Voting For Barack Obama, Part VII

Gay-Americans celebrating Gay Pride Week received an FTD bouquet of words from the Obama campaign delivered by lantern-jawed Michelle Obama.

Flowery words from Obama are typical but his actions are what matter and they are full of thorns.


Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

Obama – flowery words, poisonous actions:

Enter McClurkin. He’s black, he’s popular, and gospel plays big with blacks in South Carolina, especially black evangelicals, and many of them openly and even more of them quietly loathe gays.

Bush masterfully tapped that homophobic sentiment in 2000 in part with McClurkin and even more masterfully in 2004 again with McClurkin and the top gun mega black preachers in Ohio and Florida. He tapped it so masterfully that Bush’s naked pander to gay bashing with the GOP spawned anti-gay marriage initiative in Ohio did much to win over a big chunk of black evangelical leaning voter to Bush. [snip]

This lesson isn’t lost on Obama. Desperate to snatch back some of the political ground with black voters that are slipping away from him and to Hillary; Bush’s black evangelical card seems like the perfect play. Obama wouldn’t dare go down the knock gay path, and risk drawing the inevitable heat for it, if he didn’t think as Bush that anti-gay sentiment is still wide and deep among many blacks.

It wasn’t just McClurkin:

This has already been nicknamed the “gay-bash” tour because three of the acts are on the record for rebuking the “gay lifestyle.” Mary Mary, the enormously popular duo, has a large gay following but has compared gays to murderers and prostitutes. Hezekiah Walker is a minister of the Pentecostal faith, traditionally inhospitable to gays, and, heads a Brooklyn mega-church well-known for its anti-gay views. Walker was also the subject of an unfounded gay rumor that has become urban legend.

Obama’s gay bashing was profitable for himself but hurt Gay-Americans. Obama tried to silence Gay rights organizations and bamboozle Gay-Americans.

Yes, Senator Obama, McClurkin is the perfect representative for your campaign. He thinks gays are a curse, that we need to be fixed, and that we’re trying to “kill children.” And I’m sure you’d have nothing to say about this if he were saying the same thing about African-Americans and Hillary were promoting him.

Gay-Americans and those who are “straight, not narrow” should remember:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

The McClurkin gay-bashing tour was not the first time Obama spoke flowery words about Gay-Americans then proceeded to insult and demean for his profit.

Obama has a long history of flim-flams with flowery words about Gay-Americans in front of friendly audiences but Obama has a gay problem:

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) has come under criticism from some in the gay and AIDS communities who objected to one of his responses in a debate last week and said it contributed to the ongoing stigma of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. [snip]

Obama suggested that, “One of the things that we have to overcome is a stigma that still exists in our communities.”

“We don’t talk about this. We don’t talk about it in the schools; sometimes, we don’t talk about it in the churches. It has been an aspect of, sometimes, homophobia,” he said, gesturing toward himself but seeming to speak about society in general.

While many gays were happy to hear Obama raise the issue of homophobia surrounding the response to AIDS, there was some consternation and mixed interpretations over what he said later. Biden had just taken the liberty of telling the audience that Obama had taken an HIV test. After Biden finished speaking, Obama asked for the floor.

“I just got to make clear, I got tested with Michelle, when we were in Kenya in Africa. I don’t want any confusion here about what’s going on,” said Obama, as the audience laughed and applauded. “I was tested with my wife, in public.” Moderator Tavis Smiley said he was “sure Michelle appreciates you clarifying that.” [snip]

“I think Biden was wrong in mentioning Obama’s getting tested,” said Ronald Johnson, deputy executive director of AIDS Action. “But Obama just needlessly played into some underlying homophobia in the black community. By saying he wanted to make it clear, he was saying, ‘I don’t want anybody to get the wrong idea.’ He was needlessly saying, in effect, ‘I’m not gay’ and getting a cheap laugh at the expense of gay men and black gay men.”

