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.'"


  1. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    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”

  2. Skeptical Cicada says

    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.

  3. Keith says

    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.

  4. MickkW says

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

  5. Sean says

    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 time…so, 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? :/

  6. Paul R says

    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.

  7. TampaZeke says

    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.

  8. ravewulf says

    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)

  9. candideinnc says

    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?

  10. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    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

  11. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    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

  12. Matthew says

    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.

  13. galore says

    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.

  14. rjp3 says


    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.

  15. says

    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.

  16. TANK says

    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.

  17. Henry Holland says

    “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.

  18. TANK says

    Yeah…because a reasonable parallel to the united states’s divisive political environment is…chechnya…oy…

  19. Brian in Texas says

    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.

  20. TANK says

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

  21. rjp3 says

    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

  22. Sam says

    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.

  23. Red Devil says

    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!!!

  24. 33mhz says

    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?

  25. FunMe says

    I signed the pledge long time ago and I am going to keep my promise:



    “I pledge not to donate to the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, or the Obama campaign until Congress passes, and the president signs, legislation enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).”

    No time, no money$$$ and no vote for those who have BETRAYED us.

  26. Asher says

    the reason why no one is protesting republicans is because they are scared. Simple as that. They’re scared of getting shot, beat or whatever but nonetheless they’re scared.

    I still have faith in Obama, I do, but I
    have no problem with people protesting him.

    But what I do have a problem with, is people being hypocritical about their complaints. If you’re going to put that much effort into protesting someone who is at least sympathetic to our causes, you need to be twice as aggressive towards those who actively try and block us from assimilating into the general population.

    Until I see these people protest Republican functions, I can’t take them seriously. They’re cowards in my opinion

  27. jjasonham says

    Wow. So many people in here commenting are completely lost causes. Brian in Texas, there is absolutely no use wasting your energy typing any responses or reasoned conclusions. Accusations of betrayal or weakness or ineffectiveness are not tangible ways to measure. They are descriptions that can mean many different things to many different people, and pure conjecture cannot be proven or disproven. Forget what has been accomplished by this administration (and their supporters) so far, and destroy them if one particular group of people aren’t appeased YET. Comments like these are the reasons why moderates are just as weary to vote in any super progressives as they are about teabaggers. The ever present litmus test that no one can ever get a 100% on. If you all are waiting for a super progressive to get into power to do what you want, you’re either going to have to work hard to make it happen by appealing to someone other than yourselves, or just wait for it. Either way, cutting off the people most likely to help you at the knees is the most idiotic strategy there is. It only makes perfect sense to a blindly emotional, slash and burn, kind of person, and that’s exactly how moderate America views those tactics. You’ll be waiting a looooong time for the “perfect” candidate for you.

  28. Tim says

    I don’t understand why some of you are so worried about what will happen if the republicans take over congress. Maybe if they do, it will teach the democrats a lesson about alienating their base. And, maybe it will teach the independents just how bad republicans are. I’m willing to put up with it for two years.

    Besides, Obama will be there with his veto power to stop anything terrible the republicans try to do. What’s the matter? Don’t you trust him to protect you with his veto?

    And, the democrats will have enough seats in the senate to obstruct everything the same way the republicans have been doing, right? What’s the matter? Don’t you trust them to filibuster EVERYTHING? Oh, do you think the republicans will change the senate rules to eliminate the filibuster if they win? You know damn well they will. But, if the dems keep control of the senate, you also know damn well they would NEVER change the rules on filibusters. They haven’t got the balls.

  29. jason says

    What on earth has AIDS funding got to do with gay rights? It’s absolutely unrelated. Diseases and illnesses don’t pick on a particular group of people.

    DADT, on the other hand, specifically victimizes homosexual people. This is what we should be worrying about. Obama’s lame attempt to excuse his inaction on DADT is yet another example of the President failing us.

  30. mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com says

    RJ “… a progressive…”


    I wish he was 1/2 progressive

    Obama is no progressive he is a Clintonista conservative dem.

    If he was progressive then we would have seen something more along the lines of an FDR new new deal instead of 100% propping up private banks etc. Obama saved capitalism

    A progressive would have nationalized the banks and said enough of the BS. A progressive would have made us at least 1/2 like European democratic socialist countries with full and true national health care, full free college education,

    Hell eisenhower a repub was more progressive on taxes than obama with wanting a 91% tax on all income over 1 mill $

  31. jjasonham says

    Well I guess all a progressive would have to do is magically wave his or her wand and everything you listed would be granted. The president has to answer to no one, right? He works and grants the wishes he wants and chooses to from his throne in a bubble in the white house. Every comment made in here about our failing president seems to be made without context.

  32. Henry Holland says

    “Yeah…because a reasonable parallel to the united states’s divisive political environment is…chechnya…oy… ”

    Oy yourself. People getting killed because of their political beliefs is divisive, a bunch of 60-year old white people waving signs at Tea Party rallies or this protest is a joke in comparison. When HASN’T this country been divisive anyway, it’s just we didn’t have a 24/7 cable news cycle hyping the crap out of everything back when black kids in Little Rock had to be accompanied by National Guard troops just so they could attend school. American drama queens, oy.

    “The one termer assertion is silly on its face. [snip] Who will the republicans put up to run against him?”

    Who said anything about Republicans? I’d vote for Hillary Clinton in a heartbeat if she ran, which there are rumors that she might. Yes, I know it’s not the usual procedure to run against an incumbent. I’ll vote for a block of cheese or a box of rocks before I vote for Obama again.

    “Comments like these are the reasons why moderates are just as weary to vote in any super progressives as they are about teabaggers. The ever present litmus test that no one can ever get a 100% on”

    None of my progressive friends or I have a litmus test. We don’t have a Word document with a checklist of things we DEMAND be done or we won’t vote/contribute, that’s a fantasy spun by Conservadems.

    No, what we want is for the man TO LIVE UP TO THE PROMISES THAT GOT HIM ELECTED. Look, anyone who follows politics knows how the game is played, we know there’s horse-trading done all the time. Barack Obama made EXPLICIT promises to the GLBT community in return for our $$ and time.

    He has shown no inclination to fight for those issues and on gay marriage, he’s flat out opposed to it. In fact when I read that he spent part of his morning calling the team that won that won the WNBA title (the freakin’ WNBA that no sports fan I know takes seriously) instead of working the phones and putting pressure on people on the vote, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    And spare me, he’s the President, he DOES have clout and the ability to say “You don’t vote this way, forget that committee appointment next year”. I don’t give a damn that he uses his kick-ass rhetorical skills to pay lip service to GLBT issues in speeches, I want *proof* that he and his administration are actually doing something.

  33. TANK says

    “Oy yourself. People getting killed because of their political beliefs is divisive, a bunch of 60-year old white people waving signs at Tea Party rallies or this protest is a joke in comparison.”

    I don’t think that’s a reasonable standard to deny the crippling polarization that has handicapped congress. You sound like a bubbe talking about the starving children in Ehfrica to instill some misguided sense of complacency.

    “When HASN’T this country been divisive anyway, it’s just we didn’t have a 24/7 cable news cycle hyping the crap out of everything back when black kids in Little Rock had to be accompanied by National Guard troops just so they could attend school. American drama queens, oy.”

    This country wasn’t so divided when people off the boats were given instructions on who to vote for, and if they didn’t, they’d get their legs broken or worse.