DADT Protests Repeatedly Interrupt Obama Speech
via John Aravosis/AmericaGay Blog
Video of Obama being interrupted by DADT protesters. Obama told the protesters “we already hear ya.” Cute, but not true. Barney Frank has tried to get the White House for one month now to say that it wants DADT repealed this year. Frank has received silence in response. The President very clearly doesn’t hear us. Watch 5:37 into the video, Obama is pissed. This worked folks. His entire speech got disrupted.
More coverage: AP, Photo of the protest,
From the White House pool report it doesn’t sound like Obama was loving it by the second time the GetEQUAL protesters interrupted him. There’s just going to be more of this until the White House gets off the dime and starts making DADT repeal happen this year.
POTUS took the stage at 6:13 p.m. local time. Audio again is not the greatest. He calls out names of several California government officials, each of whom draw applause.
At 6:17, several protesters among the crowd interrupted POTUS’ speech, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay service members. The crowd tried to hush them. “What about don’t ask, don’t tell?” one protester shouted.
POTUS yelled back “we are going to do that.”
POTUS kept talking, increasing his volume to speak over the protesters. The crowd then erupted into chants of “Yes, we can.”
He later said, “we are going to repeal don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Your pooler has learned the protesters are from GetEQUAL, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group that also orchestrated protests outside the fundraiser. The group was also behind a protest last month at the White House, where activists Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo handcuffed themselves to a gate.
“IT’s time for equality for all Americans!” another protester yelled at 9:22. Obama said, “can I just say again Barbara and I are supportive of repealing Don’t ask dont tell.” But protester keeps yelling. Bringing Obama’s remarks to a halt. The crowd responds again by “shouting yes we can!” over the protesters.
“Be quiet!” someone yells.
At 6:25 local time, POTUS has regained control of the speech.
Had White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina done a better job of handling this issue, the President wouldn’t be facing what now appears to be an ongoing campaign of civil disobedience.
My .02 cents:
Some people just don’t get it. There’s a world of difference between working with those in charge, and working against those in charge. This campaign of “civil disobedience” worked well in the 70’s. Times have changed and anyone who’s spent more than 5 minutes on the Hill will know that. Protests are for getting the government’s attention and we already have that. Now it’s time to make our arguments, sound, rational, and something that Congress can consider when they go into session on DADT.
A far better and more productive use of our time and efforts can be found on RepealNOW. Just-a-Joe has laid out a multiple point program that not only could work, but would get the attention of those in charge long enough to hear our concerns. His is the plan I will be backing and I have no hesitation in saying that GetEQUAL doesn’t speak for me.
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