant for one of Byrd’s murderers, but the tactic is too precious for Democrats to abandon.
It will take some imagination to explain away Herman Cain’s success. Among the very voters Democrats demonize, Cain achieved a resounding victory with 37.1 percent of the vote — more than twice the percentage of his next, nearest competitor Rick Perry, who received 15.4 percent.
And it wasn’t that Republicans and conservatives were acting upon an affirmative action spirit — trying to prove that they too could pull the lever for a black guy. It’s that Herman Cain delivers a great speech, is willing to propose solutions commensurate with our problems and is possessed of a remarkably sunny personality. And it doesn’t hurt that Cain embodies the Horatio Alger rise to success that liberals dismiss as myth but conservatives still believe.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com …
via “Racists” for Cain.
“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said. “You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”
The comment — which came during a discussion of the economy — perked more than a few ears. It’s unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious — but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue’s office clarified the remarks: “Come on,” said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. “Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what’s best for the people they serve.”
Full story here.
Long before the politically connected California solar firm Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama was warned by his top economic advisors about the financial and political risks of the Energy Department loan guarantee program that boosted the company’s rapid ascent. At a White House meeting in late October, Lawrence H. Summers, then director of the National Economic Council, and Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, expressed concerns that the selection process for federal loan guarantees wasn’t rigorous enough and raised the risk that funds could be going to the wrong companies, including ones that didn’t need the help…………………