Adam Polaski

Watch: Obama's LGBT Pride Reception Speech

Filed By Adam Polaski | June 30, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, LGBT, marriage equality, Pride reception

Obama spoke last night at the LGBT Pride Reception he hosted at the White House for LGBT advocates. He reiterated (again) the LGBT-specific accomplishments of his administration and continued to deflect questions about how far along his evolution on marriage equality is.

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I thought his speech seemed much more guarded than many other Obama speeches... perhaps he's feeling the pressure about not making (useful) comments about marriage equality passing in NY. He's certainly walking a tightrope.

What I would truly love to see for one of these gatherings is a full list of the invitees. Why does this always seem so heavily guarded? And yes, I would like to know what portions of the LGBTQ coalition were invited not to mention how many people of color were there.

Christine | June 30, 2011 7:15 PM

I understand our president has a tightrope to walk between here and taking his second oath of office, but he also runs the danger of seeming opportunistic if not spineless by neutral parties. As disappointed as I am in his performance in certain areas, I *know* how bad it could have gotten with a McCain/Palin White House, and how bad it could get if someone like President Bachmann were ever sworn in.

The part that stood out to me in the room was "I have met my commitments to the LGBT community." Uh, no. He hasn't. ENDA.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | July 1, 2011 9:04 PM

Obama is a spent force.

Win or lose, he's irrelevant.

If he loses we'll go after the Republicans. If he wins he won't be able to govern. Too many people despise him for his failure to lead. He doesn't even try.