Kerry Eleveld at the Advocate on Joe’s interview with the President:
President Barack Obama answered the first questions of his presidency from an LGBT media outlet and nudged open the door to switching his position on same-sex marriage, saying “attitudes evolve, including mine.”
[E]ven more stunning than the words themselves was the deafening silence from the national LGBT groups following the open door Obama handed to them. It was just one more missed opportunity in what has been a long and maddening succession of them ever since this president took office with Democratic majorities in Congress we may never witness again.
Huffington Post touted the interview on its banner with the massive headline “Meet the Bloggers” hanging over a picture of President Obama. Politico wrote specifically about the president’s marriage revelation. During the next day’s press briefing, MSNBC wondered when the president might complete his evolution and The Wall Street Journal asked whether we should “anticipate that at some point in the future, he is likely to feel comfortable with gay marriage being legal.”
Apparently, the president’s words were newsworthy enough for journalists to explore but a nonevent for our LGBT advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Fascinating.
I usually refrain from saying much about how the national LGBT groups acquit themselves because I generally find finger-pointing only serves as a counterproductive distraction from the most critical tasks at hand. But quite frankly, watching some of them at the federal level over the past two years has been a lesson in political malpractice that has left me ill and speechless more times than I care to count.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the White House asked NGLTF and HRC not to react to the President’s interview, in order to downplay what he said. And dutifully, they did. Or, both groups simply don’t care about marriage equality. Take your pic.