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  •  Well, (6+ / 0-)

    an assumption you seem to be making is that the President can only talk about one thing at this event. It might be true that he is asked to limit himself to one topic. I doubt it, but it might be true.

    If it isn't true, I see no reason why the president can't address the disaster in Haiti and the disaster in Uganda.

    Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

    by unspeakable on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 10:24:39 AM PST

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    •  Please see the last sentence in my comment (1+ / 0-)
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      about addressing it even briefly, as well as my other comment directly above this.   My main point is about having realistic expectations.

      •  The brevity... (7+ / 0-)

        ...of his commentary on it isn't the question, it's the quality of what he says.  In one minute he can say something rather powerful; he could speak at length for five and say nothing at all.  That's the test here.  Let's hope he doesn't fail.  

        The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words

        by Alec82 on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 11:50:07 AM PST

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        •  I thank you (0+ / 0-)

          for making my point better than I made it myself.  I take a bit of relief, minor though it may be, that you agree that he should attend and speak out (as opposed to the much-recced position that he should refuse to attend on principle).

          In mentioning that Haiti would be front and center at this year's NPB, I was driving at getting our folks to not expect Uganda to be the overriding message of his remarks, but rather one component of a broader message.  Seems I either didn't express it well, or that sometimes in our passion we're not that good at seeing the bigger picture.

          So with that said, here's to one good minute in the broader context, and banging of pots and pans outside the hotel.

          •  I personally... (9+ / 0-)

            ...don't think any president should attend "National Prayer Breakfast" or similar religious events in their official capacity; mindful that this would be politically untenable given the American proclivity for mixing state affairs with these pretentious displays of religiosity, I don't expect him not to attend.  But as you note yourself, any "fierce advocate" worth his salt would forcefully condemn the murder of people he claims to advocate for.  

            There will not be "one good minute," I predict, because the president and his party are both weak on this issue.  That such an individual would be invited to this event speaks volumes about the bipartisan contempt for gay people and the blood that "believers" have on their hands.  But given the disgraceful performance of this party and president on gay rights to date, I cannot say I'm surprised that he would decline the opportunity to rebuke an anti-gay hate monger.  What more could one expect from a man who invites them to bless his administration?

            The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words

            by Alec82 on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 01:15:59 PM PST

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          •  no presidents should be attending these events. (8+ / 0-)

            this group is a cult. why add credibility to their cause, which in most instances is contrary to the separation of church and state.

            Mr. President, I realize you've got a lot on your plate, but we've been starving at the back of the line. Please throw us a few crumbs like ending DADT & DO

            by tnichlsn on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 01:16:04 PM PST

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