Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Obama and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Redux

Obama got heckled by gay rights activists at a fundraiser on Wednesday:

President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Activists yelled slogans and held signs aloft reading “Obama broken promises KILL.” Supporters of the president tried to drown them out with shouts of “O-bam-a! O-bam-a!” The hecklers were so raucous Obama went off-script several times to address them, insisting he’s increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.


Dan Savage reacts:

Where was the President when the Senate was debating DADT on Tuesday? AWOL. He made no public statements, he couldn’t be bothered to pick up the phone and call a single wavering Senator to ask for their vote. But he did have time to make at least one call on Tuesday:

Earlier today, President Obama called members of the Seattle Storm organization, to congratulate them on winning the WNBA Finals for the second time, on their success during the regular season and their undefeated run in the playoffs. The President told them that they are an inspiration to everyone, especially his daughters. Members of the Storm organization on the call told the President that they appreciated his call and that it was a highlight for their organization. President Obama said he looks forward to congratulating them in person at the White House.

You know…

There are lesbians in Storm’s ownership team. There are lots of lesbians at the Storm’s games. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that there are probably one or two lesbians on the team. So here’s a suggestion for the Seattle Storm: publicly pass on the President’s invitation to meet with him at the White House until he takes action–it’s time for that executive order–to end DADT. Do it for Margaret Witt.

I don’t know that I agree that this should be done by executive order, or even that it can be done that way. But I do agree with Savage that pressure must be brought to bear on this issue to keep Obama’s feet to the fire. Sullivan likes to call the administration’s approach on this issue as “the fierce urgency of whenever.” But after all this time, and with public opinion overwhelmingly in favor of repeal, whenever needs to be now.

Incidentally, the Obama administration announced that it will file an appeal of the ruling striking down the DADT policy in a suit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans. A GOP group is now working harder to end the policy than the Democratic president is.