If anyone is interested in joining the excitement of the HRC dinner, I suggest you check out the live feed at Bilerico. Bil Browning is at the dinner and taking questions live. Some highlights from Obama’s speech thus far (all provided via twitter)
“Do not doubt the direction we are headed and the destination we will reach.”
“Together we will move closer 2 where no 1 in American has 2 fear being gay or walk down the street holding the hand of their loved 1.”
“I will end ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’, that’s my commitment to you.”
President Obama is addressing a large number of his constituents tonight to underscore their legitimate criticism of his failure to follow through on several campaign promises. Tonight is an olive branch opportunity for Obama to confirm his commitment to the cause of equal rights and convince a community of people that he does not intend to leave them behind. One can only hope that his well articulated speech tonight will translate into political action tomorrow. Too often LGBT rights are promised and then placed on the back burner when shit gets tough.
Obama stated, “I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I’ve made, but by the promises that my administration keeps.” When will it be the right time? Even the idea of a “right time” for equal rights says wonders about our political system.