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Old 2nd July 2009   #1
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Post Obama tells gay activists: 'Judge me by the promises I keep'

US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.

Speaking to 300 LGBT activists at a White House reception on Monday, he said: "I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps."

The president promised in his election campaign to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', which bans openly gay people from serving in the military, and the Defence of Marriage Act.

Gay rights activists have criticised what they see as slow progress, saying a recent concession to give equal benefits to gay partners of federal employees won't include healthcare, will not be permanent and will not apply to those in the military.

Obama said: "We seek an America in which no one feels the pain of discrimination based on who you are or who you love.

"I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that.

"It's not for me to tell you to be patient anymore than it was for others to counsel patience to African-Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago."

"But I say this: we have made progress."

His speech was briefly interrupted by a reporter's mobile phone which rather embarrassingly made the sound of a quacking duck.

As Michelle Obama giggled and the reporter scrambled to switch off his phone, Obama said: "Whose duck is back there? There's a duck quacking in there somewhere."

"Where do you guys get these ringtones by the way?" he asked. "I'm just curious."
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I laughed hard at the last part!!
But I think that having a black president will bring many news and progresses in the next years not only to homosexual society but to all the minorities. It's not a fast process, but I bet progress will come from time to time. I also understand the rage some of us may have to all the hatred and things forbidden in all these years...I'm glad to hear Obama is treating homosexuality as a normal things and not a "special" one.
 
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Hey Andy (nice name! hehe),

Yeah, I agree.

He has the charm and personality (likeablilty factor) that George Bush was badly lacking... sort of like a black Bill Clinton! (hopefully without the indiscretions)
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Let's hope for it ehehe ^^
As for the name, it's funny because at first I chose Andy but it wasn't available and It was funny because the webmaster himself had it eheheh
 
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Hey Andy (nice name! hehe),
He has the charm and personality (likeablilty factor) that George Bush was badly lacking... sort of like a black Bill Clinton! (hopefully without the indiscretions)
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Let's hope for it ehehe ^^
As for the name, it's funny because at first I chose Andy but it wasn't available and It was funny because the webmaster himself had it eheheh
Dont forget that Clinton was considered the first black president. President Obama is our first bi-racial president (though from his experiences here lives a life of a black man...)

yeah, botty named Andy is cool
 
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Speaking to 300 LGBT activists at a White House reception on Monday, he said: "I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I've made, but by the promises that my administration keeps."
If he doesn't want to be judged on the quality of his speeches (which are from a technical point of view first rate) why doesn't he stop making them and engage in some action like applying a bit of pressure on Congress to repeal DOMA and DADT?
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