Now this is a political diva match-up that would make any gay man drool: Michelle Obama vs. Cindy McCain.
Michelle Obama: â€œFor the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country,â€ she told a Milwaukee crowd today, â€œand not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.â€
Cindy McCain: â€œI always have been and will always be extremely proud of my country. I have led an extremely fortunate life. It was nothing more than that. I am just extremely proud to be an American.â€
You go, Cindy! I do wonder what is sooooooooooooo bad about America that Mrs. Obama hasn’t been proud of her country until the year 2008? Hmmmmm.(Can we nominate Cindy McCain instead of John?)
UPDATE (from Dan): Remember, Bruce, a vote for John McCain is a vote to make Cindy First Lady and to keep Michelle (& Bill) as a Senate wife.
While finishing a book I’ve been reading I was reminded of comments by Dan (GayPatriotWest) in a previous podcast on the subject of Vice President Dick Cheney’s viewsÂ about the ban against gays serving in the military.Â What really stuck in my mind was Dan’s belief that Cheney while SecDef under the Bush 41 Administration had called it an “old chestnut”, something I hadn’t recalled from that time.Â I was pleased to come across more about Cheney’s views and actions on this during his tenure as SecDef in Shilts’ book which is the reason behind the following post…One of the more interesting aspects of Randy Shilts’ book Conduct Unbecoming that I have finally finished reading, are some of the people mentioned and their roles involving gays in the military. This is especialy true of Shilts’ telling of the mostly hostile atmosphere during the 1970s & 80s. Some of the people wouldn’t achieve much attention until years later, while others were already at the height of their fame and power. From Senator Sam Nunn, Democrat from Georgia who pressured a decorated Vietnam veteran that served on his staff to seek other employment because he was gay (pp.390-391), to then-Colonel Peter Pace who sought to have charges pressed against two Marines that had participated in an attack on patrons of a gay bar in Washington, DC (p.721). Nunn a few years later of course would infamously mount a fierce opposition to President Bill Clinton’s plan to repeal the ban against gays in military, while General Pace as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stirred up controversy with some seemingly anti-gay remarks during an interview. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, is the role of then-SecDef Dick Cheney, who currently serves as Vice President admired by some some and reviled by others. While Cheney could hardly be considered a champion for gay rights, neither was he “homophobic” or antagonistic towards homosexuals either. It’s possible that his love for his lesbian daughter Mary Cheney may have been behind some of this. It is notable that he strongly defended his daughter when her sexual orientation became a political issue many years after he headed DoD and Vice President Cheney would publicly express support for same-sex unions. In the early 1990s, blatant hostility against homosexuals in uniform was rampant among top leaders in the Defense Department, which caused Cheney a number of difficulties during his tenure as SecDef. (more…)