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Obama Will Not Be Issuing a List of Promises to LGBT People for the 2012 Election

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Prompted by a question from the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney indicated that Obama would not be issuing a list of promises to the LGBT community as he did during the 2008 election campaign.

Said Carney during a briefing yesterday: 

"I don’t anticipate reissuing a list.  I think his position on a number of issues has been clear and his accomplishments on a number of issues have been clear.  So as is true with a number of the goals he set forward during his campaign and in the first two-plus years of his administration, remains those that are unfinished.  As he’s been saying a lot lately we still have a lot of work to do and we’re not done yet.  And so I think that he will remain committed to a number of policy objectives that haven’t been achieved yet."

Carney continued that the President "remains committed" to the agenda of LGBT issues he has already set forward.

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  1. It's predictable and sad that many LGBT voters will rationalize another vote for Obama under the battered-wife theory that it will be different this time, he really loves us, if I just give him another chance, etc.

    How about finding a better Democrat for 2012?

    Posted by: Max | Apr 26, 2011 8:48:14 AM


  2. Obama needs to fire his press staff and image consultants. For the last three years he has come across as unfocused and noncommittal, not the best qualities for a leader to be identified with. If he wants to be elected again he is going to have to start making some major changes in his image, be more specific about his commitments, and more forceful. We need to be able trust him and playing the political "shady car salesman" is not winning anyone over, gay or straight. If he stays on this road... Goodbye Mr. Obama. Your presidential achievements will be nothing but a minor footnote in history.

    Posted by: Bryant | Apr 26, 2011 8:50:15 AM


  3. Nor does he need to, point end of discussion.

    Posted by: TEAMOBAMA2012 | Apr 26, 2011 9:05:06 AM


  4. He hardly kept to any of the promises he made in 2008. DADT was repealed, granted, but the only reason for this was that we in the GLBT community kicked up a huge stink.

    Overall, I don't think Obama is committed to any gay rights legislation in the future.

    Posted by: brian | Apr 26, 2011 9:10:22 AM


  5. They're all the same. Some are more "polite" about their indifference than others.

    Never forget it was Bill Clinton who gave us DOMA.

    Make any vote you cast local. No Republican must be left standing.

    As for POTUS, Obama will coast to a second term without breaking a sweat.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 26, 2011 9:18:31 AM


  6. what choice do LGBT people have come 2012? NO WAY in Hell would I ever - ever - ever Vote GOP...EVER!

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Apr 26, 2011 9:24:04 AM


  7. Ultimately, the most important thing Obama will do regarding the LGBT community long term will rest with his court appointments. That alone makes him a better than any serious candidate in the field.

    As for a list of promises, he can issue all he wants. Very little in favor of us will be done with the current makeup in the House.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 26, 2011 9:27:59 AM


  8. I'm glad to see that people are finally realizing that Obama is no friend to the gay community. The court appointments and DADT are just throwing us bones so we "shut up" for a minute. It's not like every case that comes before a judge is a gay rights case. And the fact that judges are gay should not matter. Pick the best person for the job.

    Obama had control of the entire congress for 2 years and he did nothing for us. They got all their pet projects done and left us in the dust.

    And remember people, as much as you hate it, 40% of the country (give or take) are conservative compared to less than 30% liberal (again, give or take, depending on the poll, day, etc). Therefore we NEED some conservatives to be on our side. And there are some that are. However, the conservative movement now is very focused on the economy. Not social issues. We can catch more flies with honey. Stop broadcasting your hatred for the right and maybe we can have a civilized conversation with them.

    Posted by: BC | Apr 26, 2011 9:44:03 AM


  9. The support of Obama by gay people & other sexual minorities, for a second term as President... "continues to evolve"

    lol

    But seriously, all politicians want to stay on the down-low with the gays b/c America is still completely homophobic & association w/ us makes a great snippet for political ads aimed at knuckleheads.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Apr 26, 2011 9:46:50 AM


  10. @David Ehrenstein: "Never forget it was Bill Clinton who gave us DOMA."

    You're either too young to remember, or too ignorant to correctly recall the facts. Clinton was faced with a Congress hostile to gay rights. It was either DOMA or legislation to enact a Federal constitutional amendment proclaiming marriage to be between a man and a woman. There was no third choice.

    So in that context, Clinton did the right thing by signing DOMA. He hurt us in the short term to protect us in the long-term. It's much easier to repeal DOMA than a federal constitutional amendment. So...cut him some slack.

    Posted by: jay_max | Apr 26, 2011 9:53:30 AM


  11. "However, the conservative movement now is very focused on the economy. Not social issues."

    What planet are you living on? Delusionus? Here in the real world the "conservative" moment is focused on setting back any and all gay rights. The economy is what they pretended to be interested in before the 2010 election.

    The 2012 Republican presidential candidate WILL be anti-gay. It is a requirement to get through the Republican primary process. By comparison, Obama will be the pro-gay candidate by a mile. And, given the sad roster of Republicans currently hinting at a run (President Trump/Bachmann/Huckabee/Pawlenty/Palin anyone?), Obama will be reelected without breaking a sweat. In other words, sanity will prevail.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 26, 2011 10:03:21 AM


  12. @david ehrenstein said: local (and state) races are more important than ever. While we focused on a President who would be out (cough) fierce advocate (CUE: crickets) Republicans have been subverting us in state legislatures around the country. Wanna graduate high school? Be prepared to memorize Genesis.

