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Russian Gay Activist Says He Felt 'Let Down' by Meeting with Obama: VIDEO


Euronews reports that at least one of the LGBT activists who met with President Obama yesterday in St. Petersburg felt "let down" by his meeting with the President, because Obama said he had to consider his overall relationship with Russia.

Said Igor Kochetkov of the Russian LGBT Network:

"The President said he can't prioritize human rights in his relationship with Russia because there are other issues as well. I disagree with the President because, in my view, by doing so, we narrow our chances of cooperation in other areas."


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  1. Wow...such vitriol because a guy in a serious situation has the temerity, as reported in the media, to say he disagrees with the president on strategic relations with Russia..

    Did I miss something or do you guys always agree with the president? Or shouldn't you be grateful merely to breath the same air?

    What's disappointing is how quickly you'll shove our own under the bus in defence of your prescious prez... a more measured response might be, I can understand his feelings given the situations in Russia, but not much could be expected from the meeting other than a photo op and nod to show that a world leader cares enough to meet...

    Posted by: JoelD | Sep 7, 2013 7:15:00 PM

  2. This comment thread points out a fact that's been going on here for awhile now. Has this blog been taken over by teenagers?

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Sep 7, 2013 9:06:34 PM

  3. what? seriously? the President of the United States, the most powerful country in the world, meets with gay activists in the face of Putin and this guy is "let down" ... People are insane.

    Posted by: Reality | Sep 7, 2013 10:12:25 PM

  4. Mike is right. Obama is being humiliated. History will remember the worst President, who gave us gays and bad insurance. The sink hole is getting bigger. I'd stand back and shut up.

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 7, 2013 10:27:37 PM

  5. There is no freakin way Mr. Obama ever said he "can't prioritize human rights in his relationship with Russia" . That Russian Nerd is flat out lying!

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 7, 2013 11:10:35 PM

  6. Please, is there any record that President Obama actually said those words? Excuse me if I don't take the word of some cross-eyed Mary.

    Posted by: TruthSerum | Sep 8, 2013 12:11:50 AM

  7. You are a liar Josh.

    Obama is the President who has done the most for gays in this country. It is on record.

    And your bizzare need to bring Obamacare into the conversation just means that you don't really care about Russian LGBT's in the first place. You just want to grind your bagger axe.

    For whatever bizzare reason, no one vaguely pro gay sees actually having a private meeting with the President of the U.S. at a a massive summit, when said president declined to meet with the leader of the host country as a moment of visibility, as a bad thing.

    If he was expecting magic, then he really doesn't know how international politics works.

    No other G20 leader is meeting Russian gay activists. So, the complaints are rather... idiotic.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 8, 2013 12:20:34 AM

  8. We should always remember what President Obama did to DADT:

    1) Vacated a judge's ruling that made DADT unconstitutional
    2) Making it possible for DADT to re-implimented in the future
    3) Made it impossible for those discharged for being gay to be reinstated or to sue for compensation

    Obama has never been a true ally of gays, just a shrewd and devious politician

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 8, 2013 12:21:24 AM

  9. Kevin C you're totally ridiculous. Just consider the fact that under President Obama the veterans are now going to receive benefits. it's also under the President that made the decision that married gay couples, as long as they get married in a state where gay marriage is legal, will be able to file as married.

    No matter how you try to nitpick about it, under this president, gay rights have truly expanded. And the people you side with like the tea party, have mostly spent their time writing articles ridiculing Obama for even brining up gay rights in Russia, that's how low a priority they place it. They would not have even bothered having a conversation of any kind with this Russian activist.

    No matter how many times you post, only a complete moron would buy into your position that the other side would do crap for gay rights.

    Posted by: m.r. | Sep 8, 2013 12:58:54 AM

  10. M.R. Ask Dan Choi. The only thing he wanted was to be reinstated. He never was. Because of Obama, DADT can be re-installed by a future congress or presidential order. Because of Obama, the gay victims of DADT can not sue for discrimination or be reinstated, because they have no standing.

    If Judge Philips order was not vacated by Obama, Dan Choi would have been reinstated.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 8, 2013 1:41:08 AM

  11. Why waste the time of these activists time if all he was going to do was tell them their well being isn't a priority to him and that he won't be taking any meaningful action to help them?

    The answer is of course to make himself look good to gay people and their allies without actually having to do anything.

    Posted by: JMC | Sep 8, 2013 3:24:24 AM

  12. Nobody believes a word he says and he's spent.
    Peggy Noonan is right: what happens to nearly all Presidents in their second term has happened to Obama at an unbelievably accelerated rate. One year into it, to be exact.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 8, 2013 5:24:40 AM

  13. President Obama and his Administration are the best friends that LGBT folks have ever had in those positions. I'm so proud that I got the chance to vote for him twice in his election victories.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 8, 2013 5:38:02 AM

  14. Just like Peggy Noonan was right about Mittens winning in a landslide cause, you know, she could feel it. Nothing against Dan Choi, but he's not really fit to be reinstated. But anyway ...

    The meeting was important. And, more importantly, it brought more attention to the plight of LGBT Russians from a world leader. If Igor wasn't entirely satisfied, that's fine--there is no easy answer when a desperate dictator is in charge, and that creates frustration and hopelessness among those who want change in Russia.

    Such troll foolishness in the comments ...

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 8, 2013 5:51:04 AM


    Posted by: Ankerich | Sep 8, 2013 9:24:25 AM

  16. Well, at least now he knows how the American LGBT community (or at least the thinking part of it) feels about Obama. All talk, no action.

    Posted by: jomicur | Sep 8, 2013 11:31:23 AM

  17. @JOMICUR: Thinking LGBT people know how important Obama has been in advancement of LGBT equality. We overwhelmingly voted for him for President, TWICE! Indeed through words and actions he has been a champion of LGBT equality.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 8, 2013 1:16:58 PM

  18. "Thinking people?"

    Masticating lies over and over again is not "thinking" no matter what you believe troll.

    Some how the astroturfers think their theocratic buddies are friends of gays, when there is NO other presidential administration that has done more for U.S. gays.

    Reality is what's left behind when you stop believing in it and the trolls are definitely living in a delusion. Luckily reality doesn't demand them to believe it to be true.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Sep 8, 2013 4:38:15 PM

  19. I'm not certain what was expected of a US President in Russia...

    Diplomacy is complex, and short term wins can be long term losses, and vice versa.

    It's too bad this Russian activist took this opportunity to show that he doesn't have a grasp of the politics of diplomacy, or the limited influence the President has.

    THis was an opportunity wasted by Russian activists. They have a long way to go before they're effective. Looks like it's going to be a slow learning curve for them at this point, and that's too bad.

    Posted by: Pookie | Sep 8, 2013 6:20:32 PM

  20. The black man must dance like a monkey, he must follow orders, nuances and practicality be damned. How dare the black man say 'no' or 'it's complicated'.

    Posted by: Zeta | Sep 9, 2013 5:42:33 AM

  21. A prominent Russian activist said the other day that at this point there is almost nothing that can be done in Russia to help gay people, short of another Russian revolution (and their track record there is...uh...mixed). The best thing gay Russians can do now? "Get out of the country." Maybe we should be putting our efforts into helping create and "underground railroad" or asylum plan in place for gay Russians who are bailing for America, and need places to stay, job leads, people who speak the language, etc.

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 9, 2013 8:00:28 PM

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