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

    DON'T ASK, DON'T GIVE

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6006/t/5410/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=727

    "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.

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 23, 2010 1:23:47 AM


  2. 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

    Posted by: Asher | Sep 23, 2010 2:22:39 AM


  3. Typical Negro. Will say anything to the gays.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 23, 2010 3:25:34 AM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Sep 23, 2010 3:26:36 AM


  5. I can't understand how a gay could vote for a republican!

    Posted by: Dani | Sep 23, 2010 3:43:17 AM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 23, 2010 7:44:32 AM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 23, 2010 8:52:48 AM


  8. RJ "... a progressive..."

    ROFLMAO

    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 $

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Sep 23, 2010 10:35:39 AM


  9. On a side note... Who is that in the center of the photograph?

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 23, 2010 10:43:25 AM


  10. 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.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Sep 23, 2010 11:57:59 AM


  11. "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.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Sep 23, 2010 1:34:21 PM


  12. "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.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 23, 2010 1:54:43 PM


  13. The Obamacrats even come here. For what? As if that is going to make any difference!

    Too funny!

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 23, 2010 2:38:37 PM


  14. @FunMe

    How very schoolyard cliquey of you. That's another place where discourse is never welcome.

    Posted by: jjasonham | Sep 23, 2010 10:24:07 PM


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