Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Obama Discusses DADT... Finally

I'm honest to god astonished that President Obama mentioned gays in his State of the Union address Wednesday. To bring attention to a campaign promise that he has thus far failed to act on was noble and admirable...

He said, "We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law you should be protected by it. We must continually renew this promise. We finally strengthened our laws to protect against crimes driven by hate. This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are."

Since DADT passed into law in 1992, more than 10,500 service members have been discharged under the law... And thank the lord that John McCain isn't our president. He said on Larry King later, "DADT has been a very effective policy and one that has worked." Worked how? Worked for whom?!!

Otherwise, fine, powerful presidential speech. Obama sounded confident and undeterred. The job talk was all well and good, but I'll believe anything when I see it... How horribly shameful to see the whole lot of Republican senators sitting, scowling, arms folded, refusing to react, like a roomful of spoiled babies. If ever there was evidence for term limits, take a look at those abysmal lifetime politicians.But the best part of the evening was the hilarious Republican response after Obama's speech, giving us a glimpse of Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Republican's new white hope. I adored his "perfectly assembled America," with a Latin veteran, a black, an Asian and a white woman behind him, beaming like Stepford wives. Speaking of, the poor gov was so wooden that I was actually looking for strings attached to his arms as he gestured ("High on the hill was a lonely goatherd!"). He was so over-rehearsed and deliberate, it was painful.