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Obama heckled again over 'don't ask'

By Ed O'Keefe

For the second time in as many months, President Obama was heckled about the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy at a California fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer.

But this time, the president shot back.

Speaking Tuesday evening about the economy at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event in San Francisco, the president was interrupted by a man who yelled out, "Move faster on 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

"It's good to see ya," Obama told the man as the crowd booed.

The man continued shouting as the president said, "I have to say, you know what? I saw this guy down in LA." Obama said. Gay rights protesters interrupted the president during an April fundraiser for Boxer in Los Angeles, and the president apparently recognized Tuesday's heckler as the same individual.

Obama popped off about the heckler: "He really should like, buy a ticket to, if he wants to demonstrate, buy a ticket to a guy who doesn't support his point of view."

He added later that "maybe he didn't read the newspapers because we are working with congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

And finally: "I actually think he does read the newspapers because he wasn't as -- his heart wasn't in it -- he said 'Do it faster.' C'mon man..."

The full House and Senate Armed Services Committees are set to vote Thursday to repeal the military's ban on gays and lesbians openly serving in the military once the Pentagon completes a study of how to integrate them. Though House members say they have enough support, the Senate panel is believed to still be a few votes short.

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Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one

Posted by: GWGOLDB | May 26, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what the perverts think about Odumbo?
The incompetent slug is now dissing American veterans and Memorial Day, so he can go back to Chicago and be with his leftist turdhead friends.
He's sending dummy Biden to Arlington, probably so he can spoout off some sort of nonsense about the Odumbo cabal's phantom accomplishments.
These arrogant ars$holes need to be sent home ASAP.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 26, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I guess the teleprompter didn't actually contain any snappy comebacks as all those noted responses are weak. Responding when you don't have anything more to say than some nonsense about buying a ticket shows this is not a guy who can think on his feet (even with a week or more of prep.)

Posted by: menk | May 26, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Most people don't realize the why in Gates position in this nor Obama's. Non-com grunts and jarheads fighting on the ground in Afghanistan do not share an open gay policy and morale/effectiveness will suffer. Obama knows history and saw how the pentagon shafted Carter in the hostage crisis. Judging by the improvements made in the war and outfitting our fighting men, his 100% support for the military leaders positions is a wise choice. There has not been better coordination between the State Dept. and military since WWII. Obama did not push hard on this like health care reform, congress moved it.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

That guy must really be struggling for a cause, because Obama and Pelosi have set aside lots of more urgent problems to devote time to this one.

Obama could be focusing on the oil spill or illegal immigration, but somehow this issue is at the top of his priority list.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 26, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Give the President some credit. Under the Bush administration, the President spoke only to pre-screened audiences of fellow Republicans. At least President Obama is willing to face his detractors directly rather than hide behind "friendly" audiences.

Posted by: warren5 | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama is full of it! He's "negotiating" to DELAY something he PROMISED he'd do when he was campaigning for president. Congress is ready to do it NOW - but HE is the hold up.

What a weak, craven, lying COWARD Obama turned out to be.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Prog/Dems cannot understand why everyone does agree with them. Even though their solution is beat up the opposition, they cannot handle any criticism(s) whatsoever. Poor sports? It's much deeper than that; it's down-right evil. Remember, the guy complaining claimed that "if they show up with a knife, he'll bring a gun."

Posted by: nosam32 | May 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

gwgoldb wrote>>>Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

When soldiers enlist, they know they'll be serving with gays. Apparently, their goal to serve is greater.

Posted by: angie12106 | May 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The FAILURE of the 'authorities' to settle the issue will lead to the rise of the soldiers to take matters into its own hands.

If you think that soldiers are "OK with it" you must be smokin' something.

The 'blanket party' will return as the standard method of dealing with the presence of the sikkie 'gays' and they will walk, if unable to run, away from the Military after meeting Justice handed to them by their peers since their superiors opted out.

Posted by: wpjunk1 | May 26, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Ed, no offense man, but why do these non-stories keep appearing so prominently on the WaPo homepage? An article, with some reporting, would be nice. Could you do me a favor and tell your editor to quit? Thanks.

Posted by: MissAnnThropy | May 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

GWGOLDB, you should look at Tom Toles' spot-on cartoon from yesterday.

The small minority of enlistment-age homophobes in our population are precisely the ones we do NOT want in our military. We don't want or need soldiers unhinged by rage who are living in the past. We want and need balanced individuals who are living in the real world and present time.

Posted by: Itzajob | May 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The peasantry should know better than to criticize King Obama. And for the sake of the rest of the peasantry, please do not distract King Obama from the teleprompter. The resulting responses are usually incoherent.

Posted by: shewholives | May 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Who gives a rat's a-- what your orientation is! Who has the right to heckle anybody when I bet their backyard is full of debris.
Will we all have to start wearing a "yellow star" like in WW2? I am well aware of the stigma put on people because it can lead to blackmail. I do have 3 biological kids. WHEN WILL WE ALL GROW UP?

Posted by: peep1935 | May 26, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

That guy must really be struggling for a cause, because Obama and Pelosi have set aside lots of more urgent problems to devote time to this one.

Obama could be focusing on the oil spill or illegal immigration, but somehow this issue is at the top of his priority list.

Posted by: postfan1
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What BS. Whenever the loony right doesn't like what Obama happens to be talking about at any given moment, they whine that he should do be something else.

Posted by: st50taw | May 26, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@LarryG62: You know that Ronald Reagan sent his Veep to Arlington on Memorial Day too, don't you? And that as close as he got to military service in WWII was making movies for the cause? And you realize that Dick Cheney ducked military service, riiight? Go away you stupid troll. My father is buried at Arlington, I'll be there this weekend and I don't want to see an unpatriotic jerk like you there.

