Obama joked about gay protesters asking him to keep promises: ‘I don’t know which promise he was talking about.’

UPDATE @ 4:03 PM: Thanks to GarySF for posting the video in the comments. This actually makes it worse. Here it is:http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/static/flash/embeddedPlayer/swf/otvEmLoader.swf?version=&station=kabc&section=&mediaId=6835263&cdnRoot=http://cdn.abclocal.go.com&webRoot=http://abclocal.go.com&site=
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Okay. Where to begin with this? First question is: Who in the West Wing is advising Obama on gay issues? Because, they’re not doing a very good job at all. This is becoming a real problem.

Yesterday, as John noted, there was a protest outside of the Obama event in Los Angeles. The local CBS affiliate observed who the protesters were:

While many Obama supporters waved and cheered as his motorcade approached the hotel in Beverly Hills, some protesters were gathering to decry Tuesday’s California Supreme Court ruling that upheld the voter-approved gay marriage ban. Some of them also urged Obama to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays.

Don’t think for a minute that the crack Obama advance team didn’t know who was out there.

Apparently, your president thought it was kinda funny. He made a joke about the protest during the event, according to the New York Times:

“One of them said, “Obama keep your promise,’ ” the president said. “I thought that’s fair. I don’t know which promise he was talking about.”

The people in the audience – who paid $30,400 per couple to attend – laughed as they ate a dinner of roasted tenderloin, grilled organic chicken and sun choke rosemary mashed potatoes.

The audience laughed?

So, Mr. Obama doesn’t know which promise the protester was talking about? Did he even know what was going on in California? About the Prop. 8 decision? Does he know who Lt. Choi is? Who briefs Obama on LGBT issues? Anyone? Because, it was well known that the LGBT community would be protesting. And, as for promises, there were several. To remind him, we could say check the White House website for a list of the promises Obama made to the LGBT community during the campaign. But, that wouldn’t probably wouldn’t do any good. The White House staff changed the website a couple weeks ago — and, then changed it back with some edits.

Maybe the president could do a google search and find the videos or transcripts from the HRC/Logo forum in August of 2007. That might refresh his memory. Or maybe he could re-read this letter he wrote:

Equality is a moral imperative. That’s why throughout my career, I have fought to eliminate discrimination against LGBT Americans. In Illinois, I co-sponsored a fully inclusive bill that prohibited discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity, extending protection to the workplace, housing, and places of public accommodation. In the U.S. Senate, I have co-sponsored bills that would equalize tax treatment for same-sex couples and provide benefits to domestic partners of federal employees. And as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples — whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage. Unlike Senator Clinton, I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – a position I have held since before arriving in the U.S. Senate. While some say we should repeal only part of the law, I believe we should get rid of that statute altogether. Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same-sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system.

Those promises. Those are the ones we want you to keep.

Seriously, what is going on in the White House? Is Obama deliberately trying to piss off the entire gay community? Or is he tone deaf on this issue? Whatever is going on, it’s not good. Not good at all.

Someone needs to intervene.

And, thanks to reader LS for pointing us to this story. God, it’s annoying.


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