    Posted by: Rich | Apr 26, 2011 10:14:08 AM


  13. "You're either too young to remember"

    Haha! Yeh, no.

    Posted by: dave | Apr 26, 2011 10:20:48 AM


  14. Color me unsurprised. Clearly he doesn't want to give us any more fodder for pointing out his complete failure to be even an advocate for our issues, much less a fierce advocate. "Farce advocate" is more like it.

    If Obama wants my vote next year, he's going to have to earn it. The old-fashioned way: by delivering on some of the promises he DID make in 2008. So far, his record of achievement is so minuscule, you'd need an electron microscope to read it.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 26, 2011 10:22:00 AM


  15. While all the experts proclaim that anti-gay stances are no long the catalyst they once were 8 years ago, and while poll after poll reflects that, Obama, in his infinite wisdom, runs to the right... Again.

    Posted by: The Realist | Apr 26, 2011 10:34:57 AM


  16. Ezra Klein: “Obama, if you look closely at his positions, is a moderate Republican of the early 1990s.”

    http://climateprogress.org/2011/04/26/klein-obama-moderate-republican/

    Posted by: kc | Apr 26, 2011 10:55:37 AM


  17. You're either too young to remember, or too ignorant to correctly recall the facts. Clinton was faced with a Congress hostile to gay rights. It was either DOMA or legislation to enact a Federal constitutional amendment proclaiming marriage to be between a man and a woman. There was no third choice.

    So in that context, Clinton did the right thing by signing DOMA. He hurt us in the short term to protect us in the long-term. It's much easier to repeal DOMA than a federal constitutional amendment. So...cut him some slack.

    POSTED BY: JAY_MAX | APR 26, 2011 9:53:30 AM

    Miss Jay Max-Wrong Factor...WTF are you talking about?

    Some of you queens will have ANY excuse for Bill Clinton. The bottom line is this. If he was really for us he would have vetoed the bill regardless how rabid the right was. At least we would have known that he tried. He didn't he signed it and moved on CHILD PLEASE.

    And Hillary is STILL against Gay Marriage. So please ain't no one trying to eat that dumb rotted plated of shyt you just quoted!

    Bottom line just don't vote for him and be done with it! Life is going to go on for him and you too!

    Posted by: chris DaChocolatebearcub | Apr 26, 2011 10:55:44 AM


  18. Bulldog Bill Daley and team.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2011 11:02:57 AM


  19. @Chris Dachocolatebearcub

    Name calling is so mature. What are you, 15?

    Vetoing DOMA would not have ended it in Congress. We would have then ended up with much harsher legislation. I'm not happy he signed it, but I understand why. What's sad is that your blind hatred for the Clintons (who are far from perfect) has twisted your view of history. Sad.

    Posted by: jaymax | Apr 26, 2011 11:47:59 AM


  20. No new slate of empty promises? Darn.

    I don't have time to wait for Obama's gradual "evolution." I'm voting for a candidate who's already sufficiently evolved to recognize my full humanity and full citizenship.

    Unlike Democrats, the Greens have always been committed to our full equality. I'll probably go there.

    P.S.
    Jay-Max,

    Clinton bragged about signing DOMA. He even ran campaign ads on religious radio stations touting how he'd carried their water on that issue.

    Clinton is a hypocrite and a coward. Spare us the DNC propaganda.

    Posted by: the crustybastard | Apr 26, 2011 12:31:07 PM


  21. Obama never promised the LGBT community the first time around and he certainly HAS NOT delivered. He has no balls. Period.
    Fire him.

    Posted by: luke | Apr 26, 2011 12:33:08 PM


  22. Good for him, people want him to focus on the economy. There is nothing he can do for gay marriage anyway.

    Posted by: MickW | Apr 26, 2011 12:36:48 PM


  23. @chris DaChocolatebearcub You do remember that DOMA was passed by a veto-proof margin, right? House: 342-67, Senate: 85-14

    Posted by: Vince | Apr 26, 2011 12:48:21 PM


  24. @ BC,

    BC: "I'm glad to see that people are finally realizing that Obama is no friend to the gay community." [And you're going to argue that the Republicans are? Obama stopped defending DOMA, and the Republicans are falling all over themselves in their haste to defend it.]

    BC: "The court appointments and DADT are just throwing us bones..." [How can anyone claim that appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court are bones? The Supreme Court will likely decide the fate of marriage equality, and Obama's picks (Sotomayor and Kagan) are the most pro-equality members on the court. DADT was a bone? That's not even worth responding to.]

    BC: Therefore we NEED some conservatives to be on our side. And there are some that are."
    [A couple libertarian-style "conservatives" in the SF Bay area and eastern Massachusetts, and that's it.]

    BC: "However, the conservative movement now is very focused on the economy. Not social issues." [This is simply delusional. The Republicans in Congress are gay-baiting every chance they get. Gay-baiting is shaping up to be a major Republican strategy for 2012.]

    BC, you're so blinded by your hate for Obama that you can't think logically. Read the above points and think it through again.

    Posted by: Phil | Apr 26, 2011 12:55:18 PM


  25. @ The Crustybastard,

    Your quote: "Unlike Democrats, the Greens have always been committed to our full equality. I'll probably go there."

    I respect your sense of principle, as long as you understand that voting for the Greens in the presidential race is the functional equivalent of not voting.

    Posted by: Phil | Apr 26, 2011 1:01:45 PM


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