President Obama is used to hearing his name yelled angrily at conservative Tea Party protests. On Monday night, however, he faced hecklers at a more unlikely venue: a Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.
And yes, the hecklers were attacking the president from the left. "Repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'!" the protesters yelled, referring to the 1993 military policy that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving. Obama responded, "We are going to do that; hey, hold on a second, hold on a second."
The rest of the crowd then began chanting Obama's signature campaign chant: "Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!" You can watch the outburst — and Obama's replies — here:
During the 2008 campaign, Obama repeatedly pledged to kill the controversial policy, and in January's State of the Union address, he reiterated that vow. But progress has been slow. The administration claims that's because a full repeal would require a separate bill in Congress repudiating the congressionally approved 1993 law — and it's been hard to work such a bill into an already overcrowded Capitol Hill agenda. In March, the Pentagon announced it was relaxing enforcement of the ban, to clear the path for eventual repeal.
Obama returned to the issue of repeal in his Monday speech. "When you've got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you've got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don't know exactly why you've got to holler, because we already hear you, all right," Obama remarked to applause. "I mean, it would have made more sense to holler that at the people who oppose it."
But the hollering didn't let up. "It's time for equality for all Americans," shouted one. Obama again stressed his opposition to the ban, and again said, "I don't know why you're hollering." The group broke into another "Yes we can!" chant.
Obama then sought to return to the event's main theme: Boxer's re-election. Sen. Boxer "didn't even vote for 'don't ask, don't tell' in the first place," the president noted. "So you know she's going to be in favor of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1697
We liberals as quite a sight sometimes. We get our person in, and we expect that INSTANTLY every single item on our wish list gets granted.
I mean did you really expect a man who says he is a devout Christian, a man who has been steadfastly apposed to gay marraige, to suddenly get out the executive order pad and order DADT as soon as he got into the White House? Even before he had a chance to unpack?
We seem to forget the reason why we have this stupid policy in the first place. President Clinton was all for allowing gays to serve openly, but Democrats and Republicans, unable to get past their erotophobia then as now, blocked him at every turn. DADT, as despicable as it is, was the only compromise left to him, and you're lucky to have that.
So as non-hetrosexuals, we have to ask one question, one not asked because we are so much about our rights and all.....why in the hell do you want to join a club that doesn't want you in the first place.
Think about it. You're serving openly. They don't want you. You're in combat. Who are they going to send out FIRST to get shot? Trust me, we black folk have been bullet fodder in the US Armed Forces for decades.
Give the man some time. It is a process, one that just started. If he has not done what you wanted, you can fire him on the first Tuesday in November 2012. In the meantime, the best thing you can do is if you are walking and approach a recruiting office, do yourself a favor. Keep walking.