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Obama Heckled on AIDS, DADT at NYC Fundraiser

Obama has been heckled over AIDS and quicker action on DADT at a fundraiser this evening at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, the AP reports:

Obama_aids "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. He told them to go shout at Republicans, noting that a vote on repealing "don't ask, don't tell" failed this week in the Senate, with Republicans united in opposition. 'Some of those signs should be going up at the other folks' events, and folks should be hollering at the other folks' event. Because the choice in November could not be clearer,' the president said. Addressing an activist pushing for more funding for global AIDS initiatives, the president said, We heard your point. And as I said before, we increased AIDS funding. ... The people who will take over if we don't focus on the election, I promise you, will cut AIDS funding.'"

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  1. Good on both ends. He does need to hear /experience the upset within the community that his handlers shield him from while also good

    "....The people who will take over if we don't focus on the election, I promise you, will cut AIDS funding.'"

    100% correct. Obama and all dems need to be hiting hard on all issues with this. repubs will cut medicare, repubs want to privatize =destroy social security, repubs will cut this, repubs will cut that

    drive the message home and remind voters of the huge divide between dems doing a reasonable job governing and repubs destroying everything the majority of america hold essential

    Though voters tend to need something positive to really motivate them not just "We r better than repubs. remember what repubs did when they were in charge"

    Posted by: | Sep 22, 2010 8:18:51 PM

  2. Heckler the liar again!

    He didn't lift a fucking finger on DADT repeal. How stupid does he think we are?

    No support for this party until it learns some respect. And if that means allowing the GOP to win a round, SO BE IT.

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Sep 22, 2010 8:38:10 PM

  3. No, Obama had 60 Democrats in the Senate (the House already passed it), and he couldn't get it done. We have every right to yell at the Democrats, who never really intended this to be the actual vote that would affect the thousands of military careers that could still be destroyed. Instead, it was political posturing for the midterm elections to give the Democratic incumbents something to stump upon. He deserves our derision, and its time for him to take responsibility, and not keep blaming the Republicans for all his failures.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 22, 2010 8:38:10 PM

  4. I hope the Republicans win everything and cut the funding for things like Aids, it would serve them right.

    Posted by: MickkW | Sep 22, 2010 8:47:53 PM

  5. I'm sorry. But some of the negative "well-wishes" found here makes absolutely NO sense. You actually want the GOP to win? Because I can tell you know if that were to occur what Obama is or isn't doing, will dwarf in comparison. There's been a lot of mess up and missteps on both sides politically ~ why would anyone of us choose to add to the shitstorm already present?

    I too, am disappointed...but I'm choosing to keep a level-head about my options and looking into what I, myself can contribute/do personally to inform, educate and otherwise help towards making equal-rights for us a consistent reality.

    I mean, MLK certainly didn't wait for things to get better in his life, what's our excuse?

    A lot of us need to stop waiting and assume that other people should fight our battles. When are we actually going do something pro-active and pertinent besides bitch about what is or isn't happening? :/

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 22, 2010 9:13:48 PM

  6. So f'ing tired of him using "folks" all the time, which is exactly what Shrub did.

    How about "people," "Americans," or most important, "voters"? Half of Americans don't vote, and for that they deserve shit. I don't give a crap what "folks" think.

    I will give him credit for addressing an event that McCain or Bush would never have dreamed of attending.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 22, 2010 9:15:56 PM

  7. Obama is right that there should be hecklers and pickets at Republican events but it doesn't mean that he and the Democrats should be immune from being confronted.

    Why aren't there ever pickets and hecklers at Republican events? We should be hitting both parties harder.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 22, 2010 9:16:10 PM

  8. What he doesn't get is that he hasn't done enough or gone far enough with a lot of things. Frankly most of the things he has done are half-assed and weak. For some reason he seems to think he deserves praise for giving us anything at all. (NOTE: Just cause the other side won't give us anything doesn't mean you can give a tiny bit to us and expect praise)

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 22, 2010 9:43:17 PM

  9. Anarchy...that is the only solution to America's problems. Complete destruction of the political body! The teabaggers have begun the process. We should cooperate and add to the dysfunction until the government falls in on itself like a corpse in a vacuum. No more support for the progressives. 60 Senate Democrats is a waste of good oxygen. They can accomplish nothing and are worth nothing. Anarchy is the solution.

    When the government turns into a rotten corpse after a year or two more Thug mis-governance, perhaps a popular uprising will lead to the American equivalent of the French Revolution, and we can start afresh. It worked for the French, didn't it?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Sep 22, 2010 9:49:38 PM

  10. skeptical , yeah right

    gop wont just not do anything they want to take things back making even harder in the future for dems to get us back to the point we r now at

    Rave, again repubs r not "wont give us", the repubs want to take away what we already have

    Posted by: | Sep 22, 2010 9:51:38 PM

  11. PS, the GOP redo "contract with america" bs that has been leaked and they will phtoop about tomorrow has tons of anti-gay stuff

    wake up

    Posted by: | Sep 22, 2010 9:53:27 PM

  12. I agree that Republicans are many times worse than Democrats, but the LGBT community was never specifically promised anything by them. Obama claimed he was going to be our "fierce advocate" and what has he done that can be considered really fierce?

