In a sharp rebuke of his Republican rivals, President Barack Obama said anyone who wants to be commander in chief must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members.Go here to find out more about how this whole issue of the debate was overblown. And yes, the booing was condemned later.
A combative Obama criticized GOP presidential candidates for staying silent when the crowd at a recent debate booed a gay soldier who asked a question of the contenders via videotape.
"You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it's not politically convenient," Obama said during remarks at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights organization.
Referencing the boos at the Sept. 22 Republican debate, he said: "We don't believe in standing silent when that happens."
Obama touted his administration's efforts to repeal the military's ban on openly gay service members, as well as his orders to the Justice Department to stop enforcing a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
But, as expected, Obama stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, saying only that "every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law."
Obama has said his views on gay marriage are "evolving", but for now he only supports civil union.
That's a lot more than I can say about Obama, who did not condemn the divisive and violent message of James Hoffa Jr. on Labor Day, 2011. He went further and said he was proud of him. Neither Obama, nor any member of his regime are willing to distance or condemn themselves from Hoffa's remarks at the Presidential podium.
So before this asshole lectures me or any other American about condemning hateful behavior and supporting our troops, let me ask him, where was his support of our troops in crippling them with rules of engagement on the battlefield in Afghanistan? He wanted, and still wants, to close Gitmo, recycling all the terrorist propaganda that it's creating more terrorists. I'll never forget the night of the Ft. Hood jihad, that Obama rambled on for about three minutes giving shout outs to some Indian medicine man before addressing the attack by Maj. Nidal Hassan. I haven't even gotten to how the Regime wants to cut their benefits, because the first place liberals want to cut is the military.
So spare me all the lectures about supporting the troops, Obama, because you really don't give a damn about gay or straight troops. All you care about is every vote you can get by pandering to every special interest group.
UPDATE: B Daniel Blatt at Gay Patriot responds to the Demonizer in Chief:
The president’s mean-spirited attack shows his eagerness to repeat the talking points of left-wing pundits. He is attempting to hold Republicans responsible for the actions of perhaps not more than one boorish individual. This demagoguery, having defined the president’s governing style for these past several months, has also begun to define his re-election campaign.
Perhaps if he considered the standard he has set by claiming that “we don’t believe in standing silent” in the face of such boorish behavior, he might realized how, in world with balanced media**, he might be held to account for his own silence when his political allies attacked Republicans. Guess that before he took office, he felt General David Petraeus betrayed us.
By the standard Obama set last night at the HRC dinner, a Democrat who stands silent when a participant in a rally where he speaks boos a soldier or a citizen, that Democrat believes in a “kind of smallness.” (Perhaps we should find footage of rallies where Democrats spoke and protesters slurred the troops or held up signs denouncing the men and women of our armed forces and use the Obama standard to fault his fellow partisans’ silence.)
Any time a Democrat stood silent in the face of angry rhetoric, he shows just how small he is. We now have a president to small to condemn a political ally for wanting to “take out” their political adversaries. He has repeatedly stood silent when much vitriol has been leveled at his ideological adversaries.
His term cannot end soon enough.