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Watch: Activists Protest Obama With Chants At Boston Rally

During a rally in Boston yesterday, a group of gay rights activists and AIDS research supporters interrupted a speech from President Obama while he was stumping for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Reportedly chants included "Mr. President, stop the bigotry! Support marriage equality!," "Do you also oppose Atheist Marriage?," and "Would
you want a Civil Union?"

Mediaite reports on the incident, which seemed to noticeably agitate the president:

"The President appeared uncharacteristically upset as, mid-sentence, a group of folks in the crowd began to loudly object to his speech as he described the work his administration had done for AIDS research. As the crowd turned their heads up to look at the hecklers, President Obama followed as well, and modified his speech for them, menacingly pointing his finger up at them as he warned that a Republican leadership would be extremely destructive to their cause. After raising his voice mid-sentence in response to them, President Obama continued: “One of the great things about being a Democrat is, we like arguing with each other. But to the folks concerned about AIDS funding, I would say ‘take a look at what the Republican leadership has to say about AIDS funding.’”

Watch a clip of the incident from MSNBC as well as a POV clip from the crowd, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. "Vote for us -- we suck less!"

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 17, 2010 11:51:33 AM

  2. While his words are true (take a look at what the republicans would do) that really hurts.

    He recognizes and understands that we're screwed more with them (since they'll hurt us), so he can simply do nothing until it is politically advantageous for him to do so.


    Posted by: Joe | Oct 17, 2010 11:54:39 AM

  3. I remember a few weeks back when Jon Stewart asked the Dem party chairman if their campaign slogan was going to be, essentially, "We Suck Less Than the Republicans." And that's exactly what it's been across the board.


    They actually DO have quite a bit of stuff they could run on. They are terrible at communicating it. Sheesh.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 17, 2010 12:02:15 PM

  4. Once again, the message from the top is, "You're not going to get any better treatment, so sit in the back of the bus."

    Posted by: Ron | Oct 17, 2010 12:07:46 PM

  5. Anyone know what' up with the "Barry Soetoro" in the title of the second clip?

    Posted by: Kugel | Oct 17, 2010 12:09:57 PM

  6. Fuck Obama - he is such a douche. I think he will go down alongside Bush as the worst president ever. Tell me oh Barry - what the hell difference it would be if the Rethugnantcans were in power. You have done pretty much nothing for gay people.

    Posted by: Kent Peterson | Oct 17, 2010 12:13:18 PM

  7. Yes, the repugnacants would be worse; we elected you, Mr Obama, because you were going to right the wrongs foisted on us by the previous administration. Why must I remain a second-class citizen? The courts have spoken and ruled that DADT and Prop 8 are unconstitutional and still you sit on your hands.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Oct 17, 2010 12:16:17 PM

  8. Kugel: Anyone who wants to demean the president by pointing out his African ancestry and "real name" (because, you know, we're not allowed to change whether we like to be called by nicknames or that means we're Chicago con artists and African Socialists) does that

    I agree with Zlick 100%. The Dems DO suck less. A LOT LESS. And they DO have stuff they could have run on. But they have blown their messaging, and that sits squarely on President Obama's shoulders. He acts like he's too good to get manipulative and down and dirty with messaging. This is politics; nobody is too good. And the Dems will suffer for it, and gay people in particular are looking at some grim times because of it.

    It's a free-ish country, but I can't imagine wasting my energy attacking the Democrats now over AIDS funding. All it does right now is help weaken them (probably not much; most people tune out protests unless there is a broad consensus that the protesters are right) and help strengthen the people who want us dead.

    Obama and some of the Dems have been weak on gay issues and have made mistakes, but I'm not with the scorched-earth crowd that's against them. I'm for pressuring and persuading but not for giving up and saying "Fuck it!" which is what voting against the Democrats means—in my opinion—on social AND economic issues.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Oct 17, 2010 12:20:28 PM

  9. Actually Obama has done more for gay people than any President ever has. That is the literal truth.

    Sure, he has not done enough but what he has done is more than any other President.

    Obama signed the Hate Crimes bill which is the FIRST FEDERAL law that extends protections to gays.

    And he issued a directive banning hospitals from discriminating against gay couples in respect to hospital visitation rights. Sure, its a directive and not a law but its pushing things forward.

    He has gotten top Military brass to speak out against DADT. That is at least some progress.

    Obama has said that being gay is not a choice and is not a sin. What other President has even said that? Words matter and leaders can help change cultures with their words.

    Posted by: Josh | Oct 17, 2010 12:21:37 PM

  10. The telling thing here is the response from the overall audience.

    In short, your lives mean nothing to the majority of Democrats, nor do your or their bullied children. As long as I get mine, is now the mantra of the Democratic constituents and until they are called out on their own deplorable, despicable behavior, you will get NOTHING.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Oct 17, 2010 12:24:00 PM

  11. I will be voting for Democrats this November, but this asshole has lost my support. I will vote third party before he gets my vote. I will not 'suck it up' for better than the bad guys.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 17, 2010 12:24:58 PM

  12. Why does he come to Boston, we supported Hillary and Patrick's days are numbered. I'm sure he can a job as a interior decorator though.

