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Watch: The Beverly Hilton 'Obama Keep Your Promise' Clip


Regarding my earlier post...

Here's the clip of Obama at last night's Democratic fundraiser, in which he claims not to know what promises the LGBT protestors outside the benefit are asking him to keep. Obama's no fool. He knows exactly the promises the protestors are talking about. But who's advising him to make these kind of cracks at the people who voted him into office?

UPDATE: Here's another take on it. I'm being convinced that my take above is wrong because folks are pointing out the variety of protestors there (Code Pink and Answer LA anti-war people), and that Obama is "saying that he is happy that people are holding his feet to the fire" on his promises, as this DailyKos diarist points out.

They're right. It isn't always all about us. But we will hold his feet to the fire on those promises.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I say this with a heavy heart, but he's a douche.

    Posted by: freddy | May 28, 2009 5:29:32 PM

  2. what freddy said

    Posted by: jimwatson | May 28, 2009 5:33:36 PM

  3. And now we know. GLBT civil rights are literally a joke to Obama.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | May 28, 2009 5:39:22 PM

  4. There were other protesters there. Code Pink, Armenian Genocide Protesters, Anti-8 folks. In fact there's a video on YouTube of the genocide people that has people encouraging him to keep his promise. In context, this video is far less hurtful than I initially thought. And I was steamed this morning. I'm still disappointed in Obama, but not because of this.

    Posted by: Balt-O-Matt | May 28, 2009 5:39:41 PM

  5. Lots of drama queenery and faux outrage going on here. As the poster above said, there was a motley group of protesters with various messages, not just gay protesters. The world does not revolve around us.

    Posted by: Lar | May 28, 2009 5:48:24 PM

  6. Who's advising President Obama? His Chief of staff RALPH EMANNUEL?

    Seriously, they "think" continuing with DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) elitist attitude is going to keep them in power?

    They have more respect for the anti-abortion crowd than they do for GLBT Americans.

    This is disgusting. President Obama better say something quick.

    Just barely 100 days over and already making it easier for him to be a ONE TERM President.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 28, 2009 5:48:39 PM

  7. fyi -
    The Armenian protesters were there 3-6pm
    and the gays came in for 6pm.

    I guess the rainbow flags and Prop 8 signs
    were not a giveaway to the Prez ?

    Obama is a coward. His silence speaks volumes and it's disgusting.

    Posted by: Martha | May 28, 2009 5:55:13 PM

  8. Was it really hard for him to tell who the gay rights protesters were? With all the rainbow flags? I find it hard to believe.

    Posted by: KFLO | May 28, 2009 5:55:14 PM

  9. It would be WRONG to make light of any of his promises; regarding torture, open and honest government, ending the war, and especially being a "fierce advocate" of glbt rights THE DAY AFTER WE WERE FUCKED OVER BY PROP 8 and the CA SUPREME COURT while speaking in the state of California.....
    The GLBT demonstration was by far the largest group, as reported on NBC local news last night.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | May 28, 2009 5:56:02 PM

  10. Hey, a month ago everyone was decrying KABC long standing policy of not running gay friendly PSA's - now, DURING SWEEPS, you take a hacked piece of crap spot as true and accurate?!?

    Take a pill. I'm no Clinton - - ummm, I mean Obama fan, but he wasn't taking jabs at marriage equality or DADT protesters - the Armenian genocide group was just as big and were chanting, "keep your promise".

    For people that don't know, the Beverly Hilton is at the cross roads of Wilshire Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd - - a massive intersection with park space to boot. The four other groups protesting easily outnumbered the less than 150 marriage equality group.

    The KABC piece is deliberately trying to create something out of nothing.

    It's one thing to be pissed that the man has turned into every other Democrat - but don't get all pissing just because you thought he was going to be something different.

    Posted by: David B. | May 28, 2009 5:57:44 PM

  11. One-term president? Oy. There is a tendency among gay activists to inflate the importance and power of the gay vote. Let's put it like this. The gay vote in this election went something like 70%-30% for Obama. If the rest of that 70% went to McCain, Obama would still be president. Contrast that with, say, the Hispanic vote, of which Obama earned 2/3. If he had earned even 10-15% less, we would be talking about President McCain.

    Face it, we don't have the numbers and we are not powerful voting bloc that many claim we are.

    Posted by: Lar | May 28, 2009 5:58:10 PM

  12. "This is disgusting. President Obama better say something quick. "

    "And now we know. GLBT civil rights are literally a joke to Obama."

    "I say this with a heavy heart, but he's a douche."

    Typical drama queens. I think you guys need to calm down. Iowa? Vermont? Where I live, DC, the city council voted to recognize gay marriages from other states. Say what you will, we have seen a flurry of equality activity in his first 100 days. Way more than the previous 8 years. If you want to get pissy, then hate on the ignorant gays of California. They did nothing to stop Prop 8, no grassroots efforts WAATSOEVER. And while you’re at it, you can hate on gay groups like HRC for dropping the ball in Califonia. You loathing of Obama is both ignorant and misguided. Give him a fucking chance. In case you haven't noticed Obama has been a little busy fixing Bush's destruction to the economy and world diplomacy. You queens are disgusting with your sense on entitlement and urgency. Get a life.

    Posted by: LeoInDc | May 28, 2009 5:58:13 PM

  13. I agree with BALT-O-MATT. In context, I don't find Obama's flippant comment a slight at all, really. Though I am still very disheartened by his overall silence on these issues. He truly does need to shed his advisers if, indeed, they are the ones steering him towards inactivity.

    And to all those saying they will vote Republican? That's certainly your choice, but I don't believe that will get us anywhere. What I feel we need to do is to continue to hold the Dems' feet to the fire. Though it may not always seem like it, THEY work for US.

