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  •  has his office made itself available? (1+ / 0-)
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    craigkg

    I just assumed his low-key non-presence was another example of Obama's admin "not going there" and his position was more figurehead than an office with any access or power.

    I will admit, it didn't occur to me our community hadn't been properly utilizing it. I suppose that's possible.

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    by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 11:12:25 AM PST

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    •  I'm not sure grassroot access is the problem,... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...but rather Bond's access in the White House. Pam Spaulding hadan interview with Bond in November at an Equality North Carolina conference. In a followup post, Pam noted that she only later found out that is the first and to my knowledge only interview Bond has done with any GLBT journalist or new outlet. Pam quoted Kerry Eleveld's comments on Pam's "get" of this high profile interview, stating

      Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend was the blogger who managed to snag Bond outside of the entirely controlled confines of a written interview. Not sure why all the love for the Tar Heel State - where Spaulding is also based - but it's most notable because Bond has proven to be an almost invisible presence given his position in the Office of Public Engagement.

      His sudden emergence leaves one wondering if administration officials sense they have a PR problem on their hands with LGBT Americans. Bond is not the highest-ranking gay official to go on record to date - John Berry, the director of Office of Personnel Management, has granted several interviews. But knowing what I do about how press-shy Bond is, I would be inclined to think he has been pushed into the spotlight by forces greater than himself.

      What's worth noting here is that none of Obama's inner circle has agreed to an interview with the LGBT press yet, let alone the commander in chief himself - who has granted a series of interviews to other constituencies' news outlets.

      Herein lies a big part of the problem. The Administration won't talk to us and us only. It took reporting in the media and a lot of arm twisting before they'd even talk to the lawyers in the Gill v OPM suit from Massachusetts. All events where Obama has talked to us, its been media events like the Pride month reception after the infamous DOMA brief, the HRC dinner and post-signing ceremony reception for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Act DOD Authorization Act. Basically its his chance to convince straights that he's OK with the gays, not a chance to really address the underlying problem of homophobia and discrimination. There hasn't been any sort of even where he has to listen to our thoughts on him like a GLBT townhall meeting or interview by a GLBT journalist who won't pull punches. When they want to evade the hard questions, they stick the seemingly-incompetent-on-GLBT-issues Gibbs in front of the camera to look like a fool.

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      by craigkg on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 03:33:50 PM PST

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      •  Oops (0+ / 0-)

        That title should have read "I'm not sure grassroot access is the only problem..."

        "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

        by craigkg on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 03:35:18 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I was familar with Pam's interview (1+ / 0-)
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        and that it was a rarity. It's what prompted my question. Is Bond talking to the GLBT community? Or just HRC? And does the Obama admin know there's a difference?

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        by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 03:41:29 PM PST

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        •  Me thinks not (0+ / 0-)

          There isn't any real  communication I know of between Bond and the community other than the standard HRC stuff we got in June and this fall. Bond's entire job is 1) talking to the GLBT community about the Administration and its agenda and 2) talking to the Administration about the GLBT community's agenda. Neither of those things appear to be occurring to a sufficient level. That last question, whether Obama knows HRC≠the GLBT Community, is the ultimate one. I don't know how we get that message through to Obama when HRC apologist Bond is standing in the way of the message of the greater community.

          "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

          by craigkg on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 03:48:52 PM PST

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