Obama slams GOP for booing gay soldier. A lesson in how fighting back works.

I reported earlier on AMERICAblog Gay that the President slammed the Republicans yesterday for Thursday night’s Fox/Google debate in which the GOP audience booed a US soldier serving in Iraq simply because he was gay.

At his first fundraiser in San Jose, President Obama took aim at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, without naming the Texas governor by name, and was critical of the recent GOP debates. He said the 2012 election will be “a contest of values.”

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party, are puzzled by what’s happening to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change,” he said, to applause. “It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.

“That’s not reflective of who we are,” Mr. Obama said. “This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election.”

Well, someone posted that blog post to Reddit (which has a decidedly liberal community), and it’s currently the number one post on that site, and brought us about 20,000 new visitors in the last two hours.

Not only in this story a win for Democratic politicians – and more should be jumping on it – but hitting back is also, apparently, a win for the President.  It got the left riled up.  And nowadays, how often can the Dems claims that they’ve riled liberals up, in a good way?


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