Category Archives: Barack Obama

Two years ago today Obama said…

marriage equalityAnd that was a game changer.  The LGBT community no longer had to justify their intentions to make marriage equality part of the national agenda; not just something to be discussed in a handful of progressive states.  Public opinion everywhere shifted (and quickly) within days. More importantly the African American community for the first time united behind the concept that the right to marry is a civil right (Obama’s endorsement unites black and gay communities).

After President Obama shared what was essentially a personal opinion, it changed everything (at least for me).  Obama set a standard that all future Presidential nominees will now be found wanting if they don’t support marriage equality. Thank you President Obama (President Obama support for same sex marriage is a game changer).

Don’t believe me? A 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 59% of voters nationwide support the freedom to marry and 50% or more of Americans in every region of the country support the freedom to marry.

Obama speaks out for gun control (again)

Gun controlI was going to write an emphatic and emotionally charged post in response to President Obama’s speech about gun control but in the middle of my rant I thought “What is the point?”  With more than 90% of Americans wanting background checks for people who purchase fire arms – it is tough to understand why US Senate Republicans have said they will filibuster and prevent a vote to take place.  The really sad part of this story is that even if these Senators did allow a vote to take place, I don’t actually believe the US Senate (let alone the US Congress) would pass the legislation – to say I’m depressed is an understatement.

President Obama gave an impassioned speech today in Connecticut in favor of passing legislation that would mandate background checks for anyone who wants to buy a gun.  If you care about these things, watch the video below. 

Obama’s support for same sex marriage is a game changer

Year in rewind: BosGuy’s favorite posts from 2012

In May, Obama made history as the first sitting US President to voice his support for marriage equality; for me it solidified my flagging support.  I immediately inserted his quote to this photograph and watched proudly as the image went viral on a number of national blogs.

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Obama Marriage EqualityPresident Obama “came out” in support of same sex marriage yesterday.  Why he chose now and how he got to this point is irrelevant to me. What does matter is a sitting President is on record supporting marriage equality, and that is a game changer for three crucial reasons.

First, although his support does not change Federal Law, having the public support of the highest elected official in the country matters (and it matters a lot).  When Massachusetts legalized Same Sex Marriage on May 17, 2004 it was only because incremental changes  and advancements which had started years before came to fruition.  Obama’s support is more than an incremental advancement.

Obama’s standing within the African American, Black and Arabic communities here and abroad is without equal.  These communities have long been some of the most vocal opposing same sex marriage. Obama’s endorsement and framing the issue as one of equality and fairness will have significant impact on these communities. No doubt there will be some heated sermons in traditionally black churches this Sunday through out the United States.

Lastly, Obama has set a standard which all future Presidential nominees will now be found wanting if they don’t support marriage equality. While this will fire up those opposed to same sex marriage; I believe this is still a gain for the President and for states currently debating legalizing same sex marriage.  Americans love to support winners and the prejudicial arguments to oppose same sex marriage is sounding more and more like a losing argument.  Obama’s support is a game changer.

Obama and Spiderman

Spiderman

Source: Pete Souza/The White House, Oct. 26, 2012

I know it is nearly Christmas but I love this photograph Time Magazine posted, showing President Obama playing with the son of a White House staffer – otherwise known as Spiderman.

I love this image.

Lessons for the Republican Party

With the national elections now behind us and the results tallied we can go back to a life not consumed by politics.  However, I can’t help but wonder what lessons the Republican Party might learn.

Will Tea Party or Christian Conservative elements of the Republican Party emerge or will a more socially progressive wing flex its muscle? One need not be a political scientist to understand the Republican Party is losing ground with increasingly important voting demographics like  Women (who made up more than 54% of the electorate) and Latino voters, which is one of the fastest growing demographics in the U.S. (now 10% of the electorate).

Perhaps the best evidence of the Republican Party’s waning influence was seen in the US Senate races.  With Democrats defending 23 seats and Republicans defending only 10 seats (and needing to pick up just 4 seats to gain a majority)  it was widely believed Democrats would lose control of the Senate. However, across the country Republicans lost in states like MA and CT in the Northeast, WI and IN in the MidWest and even in the South in VA. The lesson from the 2012 election is that you can no longer support programs that marginalize women or minority groups and expect to win (with the possible exception of the South).

My message to Republicans Drop the faith-laced language, the xenophobic hyperbole, your homophobic stereotypes and you will find a receptive audience to your smaller government message.  If you cannot, your days as a national party are numbered.

