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  •  This bullshit again: (13+ / 0-)
    He's president of the whole country, not president of the democrats.  I don't think it's unreasonable for him to toss evangelicals a fig leaf.   He's their president too.
    Obama is also the president of KKK members and adherents of the American Nazi Party, but as a good progressive, you'd (rightly) scream bloody murder if he invited an antisemite or a racist to his inauguration.  It's only when it comes to gay people that bigotry becomes excusable.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:59:45 PM PST

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    •  Maybe he should invite David Duke? (4+ / 0-)

      Since Obama is black that cancels out, right?

      /snark

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:46:32 PM PST

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    •  Invite Loe Dobbs to speak (6+ / 0-)

      Obama needs to balance out his support for Latinos.

      "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."
      —Dan Savage

      by Scott Wooledge on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:54:20 PM PST

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    •  Obama has continually EXCUSED people who said (1+ / 0-)
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      and did racist things left and right.

      I never forgave the Clintons, Andrew Cuomo, Geraldine Ferraro and the rest of the Democratic establishment who said racist bullshit (even Biden had a few awkward-uncle moments that were not malicious but certainly unfavorable). But you know who did? Our president.

      You guys just don't seem to understand who Obama is. You think he's pandering to the evangelicals, or sees LGBT as negotiable. Fine. That's a possible interpretation.

      Obama is from Hawai'i and also Indonesia as an alienated sometimes resident, and that says a lot about his attitude and worldview. Obama sees himself as an inclusive figure, a direct inheritor, culturally, of our Quaker heritage.

      The senior senator who just passed, Daniel Inouye, even made icy comments about Obama, six years ago, and that do a damn thing to ruin Obama's relationship with Inouye later on, nor did Obama hold a grudge against Hillary Clinton.

      Obama's a forgiving person, and while he sees himself as a leader on many things, he doesn't see himself as the leader on race.  Many of us would like for him to be; we live in a hurting and racist country. But we faced the reality long ago. It was also clear, long ago, that Obama was not going to turn his back on the good old boys within the Democratic Party generally or even the Republican Party. He sees himself as an inclusive person.

      The fact is that anyone who doesn't live in a self-selecting liberal ghetto either knows people who continually harbor racially or sexually prejudiced beliefs or certainly did not long ago.  Most of us make the difficult and courageous decision to live life not as an alienator but as someone who tries to walk the line between dignity and servility, between compassion and pride.

      Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change.

      by Nulwee on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:38:41 PM PST

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      •  Not sure what all this means. (2+ / 0-)
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        Sure, I know people with racially and sexually prejudiced beliefs.  I'm 52 and I grew up in Louisiana for God's sake.  But the fact that I know those people doesn't mean I give them a platform or prominence when I know that will be offensive to others.  If that makes me an "alienator," then I'll proudly plead guilty.

        As far as Obama is concerned, let's face it, he wouldn't invite someone who'd given a fiery racist or antisemitic speech to speak at his inauguration.  Somehow, though, he feels comfortable doing this with homophobes.  As much as I'd like to think this is a mistake, since it's the second time in a row, it's clearly a deliberate choice.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:05:46 AM PST

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