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Monday, October 12, 2009

Is Obama Getting Gay for the Gays?

Last Saturday night, Barack Obama and the gays finally got a room together, as the President declared to 3,000 gathered at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala that he would end 'don't ask-don't tell.' He went on to say: "We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve the country. We should be celebrating their willingness to step forward and show such courage ... especially when we are fighting two wars."

The President said he would support the gays, yet provided no timetable or guidelines for how this would happen. But he should. Because to be honest, Obama has sort of been a tease up until this point. He's courting the gays, but not really putting out... politically speaking.

The next afternoon in Washington, D.C. tens of thousands of gays, lesbians and supporters marched past the White House reminding the President of his promises, carrying signs and generally being fabulous on their way to the Capitol. The L.A. Times estimated 150,000 protesters took to the streets. While FoxNews reported: "What protest? War on Christmas! 9/11! 9/11!"

Barack Obama has a great opportunity to instill common sense into this debate and solidify his legacy as a champion of human rights and equality. Because in 40 years, intolerance towards gays is going to look pretty foolish. Some might say it already does.

Friday, October 9, 2009

No(bel) Big Deal

How cool is Barack Obama? Barack Obama is so cool he wins Nobel Peace Prizes in his sleep... No seriously. The President was awoken around 6 a.m. this morning to the news he'd won the award. The President says he was both 'surprised' and 'deeply humbled' by the honor. Obama said he would accept the honor as “a call to action,” presumably for all Americans to get out there, roll up their sleeves and win their own Nobel Peace Prizes.

In a related story, the 44th President has also won the National League Cy Young, a Teen Choice Award, a pair of ESPYs, as well as a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Where the Wild Things Are." Take that, Rio de Janerio!