    Posted by: Name: | Oct 17, 2010 12:33:19 PM

  13. yes Dems r better than repubs and that is the cold hard fact

    BUT the cold hard fact is not the wisest way to motivate people to vote

    people/ human condition NEEDS the carrot/ positive reasons for the best motivation to act

    The stick of "We r better than repubs" though 100% true is not the best motivator

    Posted by: | Oct 17, 2010 12:34:22 PM

  14. PS

    LOL Kent

    Obviously u never voted for Obama to begin with and ur either Ken mehlman or his butt boy

    Posted by: | Oct 17, 2010 12:36:40 PM

  15. grow up people and keep the big picture. this is the same lazy thinking that elected george bush over al gore. many democrats are like childish lovers, breaking up on the first or second fight. if you don't like something that the president is doing -- especially going through such a slow and cautious process on DADT -- send him emails or complain. but be under no illusions, the GOP pretty much hates us and will do everything to screw us out of our rights.

    i am continuing to put pressure on obama on LGBT issues. but i am very clear who are my enemies and who are my friends

    Posted by: joe | Oct 17, 2010 12:41:59 PM

  16. The midterm elections are not the time for those who believe in liberal and progressive ideals to fight each other. The republicans are already set to take over the House so we need get out the vote as much as possible.

    That is why even conservatives/republicans/tea party are so strong even in the minority. They stick together.

    Those who sit at home and don't vote don't deserve the rights they are bitching about.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 17, 2010 12:52:13 PM

  17. Where is the leadership from Democrats? We need them to change things NOW and YEARS AGO not just perpetually after the next election. Seriously, why is that media stories on gay kids killing themselves or gays dying from AIDS is what it finally takes to get Dems talking?? Gay kids and adults have been dying for decades, and even today in 2010 they've not stepped up leadership to fight against anti-gay, evil bias. If we elect Dems again, are we going to see any change at all, still, or are courts still going to be the only things giving American gay citizens their freedoms finally?

    Posted by: X | Oct 17, 2010 12:54:09 PM

  18. "'Oh oh, Boston, you're my home"

    (well, I live near Boston anyway)
    (song is "Dirty Water" by The Standells)

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 17, 2010 12:56:45 PM

  19. By the way, to Josh: Obama may have signed the Hate Crimes bill, but that started when BUSH was President. How can Obama claim that as an accomplishment when a notably anti-gay President before him started that?

    Posted by: X | Oct 17, 2010 12:57:52 PM

  20. I think the thing that has frustrated me the most, in regards to Pres. Obama & his lack of "fierce advocacy" regarding LGBT causes is the fact that he promised us the sun, moon, & stars when he was courting our votes during the presedential election. However, now that he's in office, he hasn't backed up his promises.Like the old cliche says: Either put up or shut up. Stop telling us you're going to have DADT repealed on your watch...and then instruct the DOJ to appeal the judge's ruling that it's unconstitional.Don't have your spokeswoman Valerie Jarred state that the Minnesota teen who committed suicide last month made a "lifestyle choice" his parents accepted, but the school he attended did not; instead, mandate that the Dept. of Education pass & enforce the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Don't just expand hospital visitation for same-sex couples...publicly acknowledge that same-sex couples deserve ALL the same rights that their heterosexual counterparts possess. In short, Obama needs to be the "fierce advocate" for the LGBT community that he told us he would be if elected president...he needs to honor his promises.

    Posted by: Frederick | Oct 17, 2010 1:14:48 PM

  21. this up coming election is going to be a disaster. obama is lying to us but the republicans are actually preaching hate of LGBT people. look at their canidates paladino, odonnell , buck they go out of their way to say we sick and perverted. i have never voted dem in my life but will do so this time. just as a vote against the repuk canidates in the race. obama has not lived up to promises but unfortunately this is not the time for sitting on our hands. the result could be disastereous. the vote this time is more important than ever.withold money and volunteering but not the vote.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 17, 2010 1:18:39 PM

  22. Let's hear it for our Boston patriots! Whoo Hoo! I'm done with Obama, and I' glad he's visibly upset with these protests. . .as there's a real dissonance between what he thinks he's accomplished and what's actually been accomplished. Anyone name a single case in the past year where the Hate Crimes legislation has actually been used? Not even in the New York case does it appear to be effective, so what's the use of it if the government won't employ the law? I agree with those who feel that Obama is basically saying the GOP is really anti-gay, and the Democrats are just less anti-gay. Regardless, neither party is on our side, so I'm only voting for those who through their actions actually are trying to build and extend equality for my rights as a US citizen. Our ruling class has lost its connection to the people they serve, so will only support candidates who actually take positive action on our behalf. Earn my trust, and then you'll earn my vote.

    Posted by: Keith | Oct 17, 2010 1:26:17 PM

  23. Does anybody else find it irritating that Obama completely ignored the actual issue the protesters were raising? "We want equal rights." "But Republicans are bad with AIDS!" That's not what we we're pissed off about, Mr. President.

    The thing that makes me feel the most hopeless is that I know I'll vote for Obama again, as I will every other Democrat on the national level. Why? Because they really do suck less. And until we get a system of proportional representation in this country, that's the choice that we're all going to have to make, ad infinitum.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 17, 2010 1:31:17 PM

  24. We have the same issue in the UK but we're more realistic. Vote DEMS.

    Posted by: Rowan | Oct 17, 2010 1:40:06 PM

  25. @Rowan - at least your country is willing to deal with the issue! Can you imagine any two opposing parties forming a coalition in the US? It seems that your politicians are more willing to act like adults to solve endemic problems.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 17, 2010 1:47:51 PM

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