Obama appoints first male and openly gay social secretary

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    Feb 25, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-social-secretary-20110226,0,4678431.story
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    Feb 26, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    This an historic step forward in the inclusion of OPENLY gay Americans in all roles and positions in our society and government.
    We should celebrate it.

    And yet we hear nothing but a deafening silence from the RJ right-wingers here, who love to sell the BS right-wing talking point that President Obama has done nothing for gay Americans.
    The FACT is that President Obama has done more in two years than any president in U.S. history - by far.
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    Feb 26, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    Does this mean the Social Secretary and his partner are likely to be visible at White House events? That would be awesome.
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    Feb 26, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    Upper_Canadian saidDoes this mean the Social Secretary and his partner are likely to be visible at White House events? That would be awesome.



    Something to look forward to!
    Can't wait to see how Fox covers that.
    Won't it put them in an awkward squeeze play?
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    Feb 26, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    First, congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Bernard on his selection.

    He will most likely fulfill the duties of his office in a manner befitting his abilities and prior accomplishments.

    While Rick is correct in saying Obama has done more for LGBT issues than any other POTUS before... he still falls somewhat short of the marks most liberals were hoping for.

    I would not be at all surprised to learn that this was yet another politically conenient move as well, to reclaim our votes after having dragged his feet on DADT and not pushing the Democratic congressional supermajority to repeal both it and DOMA, and push for the passing of ENDA.

    Winning us through meeting our lowered expectations. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 26, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    alphatrigger saidFirst, congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Bernard on his selection.

    He will most likely fulfill the duties of his office in a manner befitting his abilities and prior accomplishments.

    While Rick is correct in saying Obama has done more for LGBT issues than any other POTUS before... he still falls somewhat short of the marks most liberals were hoping for.

    I would not be at all surprised to learn that this was yet another politically conenient move as well, to reclaim our votes after having dragged his feet on DADT and not pushing the Democratic congressional supermajority to repeal both it and DOMA, and push for the passing of ENDA.

    Winning us through meeting our lowered expectations. icon_smile.gif




    Yet another post criticizing President Obama from alpha - the "Independent".
    LOL!
    Too predictable.
    President Obama does something for gay Americans that no other president has ever even considered doing -and somehow alpha thinks the appropriate response is to whine and pick and say it's nothing.

    Clearly - alpha is a right-winger working to try to defeat Obama in 2012.
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    That's awesome, glad he is actually trying to help the community!
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Does anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"

    Hilary Clinton and Janet Napolitano are much important appointments. As is Janet Reno's appointment to AG by Bill Clinton. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Obama has done a lot as far as gay rights, but as far as jobs and the economy, i give him a F. lol
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Aquanerd saidDoes anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"...



    Stereotypical or not, there are gonna be some FABULOUS parties at the White House.
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Aquanerd saidDoes anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"...



    Stereotypical or not, there are gonna be some FABULOUS parties at the White House.


    No argument there. LOL
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    These have rightly been described as "historic times" for gay Americans, thanks to the progress that's resulting from the actions of the Obama administration.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_white_house_social_secretary
    It's just a shame that some gay Repubs have to try to shit on the progress that we're making - for their own partisan political reasons.
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Aquanerd saidDoes anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"

    Hilary Clinton and Janet Napolitano are much important appointments. As is Janet Reno's appointment to AG by Bill Clinton. icon_cool.gif

    I'm surprised he didn't appoint him official WH florist and pillow fluffer!

    The man was as adviser to the American ambassador in Paris
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    The "Ignore Post" button does wonders in increasing the IQ of the Forum posts.
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Aquanerd saidDoes anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"

    Hilary Clinton and Janet Napolitano are much important appointments. As is Janet Reno's appointment to AG by Bill Clinton. icon_cool.gif


    thank you!!! That was my first thought too! Appoint a gay secretary of defense and we'll be talking

    it is too predictable isn't, Im sure he is perfectly capable for the Job, but to classified this as a major move on the Obama adminstration is a joke. Now the decission to stop defending DOMA that is something to aplaude.
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Aquanerd saidThe "Ignore Post" button does wonders in increasing the IQ of the Forum posts.



    and lessening the IQ of those who choose to use the button.

    Closing your ears and mind to other viewpoints is limiting to one's intellect, not expanding.
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    Feb 26, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    Aquanerd saidDoes anyone else find this a bit stereotypical? Appoint the gay guy to be the "Party Planner?"

    Hilary Clinton and Janet Napolitano are much important appointments. As is Janet Reno's appointment to AG by Bill Clinton. icon_cool.gif


    No. I agree that the scope of Clinton and Napolitano's roles (as well as Holder for African Americans) are bigger steps, but this is still a nice bump. And, remember, this is one of many gay and lesbian appointments (the most ever) made by Obama, as well as appointing the first transgender person ever.