Obama Tosses Crumbs to Gay Community

Craig Brown

John Aravosis at AmericaBlog reports:

White House admits Obama "benefits" speech simply political ploy, plan still being created after it was already announced

by John Aravosis (DC) on 6/17/2009 12:48:00 AM

A rather blockbuster NYT storyin today's paper about Obama's ploy to win back the gays by offering
some federal employees some benefits (but not all, including no health coverage).

The White House actually admitted to the NYT that they were offering the
benefits to help contain the "growing furor among gay rights groups."
How about doing it because it's the right thing to do? How about doing
it because you were already planning to do it to help our community,
because you recognize us as human beings? We kept being told, fret not,
we have a secret plan for your civil rights - now it seems, not so much:

administration officials said the timing of the announcement was
intended to help contain the growing furor among gay rights groups.
Several gay donors withdrew their sponsorship of a Democratic National
Committee fund-raising event next week, where Vice President Joseph R.
Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak.

Just as bad, it seems they
came up with this proposal on the fly. In spite of the fact that for a
while they've been hinting that they'd do this, the NYT discovered that
the details of the "plan" haven't even been decided, yet the White
House is already announcing it publicly.

The breadth and
scope of the memorandum to be signed by Mr. Obama was being completed
Tuesday evening, said administration officials, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging the president’s announcement
on Wednesday.

With all due respect, don't our civil rights
deserve a bit more attention than some kluge thrown together at the
last minute to save a cocktail party?

This is simply more
evidence that the White House never had a plan to act on our civil
rights, to act on the president's promises (none of which have been
fulfilled, or even addressed). They're simply winging it with our

(Pam Spaulding observes that it's "amateur hour" at the White House.)

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