President Obama Knocks GOP Debate Booing of Gay Soldier

President Obama took aim at his Republican opponents in a speech at a fundraiser in San Jose, California last night on a variety of topics, The Hill reports:

Obama "I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately?" Obama said. "You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change…It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay."

The President said voters should back him if they believe in a "fact-based" America and said also of the booing: "That's not reflective of who we are."

He also took aim at Rick Perry, the WaPo reports:

“Has anybody been watching the debates lately?” Obama asked a crowd of about 300 at the home of Symantec Chairman John Thompson and his wife, Sandi. “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change.”

The president was referring to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose state has been ravaged by wildfires that have been so bad that Obama called him a few weeks ago to offer federal assistance.


  1. Dback says

    And lo, the warrior emergeth.

    He’s absolutely right on all those counts. It kind of sucks that he can’t win the election just on his own administration’s merits and has to keep spotlighting the GOP’s glaring deficiencies, but if that’s what it takes to get swing voters back, so be it.

  2. bruce says

    I thought the reference to the booing of the soldier was good but not the one about global warming and the Texas fires. I mean, fires have been occurring for millions of years. For Obama to draw a bow between man-made global warming (which is debatable) and the fires is pure stupidity.

    I’m sorry but the President lost me on that one.

  3. say what says


    But the texas wild fires going on right now are a major deal especially since Gov science denier has also cut the state budget for fire emergencies and park management. His only solution was to ask people to pray for rain

    It is very relevant and something Obama should beat perry over the head with

  4. jason says


    I’m not denying that there is a drought in Texas. However, I’m questioning whether it and the fires can be linked to man-made global warming. In my view, they can’t.

    Texas has always had droughts. They come and go in cycles. Obama sought to make capital from a questionable theory (global warming) and its supposed role in causing fires.

    I truly think Obama is losing the plot as President.

  5. says

    It is good to see the strong leader return. President Obama seems rejuvenated and powerful and ready to attack and ridicule. He is again pushing a strong agenda and speaking clearly about what he wants for his country. He appears to have regained his energy and charisma. I admire this side of him, and he helps me feel better as an American.

  6. Rico says

    Hey Bruce, I’ve been in Austin since 89, and never seen anything like this. It’s the hottest summer we’ve ever had since measurements began in the early 1900’s. We’ve had 86 days of 100+ degree heat this year. Average for Austin is 13.5. It is speculative to state that global warming is the cause, but for you to state that this is a normal cycle is patently false.
    True we have droughts in Texas, but this is unprecedented. An alteration of some sort is happening here, the local climate has been dramatically different the last couple of summers. I can only hope this is a short lived cycle because a ton of our trees and wildlife in Austin are dying.
    The weather pattern change may not be global warming related, but it is serious and people should take notice and be very concerned. Our major reservoir is now at 40% capacity. Another year like this and we could actually run out of water….the whole city…so yeah it’s a big deal and it is anything but normal.

  7. Rico says

    Also, just FYI, global warming caused by humans may be a theory at this point, but the current trend of global warming is a fact.
    Global surface temperatures are rising as is the temperature of the oceans to several hundred meters in depth while there is an overall melting of ice and permafrost.
    Sea levels are rising (actually accelerating).
    We know this after years of measurements from Meteorologists, climatologists, geologists, oceanographers etc…

  8. Robert in NYC says

    Well, let’s hope all the red states reject federal aid for every disaster. Can’t have that big government helping out now can we? By the way, Rick Perry took $6 billion from the stimulus package. Nobody said a damn thing about it, the hypocrites that they are in the GOP and there loony Civil Libertarian/Tea Party scumbaggers.

  9. anon says

    Actually, the oops here was Obama blaming voters in the audience (unless they were activists brought in by the candidates themselves–but he didn’t say that). Voters are like customers, and are never wrong. They can vote on whatever basis they so choose, so it’s bad form to criticize them. It would be like saying to a voter: vote for me or you’re an a**hole. It doesn’t work very well.

  10. RJ says

    @ANON… You think any of those audience members would ever vote for Obama? He’s after the swing voters, the independents and disillusioned and demoralized Democrat voters. He was completely correct in his strategy by calling out those booing the gay soldier and those applauding the possible death of someone for not having healthcare coverage.

  11. Michael Bedwell says

    AMEN REBEL! A handful of redneck Repugs boo a gay soldier [OF COURSE, they’re hopeless pigs], their spineless, sleazy candidates more or less go along with it [OF COURSE, they’re hopeless pigs]—but it pales next to the fact that Obama is STILL insisting that DADT was “constitutional,” STILL trying to kill the ONE thing that could prevent one of these jerks from bringing back a ban [the LCR ruling], and STILL denying gay & lesbian service members equality IN the military NOW. HE’s doing REAL damage while they’re merely blowing smoke out their hopeless asses. So WHERE’s the appropriate ANGER and PROTEST of that?

  12. Paul R says

    I agree that Obama shouldn’t have attacked the audiences for booing—they were probably told to do so. He should have attacked the loser candidates who didn’t say that the booing was profoundly wrong.

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