GetEQUAL to greet Obama in Seattle

Last week, Marc Ambinder told us that Obama doesn’t like getting heckled. In fact, Ambinder knows it:

I do know that President Obama gets angry every time he’s heckled by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protesters. He thinks he’s doing everything he can given the constraints imposed on him by reality.

If Obama thinks that he’s doing everything he can, he’s the only one who does.

Obama wouldn’t get heckled and protested if he was delivering on his promises. He’s not. So, today, GetEQUAL will be protesting his events in Seattle.

Via press release:

GetEQUAL, — a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – and local LGBT activists are set to protest the Seattle visit of President Obama and Senator Murray over their lack of leadership and courage for Full Federal Equality for LGBT Americans.

The protest organizer provided this statement:

Western Washington University student activist, Ben Crowther, said, “President Obama and Senator Patty Murray need to hear loud and clear that the queer community needs fierce advocates, we need our elected leaders to show leadership and courage, and we need them to fight for our rights. Passive attitudes and inaction allow homophobic attitudes to continue unconfronted. And it’s these homophobic attitudes and the unwelcoming environment created by such that ultimately takes the lives of our queer youth.”

There are 12 days til Election Day. And, then Obama is going to be starting his reelection campaign. I’m thinking this is what he can expect til he actually delivers.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Protest of President Obama to demand that he show leadership and end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 10am – 12:30pm (PST)

WHERE: University of Washington Hec Edmundson Pavilion, in the plaza just outside the Pavilion

WHO: GetEQUAL and local Washigton state activists


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