So hate crimes legislation will be signed when it reaches Obama's desk. Great. Yet, this speech is feeling like rhetoric. I am not hearing anything related to dates that things will begin to take place, or specific pieces of legislation that are in the congressional hopper right now. These ideas remain lost in a fog of inaction.
He has mentioned his disdain for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and Obama has even said that he is committed to ending it, but, again, I am still waiting to hear something substantive. When will that happen? Why not offer to do a stop-loss order and freeze the processing out of those who are being forced out under this horrible policy? That would have been a great announcement.
He is now on about DOMA, but again who is writing this "Domestic Benefits and Obligations Act" that he mentioned? Which members are going to be responsible for shepherding this legislation?
Obama has fallen on boilerplate statements regarding the GLBT community, and it's disappointing. Simply re-stating your hopes is not sufficient any longer Mr. President. I am also sure that P-Flag appreciates the shout out, and it is a shout out that is well deserved. Yet, the GLBT community needs a genuine fierce advocate, like the woman you profiled.
I just don't think that that fierce advocate is Barack Obama. Hell, his own speech should be enough to make him change his mind about civil marriage equality. But, it hasn't. And so, Obama is leaving the stage having said nothing new. That, to me, is the real shame, a lost opportunity.
Mr. President, might I suggest that you hold off from addressing the GLBT community until the time comes when you really have something revelatory to say or something groundbreaking to report. Otherwise, it's a waste of your time and our time. Mr. President, you cannot afford that, nor can we. Too much is at stake. A fierce advocate would know that.