These activists are “STARTING TO NOTICE that Obama is not about to do anything for them.”
So it seems that not all gay and lesbian activists are bowing and scraping to this Democratic President, some are speaking out about his inaction on issues near and dear to their hearts. According to Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin at Politico:
Gay rights campaigners, most of them Democrats who supported Obama in November, have begun to voice their public frustration with Obama’s inaction, small jokes at their community’s expense and deafening silence on what they see as the signal civil rights issue of this era.
Simply put, the White House prefers political expediency to principle:
The White House has been reluctant to spend its political capital pushing Obama’s highest-profile pro-gay positions believing, White House allies say, that it could detract from priorities like health care. And it may be even less likely to do next year, with midterms approaching.
With Barack Obama, it’s all about getting and retaining power for himself and his partisans.
Some new kind of politics. Kudos to those gay activists who are calling him out and taking him to task for his failure to follow through on his campaign promises.