Words matter

Wanted to revisit a rather important moment for me this past May.

Tweet of the day: Obama

Obama’s timely Tweet to Clint Eastwood at the RNC Obama TweetAs posted on JMG.

Obama campaign hits Romney hard

Obama’s latest campaign commercial has conservatives howling “unfair”.  It also happens to be very effective. The out-of-tune singing of Gov. Romney creates a powerful not so subliminal message painting the former governor as out of tune and step.  Will it work? The quick and harsh response from the candidate speaks for itself.  Curious to see how Romney counter-punches and if it has the same sting as this advert.

CNN Headline: Affordable Care Act constitutional

ACA RulingThere are nuances and changes in particular with regards to Medicaid as I understand it but conservative Chief Justice Roberts surprised everyone by ruling with the court’s more liberal justices in a 5-4 split court decision.

Free LGBT for Obama bumpersticker

LGBT I wonder if I should request a bumper sticker and affix it to my ass since I rarely drive.  Probably a bad idea… However, if you want one the Obama – Biden re-election campaign would love to send you a bumper sticker. You can request one by linking here.

Obama’s endorsement unites black and gay communities

marriage equality Earlier, I wrote about the impact President Obama’s support for legalizing same sex marriage had in Maryland – a state that recently past legislation that would legalize same sex marriages starting in 2013 in my post, Maryland public opinion shifts in favor of same sex marriage.  The 12-point shift was attributed to African American voters change in opinion following the President’s endorsement.

Now a Washington Post-ABC survey finds that opinions of same sex marriage in the African American community may be shifting even faster than the Maryland survey would lead people to believe.  This survey finds that nationally there has been an 18-point shift with 59% of blacks now saying they are in favor of same sex marriage.

These latest polls show Obama’s announcement may have been shrewd politics as it has united two important bases for the Democratic Party.

Maryland public opinion shifts in favor of same sex marriage

According to an article published by The Huffington Post, a recent poll by Marylanders for Equality shows a significant shift in public opinion supporting same sex marriage.

This is significant because Maryland recently passed a gay marriage law that goes into effect January 1, 2013 which opponents are trying to have overturned in a referendum vote later this year.

The poll shows a 12-point shift in favor of same sex marriage with 57% now saying they would vote to uphold the Maryland law.  According to the report “The shift can be explained ‘almost entirely’ by a change in black voters’ attitudes.”

The reason for that shift in attitude in my opinion may be summed up in one word, “Obama”.

Elections matter

LGBT ObamaLast week President Obama made news when he added another first to his Presidency, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to support same sex marriage.  Cold calculated political move or something he genuinely believes (probably both but I don’t care).

In the days following his  announcement, Obama has raised more than $21 million.  Despite the fact that the economy remains the top issue for nearly all Americans, I can’t help but feel that Obama’s support has significantly increased the excitement for his base.  In recent days Obama has also indicated that he doesn’t believe the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional.  These latest comments come only months after Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Be sure to register to vote and help to support President Obama. Should Romney win, The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed and it is likely Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will be brought back.

Your Vote Matters

Texts from Hillary

ObamaHave a new “favorite” in this series of Texts from Hillary.

Obama’s support for same sex marriage is a game changer

Obama Marriage EqualityPresident Obama “came out” in support of same sex marriage yesterday.  Why he chose now and how he got to this point is irrelevant to me. What does matter is a sitting President is on record supporting marriage equality, and that is a game changer for three crucial reasons.

First, although his support does not change Federal Law, having the public support of the highest elected official in the country matters (and it matters a lot).  When Massachusetts legalized Same Sex Marriage on May 17, 2004 it was only because incremental changes  and advancements which had started years before came to fruition.  Obama’s support is more than an incremental advancement.

Obama’s standing within the African American, Black and Arabic communities here and abroad is without equal.  These communities have long been some of the most vocal opposing same sex marriage. Obama’s endorsement and framing the issue as one of equality and fairness will have significant impact on these communities. No doubt there will be some heated sermons in traditionally black churches this Sunday through out the United States.

Lastly, Obama has set a standard which all future Presidential nominees will now be found wanting if they don’t support marriage equality. While this will fire up those opposed to same sex marriage; I believe this is still a gain for the President and for states currently debating legalizing same sex marriage.  Americans love to support winners and the prejudicial arguments to oppose same sex marriage is sounding more and more like a losing argument.  Obama’s support is a game changer.