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Should gay activists be heckling Obama?

President Obama faces hecklers at a DNC fundraiser in NYC
President Obama faces hecklers at a DNC fundraiser in NYC

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?

Please feel free to leave your comments below and let's get this discusssion going!

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  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    The Don't Ask Don't Tell failure is a freakin disaster. Not good. Nooooooooooooooooooooooot good.

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    Kelvin Lynch 4 years ago

    No doubt, but is this solely the fault of our current president? I don't think so.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    The Rethuglicant obstructionism has affected two results ... First, to energize their base, and Second, to demoralize the Democratic base ... Let's not give in to their abhorrent tactics ... We need to stay united behind our President and our party at this critical juncture in history ... If you feel frustration now, can you imagine a country run by the Palin's, Angle's, Bachmann's, O'Donnell's, Limbaugh's and Becks of this world?! ... The horror, the horror!

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    Kelvin Lynch 4 years ago

    I concur. Turning our backs on the first American-American Democratic president i history is exactly what the Republitards want going into midterms. Are we really that gullible? Pull it together, people. Think about 2 years from now, don't throw a hissy fit because you didn't get your way this time around. We are in GRAVE DANGER if the Republican Teabaggers gain control of Congress.

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    Teresa Brunner 4 years ago

    Heckling the president on these issues is not going to get the end result that is needed.

    He states that he is working on these issues and I choose to believe him. Obama needs our support while he works on fixing ALL THE WRONGS that have transpired from past government legistation. Glad I don't have his job!
    Teresa / Medford Chihuahua Examiner