Obama gave a speech to Human Rights Campaign (the HRC is the largest LGBT political action committee in the USA) this weekend. Overall, I must say that I did not have high hopes for this speech and Obama even managed to fall well below those expectations. He said all the right things. He pledged to end don’t ask don’t tell. However, he gave no timeline for when any of these developments will occur – and that is the disappointment. Now, I understand that Obama came into office with a lot on his plate. I by no means expected him to solve all LGBT issues by now. However, I think he could have at least placed an executive order that stopped discharging of soldiers for being LGBT for the time being during wartime until we have time to have the appropriate national debate.
Obama has always talked about the “urgency of now.” However, when it comes to LGBT issues, he sets no deadlines. Then, the HRC publishes this statement: “I’ve written that we have actually covered a good deal of ground so far. But I’m not going to trot out those advances right now because I have something more relevant to say: It’s not January 19, 2017. That matters for two reasons: first, the accomplishments that we’ve seen thus far are not the Obama Administration’s record. They are the Administration’s record so far . . . I am sure of this: on January 19, 2017, I will look back on the President’s address to my community as an affirmation of his pledge to be our ally. I will remember it as the day when we all stood together and committed to finish what Senator Kennedy called our unfinished business.”
2017??? WTF??? I mean – I get it. We need to look at Obama’s record in the long view and I hope he delivers and I can say he’s the best president that the LGBT community has ever had. However, why doesn’t the largest LGBT PAC in the US hold the president accountable to making something happen in his first term? Pathetic . . . See a post by Andrew Sullivan that states this one much more eloquently than I can.