Daniel Hernandez, gay hero of Tucon, to sit w/ Michele Obama during State Of Union Address

  • metta

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    Jan 24, 2011 6:42 AM GMT


    Daniel Hernandez, gay hero of Tucon, to sit w/ Michele Obama during State Of Union

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    Daniel Hernandez, gay hero of the Tucson rampage, is to sit with First Lady Michele Obama during the State of the Union Address (which happens to be his 21st Birthday). You go, Daniel!
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    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/01/tucson-hero-to-sit-with-michelle-obama-at-state-of-the-union-on-his-birthday.html?xid=huffpost
  • hyperionx

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    Jan 24, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
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  • gary954

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    Jan 24, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    The media is just making too big of a deal out of This Daniel Hernandez. Does not matter whether he is gay or straight, anyone with any human compassion would have helped a shooting victim. Do I think he is a hero? Nope. Do I think he is a good guy for helping his boss in a time of need? Heck yeah. There are plenty of people gay and straight that are hero's and get no recognition at all. Just my thought.
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    Jan 24, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    gary954 saidThe media is just making too big of a deal out of This Daniel Hernandez. Does not matter whether he is gay or straight, anyone with any human compassion would have helped a shooting victim. Do I think he is a hero? Nope. Do I think he is a good guy for helping his boss in a time of need? Heck yeah. There are plenty of people gay and straight that are hero's and get no recognition at all. Just my thought.

    Agree, but there is a method to it. While Obama was definitely sincere in his remarks in Tucson, the fact is it gave him a boost politically. With this development, I think his team is now trying to capitalize on that boost. Will be interesting to see if it backfires at all.
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    Jan 24, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    gary954 saidThe media is just making too big of a deal out of This Daniel Hernandez. Does not matter whether he is gay or straight, anyone with any human compassion would have helped a shooting victim. Do I think he is a hero? Nope. Do I think he is a good guy for helping his boss in a time of need? Heck yeah. There are plenty of people gay and straight that are hero's and get no recognition at all. Just my thought.

    Agree, but there is a method to it. While Obama was definitely sincere in his remarks in Tucson, the fact is it gave him a boost politically. With this development, I think his team is now trying to capitalize on that boost. Will be interesting to see if it backfires at all.


    Ya know never thought of that. Just kinda tired about hearing about this guy and his hero status.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 24, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    I think a President should confine himself to his speech and not introduce special guests. I think this started with Reagan and it has always seemed gimmicky to me. That said, since they're going to do it anyhow, Hernandez is a good choice and certainly deserves it.
  • xflex2000

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    Jan 24, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
    "I think a President should confine himself to his speech and not introduce special guests. I think this started with Reagan and it has always seemed gimmicky to me."

    I think back in the day before new media and the internet, it made more sense as a way to introduce the American public to a real life example of some honorable trait and commend it publicly. Now it seems to be used more as a prop for political points, especially when the person has already been acknowledged and honored at the nationally televised memorial gathering in AZ where the POTUS and other leaders spoke.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    his gayness defines him.. too bad.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    gary954 saidThe media is just making too big of a deal out of This Daniel Hernandez. Does not matter whether he is gay or straight, anyone with any human compassion would have helped a shooting victim. Do I think he is a hero? Nope. Do I think he is a good guy for helping his boss in a time of need? Heck yeah. There are plenty of people gay and straight that are hero's and get no recognition at all. Just my thought.


    Yet, given the changing of these strange times, I'm glad he is gay.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    RuggedRanger15 saidhis gayness defines him.. too bad.



    No it doesn't. It is discussed here because this is a gay site and we are gay. Nothing wrong with that. I saw the story on CNN and a quick mention on my local news about the State of the Union Address. Him being gay was not mentioned in either story. You will also notice it is not mentioned in the OP's link.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    hyperionx saidThe_Rainbow_Flag%2C_GLBT_Pride.jpg


    why would anyone do this to our flag? if i got butthurt about shit i would find it offensive as a gay guy and an american.
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    Jan 24, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    HeartRobb saidNo it doesn't it. It is discussed here because this is a gay site and we are gay. Nothing wrong with that. I saw the story on CNN and a quick mention on my local news about the State of the Union Address. Him being gay was not mentioned in either story. You will also notice it is not mentioned in the OP's link.


    No, his orientation isn't mentioned in most media reports. And that's why the Family Research Council hailed Hernandez as a hero and an example of a true American. (or at least they did before they realized he was one of those icky gays.)
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    Jan 24, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    then why are we making it an issue he is gay if no one else cares? its great what he did but the fact he's gay doesnt make it threadworthy. What he did stands on its own merits.
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    Jan 24, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    RuggedRanger15 saidthen why are we making it an issue he is gay if no one else cares? its great what he did but the fact he's gay doesnt make it threadworthy. What he did stands on its own merits.


    Yes, his actions do stand on their own. And yet Hernandez, despite his heroism, is still a second-class citizen. It's curious to see who hails him as a hero and worthy of honor while simultaneously denigrating gays as disgusting sub-human things. (cf. my earlier FRC mention.)
  • hyperionx

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    Jan 25, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
    blackstrap said
    hyperionx saidThe_Rainbow_Flag%2C_GLBT_Pride.jpg


    why would anyone do this to our flag? if i got butthurt about shit i would find it offensive as a gay guy and an american.


    I sewed it myself too, I'm a regular Betsy Ross. (I really didn't, I just copied it... )

    Don't break your heart about it though, it's just a little freedom of expression!
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    Jan 25, 2011 8:34 PM GMT


    That he's gay IS important so that young people coming to terms with gay and getting all down about the shallowness etc often talked about on here can see that gay people are just as heroic as their straight counterparts.

    What he did IS heroic when you consider so many others fleeing or dropping to the ground concerned for only their own safety.

    A lot of the bigoted straights were duly pissed to find out he was gay but some will learn from this, and just maybe the door of their bigotry will open and let in a little light.

    -Doug
  • metta

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    Jan 25, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    You can find a full list of who will be sitting with the First Lady here:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/01/24/interactive-feature-first-lady-s-box-state-union-address-2011