    Posted by: ichabod | May 28, 2009 6:01:48 PM

  14. The gay community has made itself a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party. Gay Republicans are likened to Jews working for Hitler. We are boxed into a corner, taken for granted because we aren't going anywhere, and now smirked at by this arrogant egomaniac. He may as well have said, "Can you believe someone dared?"

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | May 28, 2009 6:05:26 PM

  15. I want Obama to move quicker on these critical issues, but jumping on him for this particular remark is offbase. There were a lot of people there, pushing various issues, so it's hardly surprising he would say he wasn't sure which specific issue the demonstrator was referencing. And the overall tone is positive: he was agreeing with the demonstrator, saying that he should keep his promises, and that it's fair to ask him to do so. The bottom line is that Barack Obama is very likely the most progressive president than any of us will see in our lifetimes, and it's more constructive to help him get where we need him to go by encouraging him, instead of bashing him.

    Posted by: David | May 28, 2009 6:09:35 PM

  16. Just why exactly is Obama attending these Hollywood millionaire fundraisers FOUR months (almost FIVE) into his presidency? Good god, I know that newly elected Prez begin their re-election campaigns early, but this has got to set a record.

    And BS on him keeping his promises AFTER he's re-elected (that's IF he's re-elected). Just an empty canvas with all the stupid fools continuing to project their hopes and dreams onto him.

    Posted by: 20008DC | May 28, 2009 6:11:15 PM

  17. I don't think it's drama queenery when someone takes a quip personally nor do I believe anyone's in any position to call anyone else's outrage "faux."

    But what I really don't understand is why the world doesn't revolve around us as someone said, or more pointedly, why shouldn't it? I've become of the opinion lately that there isn't any reason for it not to, and if constant pressure on the President, other elected officials, our neighbors, and everyone else in the US to join our cause or get out of our way gains us our civil rights and gets the world to start revolving around us like it SHOULD, then I'm all for outrage, faux or not. Complacency is completely lame, so I honestly don't care if he was really referring to a podunk farmer's union that was trying to hold him to a promise of reformed sheep-shearing. If our anger causes another apology, and another conversation, and a tilting of the our axis so that the world gets that much closer to revolving around us like it should, then I'm all for it.

    Posted by: David | May 28, 2009 6:11:54 PM

  18. Lar,

    Precisely. The only election where gays could've possibly mattered is the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.

    All this talk of "punishing" Pelosi and Obama is really wishful thinking. Even if every gay person in San Francisco voted against Pelosi, she'd still get over 70% of the vote. She typically wins re-election with over 80%. The Pelosi seat is about as safe for the Democrats as it gets. We're talking Charlie Rangel safe.

    This isn't an "open seat." LGBT activists need to stop embarassing themselves by making threats they can't carry out.

    Posted by: John | May 28, 2009 6:16:42 PM

  19. Jackass.

    This reminds me of the "you're nice enough" remark at Hillary, and it's this kind of smugness that will trip him up eventually."

    Posted by: Greg | May 28, 2009 6:19:41 PM

  20. You all need to chill

    CODE PINK was also protesting the war

    ANSWER LA was also protesting the war

    Gays were not the only protesters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Calm the fuck down

    Obviously he was right on the money since there were at least 3 seperate groups protesting seperate issues and thus seperate prmoises

    He agreed that keeping his feet to the fire on promises was good and he was right...who the Fuck knows what promises were being referred to ....war in iraq, guantanmo detainees, the war in afganista, gay rights, etc

    You all need to pick your pearls back up off the floor and sniff some smelling salts

    Andy you report that there were other totally different groups protesting at the same time and he was right on the money in refering to which promises specificaly the shout was about.

    It could have been a war protestor who meant keep your promise on ending Iraq

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 28, 2009 6:20:17 PM

  21. "Say what you will, we have seen a flurry of equality activity in his first 100 days"


    So he hired back some of the same gays Bill Clinton had originally there were some rainbow leis at the White House Easter Egg Hunt.....and our condolensces that he's suddenly gone color blind and can't tell a rainblow flag from an Armenian flag....

    in SUBSTANTIAL ways we are not better off than we were January 19th...the day before he took office ... and he, like Bush, will demand the discharge of gays from the military IN COURT.

    Yes, Leo, you are an expert on ignorance.

    PS: you also don't know shit from Shinola from your bar stool in DC about what actually went on in California.

    Posted by: Michael @ | May 28, 2009 6:22:05 PM

  22. LEOINDC - I agree for the most part with what you are saying. And I think many of us ARE mad at all the others you point out. I recall several posts and comments about this when Prop 8 passed.

    However, is Obama too busy dealing with other things to even have a comment about the success you mentioned? That's BS. And Gibbs doesn't offer up anything in the press conferences. So I think - while this clip is not as bad as Andy makes it sound - Obama is definitely silent on the LGBT issues and successes since he became president.

    Posted by: gabriel | May 28, 2009 6:23:06 PM

  23. To those stating that there were other protests Pres. Obama was referencing, is it still ok to make light of their struggles???

    Posted by: Cj | May 28, 2009 6:23:15 PM

  24. I was there. The gatherings started at 6pm. I got there closer to 7pm and I will tell you the anti-war and other groups were the minority in terms of the protesters.

    Right away I knew where to gather: there were LOTS of rainbow flags and signs that told you that was the GLBT contingent.

    NO EXCUSE for President Obama to continue to ignore us. Simply unacceptable and disappointing.

    Posted by: FunMe | May 28, 2009 6:24:55 PM

  25. Addendum:

    We will soon be substantively better off in one area, or at least partners of gays who work for the State Department will...but that change was LED BY You Know Who...whether or not Massa said it was ok.

    Posted by: Michael @ | May 28, 2009 6:26:04 PM

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