Don’t bother petitioning Barack Obama for a redress of grievances. Barack Obama, the imperious yet bowing vassal to the Saudi Arabian king, can’t be bothered to take notice of Americans with grievances.
The maligned Marie Antoinette is falsely supposed to have replied to the hungry cries of French peasants for “bread!” with the uninformed and callous riposte “Let them eat cake.” Marie, was also blamed for the penurious French treasury and tarred with the epithet Madame Déficit.
Barack Obama is our own real life Madame Déficit and yesterday he regaled Hollywood’s high and mighty powers with his own version of “Let them eat cake.”
Last year Obama visited California and while there among his rich, callous, “creative class” friends, Obama sniffed that small town Americans were “bitter” and clung to God and guns. Yesterday, Obama visited California to once again raise money and fully displayed his contempts.
Speaking to a well-heeled audience of campaign donors in Beverly Hills, Obama was strikingly upbeat and assured. [snip]
The enthusiasm inside the Beverly Hilton was palpable — the president was greeted with repeated ovations — and the payoff was handsome: between $3 million and $4 million in contributions to the Democratic National Committee.
But Obama notably sidestepped two of the biggest issues facing California: He said nothing about the state’s disastrous financial condition or the issue of same-sex marriage, which heated up Tuesday when the state Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, a measure banning the practice.
All those movie stars and rich people were content to applaud Obama but not one, not a single big Democratic liberal, raised the question of civil rights for Gay-Americans or the financial disaster faced by the citizens of California. Not a single movie star or Democratic donor had the decency to put aside their dinner (roasted tenderloin, grilled organic chicken and sun choke rosemary mashed potatoes) and raise the standard for those demonstrating outside. Jamie Foxx, Marisa Tomei, Kiefer Sutherland, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Holly Robinson Peete, Tyler Perry, Nicky Hilton, Seth Rogin, all remained silent. Outside however:
Outside the hotel, about 200 demonstrators chanted and carried flags and protest signs, many urging Obama to take a stronger stand in favor of gay rights.
“The president made a promise when he made his speech about hope,” said Rick Jacobs, one of the protest organizers. “I bought that promise and I still buy that promise, but it’s time for him to start fulfilling that promise for all Americans.”
Rick Jacobs is a fool for believing that gay-bashing Obama can be trusted.
Hollywood powers, big Democratic donors remained quiet, Obama however could not contain his arrogance and contempt for those outside, the little people that believed him, the fools that believed him:
“There were some protestors out here, I could hear them vaguely -– I don’t know what they were protesting. I think there was a group of them. But one of them started to chant, ‘Obama keep your promise’. And I thought that’s fair.”
Most of those outside were protesting Proposition 8. The protests were well advertised and it is impossible to believe the Obama advance teams did not inform him of what was going to happen outside his rich dinner.
Some were protesting for civil rights, others were protesting another Obama broken promise – the one regarding the Armenian genocide. Obama was too busy to even pretend to care.
Obama chose to pretend to not know what the protests were about. It doesn’t matter to Obama what promises Americans want kept, he intends to ignore them all – Americans and promises.
Earlier in the week Lorri Jean of the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles wrote an open letter to Obama:
You are arriving in Los Angeles on the heels of emotional demonstrations throughout California and our nation and your silence at such a time speaks volumes. LGBT people and our allies have the “audacity to hope” for a country that treats us fairly and equally and for a President with the will to stand up for those ideals. From you we expect nothing less.
We know the country faces many serious challenges and we have strived to be patient. We’ve waited for the slightest sign you would live up to your promise to be a “fierce advocate” for our equal rights while watching gay and lesbian members of the armed forces, who have never been more needed, get discharged from the military. And so far you have done nothing. No stop loss order. No call to cease such foolish and discriminatory actions that make our nation less safe.
You pledged to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Mr. President. You promised to support a “complete repeal” of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and pledged to advocate for legislation that would give same-sex couples the 1,100+ federal rights and benefits we are denied, including the same rights to social security benefits. You said, “federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples.”
What of those promises, Mr. President?
Your commitment to repeal DOMA has been removed from the White House website. Your promise to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” was removed and then replaced with a watered-down version. And in the aftermath of yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling, you have remained silent while your press secretary summarily dismisses questions about the issue.
We not only need to hear from our President, we need his action. And we need it now.
We need your words, Mr. President. But we also need your deeds. We expect you to fulfill the promises you made to us. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” Do not delay, Mr. President. The time for action is now.
Lorrie Jean is learning that
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.
Some few, Hopium addled Gay-Americans are waking up. Yesterday, some carried Obama posters with “HOPE” appropriately retagged “FRAUD”.
Other fools are still HOPEing Obama will keep his promises.
The fools certainly better not expect that Obama cared one whit about the opinion and thoughts of Sonia Sotomayor regarding Gay civil rights. He didn’t bother to ask or find out. Ditto with abortion rights.
Hillary of course, cares about civil rights for Gay Americans. Even on the controversial issue of marriage rights, Obama’s objections to gay marriage rights were based on his personal prejudices. Hillary’s opposition to Gay marriage were based on her observation that most Americans were not ready to recognize Gay marriage – she left the door open to pushing for the issue at the slightest opportunity.
In the past Hillary has marched in countless Gay Pride parades – when it was politically dangerous to do so. Obama has never marched in a Gay Pride parade. Maybe Gay leaders should get a clue.
Now Hillary has approved partner benefits for State Department workers.
In a notice to be sent soon to State Department employees, Clinton says regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families the same rights and privileges that straight diplomats enjoyed are “unfair and must end,” as they harm U.S. diplomacy.
“Providing training, medical care and other benefits to domestic partners promote the cohesiveness, safety and effectiveness of our posts abroad,” she says in the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
“It will also help the department attract and retain personnel in a competitive environment where domestic partner benefits and allowances are increasingly the norm for world-class employers,” she says.
“At bottom, the department will provide these benefits for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners because it is the right thing to do,” Clinton says.
Among the benefits that will now be granted gay diplomats: the right of domestic partners to hold diplomatic passports, government-paid travel for their partners and families to and from foreign posts, and the use of U.S. medical facilities abroad.
In addition, gay diplomats’ families will now be eligible for U.S. government emergency evacuations and training courses at the Foreign Service Institute, the message says.
Hillary can be trusted, not blindly, but because she has a lifetime of experience and a record of accomplishment and keeping her word and getting things done.
Obama? Can’t be trusted. Let the Hopium addled chew on that.