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Watch: Dan Savage Responds to Obama's 'It Gets Better' Message

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CNN's American Morning spoke with Dan Savage, who started the 'It Gets Better' project, about President Obama's message to bullied gay youth.

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  1. Dan was great. A+ for him!!!

    He highlighted a very important mistake in Obama's message: the assumption that suicidal kids know where they can turn. They rarely do. Just more proof that Mr. Change and his minions just don't get it.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Oct 23, 2010 8:58:05 AM


  2. What's amazing about this is that Dan Savage and Dan Choi have Barack Obama on the defensive. I can't think of a time when gay activists have wielded so much power over an American president.

    Obama's "It Gets Better" video was purely reactive. He never would have done it without the pressure. And the spinning he's been doing over DADT is just plain desperate.

    The maturity and strength both Dans have been demonstrating lately is truly impressive. Our fierce advocate could learn a lot by watching them.

    Posted by: Trev | Oct 23, 2010 9:48:01 AM


  3. Thank goodness Dan is so on message -- so that he can correct the anchor when he says something as boneheaded as "Do you think these high-profile suicides have helped [the It Gets Better] campaign?" Remember that this is the same anchor who asked Will Phillips (BTW: a truly fierce advocate), "What's a gaywad?" This is the best that CNN can do? Again, thank goodness Dan was able to get back to the point.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Oct 23, 2010 10:20:16 AM


  4. Excellent, so glad to hear that our issues are being addressed in a way that isn't simply arguing for more aids funding. Now we are advocating for respect instead, and it's helping.

    Posted by: ty | Oct 23, 2010 10:50:03 AM


  5. dan savage is a great spokesman for the gay community.

    Posted by: steven | Oct 23, 2010 11:53:30 AM


  6. OK, starting 'It Gets Better' is one thing...but holding the president/media/us accountable to the point...THAT'S impressive. Bravo, Dan -- and thank you!

    Posted by: Todd | Oct 23, 2010 11:56:01 AM


  7. I'm so proud that Dan spoke to the concerns so eloquently, so calmly, and with so much class. Thank you for your hard work on this, Dan!

    Posted by: RCS | Oct 23, 2010 12:13:53 PM



  8. NURSE: "What beautiful flowers! Who sent them to you?"

    ANSWER: "The man who put me in the hospital."

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Oct 23, 2010 12:13:54 PM


  9. Isn't defending DOMA and DSDT acts of bullying? I don't see a difference between abuse in high schools and abuse written into our laws.

    Posted by: Mathew | Oct 23, 2010 12:39:42 PM


  10. The video finally played for me (Verizon Fios is NOT all that great, at times) and I think everything Dan said was honest and to the point, especially his reminder that GLBT kids do NOT always have an adult they can talk to. Only a deliberate fool would think that.

    As for Obama, once again he's shown himself to be nothing but an opportunistic feather blowing in the wind. When the breeze goes right, he goes right; when the breeze goes left, he goes left; same for up, down sideways, backwards, forwards, you name it.

    I'm not voting for the SOB in 2012. I'll vote Green, instead. And I sincerely hope it's Dan Savage who runs.

    Posted by: Kyle Michel Sullivan | Oct 23, 2010 12:58:30 PM


  11. Dan Savage is just jealous because Barack Obama is a bigger bullsh*t artist than he is.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Oct 23, 2010 1:44:27 PM


  12. It's refreshing to see that complete idiots who have nothing constructive to offer, nevertheless insist on annoying others with their blather. Instead of bitch-bitch-bitching, Dan Savage starts a program to reassure and encourage vulnerable young gay, and even convinces celebrities and major public figures to join "It Gets Better." In contrast we have "Stuffed Animal," an ignoramus who is a complete waste of oxygen and bandwidth.

    Posted by: wimsy | Oct 23, 2010 2:15:50 PM


  13. Dan's response was excellent, but I also agree we need to more actively hold Obama's feet to the fire. Clinton, however, has done everything she can to come through for GLBT Americans: just look at her policies in the State Department.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 24, 2010 9:25:43 AM


  14. Pardon my French, but Dan Savage is a *fucking* hero.

    Posted by: DN | Oct 24, 2010 3:03:37 PM


  15. Sidebar - Can I just say that Dan was most likely in Bloomington, IN - home of Indiana University. CNN moving to fast again.

    Posted by: William | Oct 24, 2010 3:47:12 PM


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