“I’m not going to war with him over it,” said Johnson, who is black, gay, and HIV-positive, “but you didn’t have to go down that track. He could have taken an opportunity to educate “ to say, ‘Everyone should get tested, but it’s a private matter. It’s for me to say.'” [snip]

“It shows how difficult it still is for our country’s leaders to talk about sex and HIV,” said Foreman. “It clearly makes everyone uncomfortable and nervous. Here we’re talking about this incredibly important subject and it becomes something to titter about.”

Obama spoke flowery words against stigmatizing Gay-Americans even as he proceeded to stigmatize Gay-Americans.

Obama has a long history of supporting the most virulent gay-bashers – such as Reverend James Meeks.

Obama has never marched in a gay pride parade.

Hillary Clinton marched in a gay pride parade before it was politically safe to do so. Hillary Clinton has also said she would become the first U.S. president to march in a Gay Pride

Obama snubbed gay friendly Gavin Newsom, the progressive Mayor of San Francisco.

“I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama’s) request at the Waterfront restaurant,” said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. “And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn’t get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin.”

Today, of course, Obama’s people are backpedaling away from that account like crazy. His deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, who lives with his partner as an openly gay man, calls it “a ridiculous story.” [snip]

But insiders at City Hall, both current and former members of Newsom’s staff, recall the incident well. And you can bet that Newsom hasn’t forgotten it either.

“He was pissed,” said one former staffer.

In fact, early last year, Newsom alluded to the incident in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking to Reuters on Jan. 26, 2007, Newsom was asked about three potential Democratic candidates: Obama, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. [snip]

“One of the three Democrats you mentioned as presidential candidates, as God is my witness, will not be photographed with me, will not be in the same room with me,” Newsom told Reuters, “even though I’ve done fundraisers for that particular person – not once, but twice – because of this issue.”

Newsom knows that all you get is flowery words from Obama, flowery words from the Obama campaign, but watch out because Obama cannot be trusted.

Obama has avoided meeting with the gay press while Hillary Clinton has been regularly available to the gay press.

Obama cannot be trusted. Obama only wants “gay money” to fund his destructive campaign.

With Obama, like any three card monte flim flam man, watch what he does not what he says.

Michelle Obama bamboozled the Democratic? National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council this weekend. Miichelle Obama has flowery words to speak on behalf of her husband. Michelle said she wanted A world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws like DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Obama: Flowery words, poisonous actions:

When Bill Clinton sought to keep his 1992 campaign promise to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, he met strong resistance in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. Nunn, one of the most adamant opponents, led a series of hearings that were stacked against ending the prohibition. Critics noted that Nunn held more hearings about and spent more time on gays in the military than he had on the defense budget or even the Navy’s Tailhook sexual harassment scandal.

Already, the prospect of an Obama-Nunn ticket does not sit well with some prominent gay Democratic fundraisers. “It would without question irrevocably diminish my enthusiasm for the democratic ticket,” a longtime Clinton supporter told me in an e-mail. “Sam Nunn not only opposed [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s] rights to serve in the military, he viciously campaigned against it.”

Famously, Nunn led lawmakers on a tour of cramped submarine quarters and showers, an exercise that many viewed as a crass attempt to raise an ick factor of homosexuals living among straight troops. As if gay men and lesbians are devoid of discipline and incapable of defending this country.

NO Unity. NObama. NOvember.

This sentiment underscores a larger problem for Obama: how to reach Clinton’s backers to unify his party. Many women, particularly older women, are none too happy with what they view as Obama’s shabby treatment of her. In the final primary states, many blue-collar white voters told pollsters that if Obama topped the ticket they’d stay home or vote for Republican John McCain, who has wasted no time in trying to court them. If Obama taps Nunn, he could end up adding gay men and lesbians to the list of disgruntled Democrats. They might not vote for McCain, but they might very well stay home.

Gay-Americans must realize that Obama has gay-bashed in the past. If it comes down to getting votes from evangelical voters, socially conservative African-Americans or any constitutency group – Obama will betray Gay-Americans:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.