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Two Words Missing from Obama’s HRC Speech

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:27 pm - October 12, 2009.
Filed under: Freedom,Gay Politics,Obama and Gay Issues

While working on a piece on Obama and gays for Pajamas, I had the chance to read a transcript of the President’s speech this past Saturday to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  While he uses the word, “equality,” five times.  He never once speaks either the word, “freedom,” or its synonym, “liberty.”



  1. Obama’s War Frontline PBS Oct 13th Video Marines.

    Does this mean PBS is now an arm of the Republican Party?

    Comment by keyboard jockey — October 12, 2009 @ 9:14 pm - October 12, 2009

  2. Obama could end DADT tomorrow, with a simple executive decision, but he refuses. The gay left continues to believe any word this jerk says; when will they realize that they’ve been thrown under the bus.

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — October 13, 2009 @ 1:12 am - October 13, 2009

  3. The other two words missing from Obama’s HRC speech: “You Lie!”

    Comment by Sean A — October 13, 2009 @ 1:36 am - October 13, 2009

  4. when will they realize that they’ve been thrown under the bus.

    Probably 2 November 2010 and then again on 6 November 2012.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 13, 2009 @ 2:11 am - October 13, 2009

  5. Some other words that were conveniently missing from Obama’s speech are words that he has used several times before.

    For example, these words:
    ” I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman”

    Or these words:
    “”I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

    The reason he did not include them is because he was lying when he said them. He knows he was lying, liberals know he was lying. A great number of Americans voted for him because they believed his lies.

    But thats what liberals do. They lie. Just as they are lying now when they say their health care plan will not lead to nationalized health care. They know it will, they wrote it with that specific purpose.

    There is simply no such thing as an honest liberal.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 13, 2009 @ 3:47 am - October 13, 2009

  6. John, DADT was a law passed by Congress. Obama, like him or loathe him, could no more repeal DADT than he could repeal theTax Code. Only Congress assembled could do that.

    Now, if you’re asking why, when both houses of Congress have been in Democrat hands since the 2006 elections, no serious support to the repeal of DADT has been offered by the majority Party… and why gay activists have been just letting that one slide… now that’s a different kettle of hagfish.

    Comment by DaveP. — October 13, 2009 @ 7:59 am - October 13, 2009

  7. As long as DADT and ENDA remain as PIN-codes to the G/L ATM-machine for the Democratic Party, the Democrats are going to drag their feet and continue to make empty promises and insincere protestations of “sympathy” for your plight.

    Comment by Ted B. — October 13, 2009 @ 10:11 am - October 13, 2009

  8. Dan, I wouldn’t expect –nor should conservative gays expect or anticipate– Obama to use freedom or liberty to discuss gay rights. It has been framed as an equality issue, a civil rights issue, a human rights issue.

    Our Founders knew that equality was a very important goal for their new country and, if there’s any one democratic goal that better embraces the wisdom and desires of the Founders, it’s equality. The DofI is awash with it. Lincoln, some four score and 7 yrs later, said it succintly: “…dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

    Freedom and liberty describe the relationship between men and their govt; equality describes a social goal of relations between men.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 13, 2009 @ 1:22 pm - October 13, 2009

  9. Obama rarely if ever uses the word freedom. He uses fairness and equality in their place.

    What did you expect?

    By the way does anyone think President Hillary Clinton would have given such a sorry speech at that dinner?

    Comment by Geena — October 13, 2009 @ 2:10 pm - October 13, 2009

  10. MM, the problem is that President Obama preaches equality of result, but as he shows (Ayers, Rangal, His aunt) some of us are more equal than others.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 13, 2009 @ 9:14 pm - October 13, 2009

  11. I wonder how many times the Big O said “Let me be clear…”

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot — October 13, 2009 @ 11:02 pm - October 13, 2009

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