    Plus picketing Repubs is just silly; they're all loonies anyway.

    Posted by: Matthew | Sep 22, 2010 9:55:40 PM

  13. In Obama's defense, he didn't do a whole lot for all other campaign promises he made, so he is consistently disappointing. He probably isn't a homophobe, he is just indifferent and ineffective.

    Posted by: galore | Sep 22, 2010 10:00:42 PM


    Sadly he is the man I knew he was when I voted for him - a progressive insider elitist Lawyer. That means he lies as easily as he breaths --- and believes his own contrived view of reality, and offended by protestations.

    He did not increase funding.
    He just did not cut - no increase in Health Care funding is cutting what can be done

    -- unless the new proposed plan actually could do more even with the flat funding???

    Either way --- I don't know if you are aware --- but those Ivy League type are not to be trusted alone in your apartment let alone running America.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 22, 2010 10:01:54 PM

  15. The thing is, the election is pointless. The GOP has ALREADY WON -- they've been running Congress ever since Obama took office. He's handed them everything they wanted (remember the public option), and their DADT triumph is only the latest proof of it.

    It is already over, folks. Get ready for continued pandering to the GOP.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Sep 22, 2010 10:16:01 PM

  16. He's really failing to connect with the middle class, and is watching his base evaporate because of his moderate inaction. Jimmy Carter redux, unfortunately. Which is a shame--he's really passed a lot of good legislation compared to bush and other presidents.

    This country's far too polarized (teapartiers and right wingers literally live on a different planet) and pained by economic distress to think that moderate middle of the road soft "advocacy" is going to pass legislation or win votes. There is no middle of the aisle, bring everyone to the big table compromising anymore. He fundamentally doesn't understand how it works...a campaign is one thing...governing is another...and hillary does understand how dirty it is, and what it takes. Oh well, that ship as long since sailed, unfortunately. Get ready to be replaced, democrats by a party that should have died when it was mortally wounded two years ago.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 22, 2010 10:19:54 PM

  17. "a progressive insider elitist Lawyer"

    He's not progressive in any way, shape or form when it comes to GLBT issues --and he only looks progressive otherwise because a good chunk of Dems and all of the Repubs are what Europeans would consider right wingers-- he's a bible-thumper who has no problem kissing that scumbag Donnie McClurkin's ass.

    "This country's far too polarized"

    Nonsense. This country is a bunch of mostly middle/upper-class people shouting past each at protests and on TV. Somalia, Sri Lanka and Chechnya, *THAT'S* what polarized looks like.

    It's sad to see that Obama has lived down to the low expectation's I had for him. He's a one-termer who will be lumped in with Hoover and Carter as ineffective, bumbling presidents.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Sep 22, 2010 10:52:30 PM

  18. Yeah...because a reasonable parallel to the united states's divisive political environment is...chechnya...oy...

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 22, 2010 11:16:59 PM

  19. The one termer assertion is silly on its face. The election is more than 2 yrs away which is an eternity in politics.

    His approval ratings and accomplishments are higher than both Reagan and Clinton at this point in their administrations. Who will the republicans put up to run against him?

    The far right tea party has taken over and the candidate that they put up, Sarah Palin, etc, will be too far right to win in a general election.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 22, 2010 11:19:59 PM

  20. you and your cronies are in for a rude awakening, brian in texas...and you've no one to blame but yourselves, as usual.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 22, 2010 11:25:11 PM

  21. a progressive insider elitist Lawyer == yes Henry Holland .... and since when do we expect insider elitist Lawyers to be anything but part of the corrupt system

    now get a progressive non-elitist non-insider non-Lawyer in the White House - that might be a real progressive

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 22, 2010 11:27:09 PM

  22. Thank you Brian in texas because you are speaking the truth and anyone who doesn't get that is an ignorant fool who doesn't know American history.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 22, 2010 11:40:25 PM

  23. Thank you Brian, for having some sense. Some of these folks are lost causes.

    Posted by: wondermann | Sep 22, 2010 11:49:44 PM

  24. I wish you all shut the fuck up like skeptical ci--whatever the last part is said " And if that means allowing the GOP to win a round, SO BE IT."
    ...And yes I hope they repeat the hate crimes act. And let the straights just start fucking you ALL up. Because that will be change you can believe in!

    Good luck fuckers and VOTE RED in Nov and watch the LGBT death roll climb under the republicans ha ha ha!!!

    Posted by: Red Devil | Sep 23, 2010 12:23:25 AM

  25. Biden said that the Whitehouse made a deal to continue discharging soldiers in return for votes.

    I think it's perfectly reasonable to yell at Obama for thinking that continuing the discharges in the short term would win over anyone truly against DADT repeal.

    As for the choice in November, it really couldn't be clearer. I'm going to call up Republican candidates and ask them if they'll be nice to Obama if I stay home.

    I'm cribbing this strategy from the president himself, so it'll totally be in his best interests, right?

    Posted by: 33mhz | Sep 23, 2010 1:06:04 AM

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