President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night in New York City by LGBT activists yelling loudly and holding signs reading "Obama broken promises KILL." Supporters of the president tried to drown them out with shouts of "Obama! Obama!"
The protesters were apparently pushing for more AIDS funding and quicker action on the president's part to allow gays to serve openly in the military, the latter obviously being a knee-jerk reaction to the president's lack of immediate response to yesterday's Senate filibuster of a bill that could delay repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' program indefinitely.
The president, in town to attend the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, responded calmly to the hecklers by informing them that he's increased AIDS funding, and is working to overturn DADT. He told them to go shout at the Senate Republicans and Democrats who voted against the repeal, not at him.
Despite the hecklers, the event raised $1.4 million for House and Senate Democratic campaigns.
Should LGBT groups really be heckling the president at such a tumultuous moment in American politics, when the extremist Teahadists are gaining ground in the primaries, and could pose an imminent threat in midterm elections? No matter what you may think of the president or Democrats at the moment, wouldn't it make more sense to show a unified front in the face of what could be the most disastrous government takeover in U.S. history? One that could be even worse than, God forbid, the George W. Bush years?
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