Posted by: greyK | May 26, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Kids In The Hall did a bit on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCieAb-55fU&feature=related

Posted by: yampaco | May 26, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

@ GWGOLDB -- one would hope they have a better grasp on grammar and spelling than you.

These supposed homophobes don't seem to have much problem serving with the gay men and women in the "armed forcesd" now. What's gonna change?

And anyway, what are they serving, the country, or their own prejudices? Gay people must be powerful as hell if they can stand in the way of a supposed patriot defending our freedom.

Posted by: AdmiralX | May 26, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

President Obama, even as commander-in-chief, dare not do anything about "don't ask, don't tell" that the Pentagon does not agree with, and the Pentagon simply does not want openly gay men in the armed forces. They have considered this question for over fifty years and their conclusion is always the same; out-of-closet homosexual men, regardless of their courage, patriotism and other qualifications, do not belong. This president is smart enough to know this so he is just posturing in an election year, hoping to blame Republicans in the eyes of the gay community.

Posted by: loyalsyst | May 26, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

And what would the folks and press have said had Bush 43 or McCain replied to a heckler in this fashion?

Posted by: LNER4472 | May 26, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Keep heckling. I'm Truman could integrate on Executive Order alone, what's the holdup Obama?

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | May 26, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

What a weak, craven, lying COWARD Obama turned out to be.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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I looked it up in the dictionary and your post is the exact definition of a politician!

Posted by: anti-elitist | May 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I think that repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" is way overdue. So far as I know, ours is the only military in the Western world which has such a rule. The Canadian military doesn't, and neither does Australia's. Both of these militaries have demonstrated that they are plenty tough--the Canadians at Dieppe, and the Australians at Tobruk. Neither of these militaries seems to have suffered for it.

Posted by: avi31547 | May 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I would suggest that most who oppose LGBT individuals in our services are either too old or too dumb to wear the uniform anyway. This, of course, excludes those in the senior officer corps, many of whom cannot get past the "way they were raised". Luckily, many can, and have.

When 3/4 of the population, and a majority of rank-and-file service personnel are supportive of repeal, it is time for a change.

All the services will continue to have strict prohibitions on behavior, as they should. All we are discussing is an end to discrimination based on orientation.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | May 26, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama should be heckled every time he opens his mouth! We would be a lot less in debt.

Posted by: astro2009 | May 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

GWGOLDB wrote:

"Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one

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Hey, GWGOLDB, I think they used this argument back in the 40s when the U.S. was trying to integrate the armed forces. You know: that fewer people would enlist because white soldiers wouldn't want to serve with black soldiers. On a totally unrelated note: heard anything about Colin Powell lately? Wonder how that guy's doing.

Posted by: chert | May 26, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I was in the military, and there were several guys who were gay. In a tight knit group its just about impossible to hide much. No one in my group cared at all.

But anyone who slacked was seriously shunned. That is what people in the military care about. Who they sleep with is the last thing on peoples mind in combat.

Inertia is on the side of the homophobes however. Its difficult to move any faster. I think its entirely admirable that Obama is moving to fulfill one of his campaign promises despite the fullness of his agenda.

Posted by: reussere | May 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

A CA homo heckling the US president is anyone shocked? This is exactly why the rule should stand. The rules apply to all get use to it.

Posted by: askgees | May 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama the chickenhawk who never served a day in uniform is more interested in

Barry has no respect for the military whatsoever. He is skipping the Memorial Day laying of the wreath at Arlington Cemetary, a slap in the face to all active duty, reserve and retired service members.

Barry the incompetent boob of a boob also proposed the lowest military pay increase in the entire history of the all-volunteer military, going back to 1973.

This headless chicken in the White House shows utter disdain and disregard for our armed forces members.

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

If you going to let the gays in to the military openly. Then they need to be segregated in a similiar way as women are segregated from the men.
Or you remove the barriors and have open berthing and showers on all military facilities, ships included.

Posted by: movette | May 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't see don't ask don't tell as a priority for this nation in its current economic crisis of unemployment.

Posted by: truth1 | May 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Faster ... come on ... FASTER ... FASTER, MR. PRESIDENT ... FAAASSSSTTTEEEEEEEERRRRR

Posted by: Senjata | May 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a dofoos leftist blasting another dofoos leftist....I love it.

Posted by: jblast2000 | May 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama popped off about the heckler: "He really should like, buy a ticket to, if he wants to demonstrate, buy a ticket to a guy who doesn't support his point of view."

Now can you say this in English so we can understand what exactly you were trying to say.

Posted by: crazydude | May 26, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

You mean those ignorant homophobes don't know that gays already serve in the military?

Posted by: clairevb | May 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Give the President some credit. Under the Bush administration, the President spoke only to pre-screened audiences of fellow Republicans. At least President Obama is willing to face his detractors directly rather than hide behind "friendly" audiences.
Posted by: warren5 | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse
You must suffer from ADHD. Check out the past. It’s only the last 10 years of history so you won’t have to work to hard loser. I also hate be the one to break the news to you but Obama does the same thing yet has taken it a step farter. He holds online town hall meetings with pre screened audiences. You’re one clueless id10t…..

Posted by: askgees | May 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

You mean those ignorant homophobes don't know that gays already serve in the military?

Posted by: clairevb | May 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

There'll be blanket parties aplenty now.

Posted by: ronjaboy | May 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This does show a bit of his thin skinness, doesn't it?

He wants all YES MEN, get it?

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of your opinion on Obama and gays in the military, would someone please explain why they would want to participate in a discussion with LarryG62? Most people would chastise their child for speaking in such a manner.

Posted by: kermit5 | May 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

not sure I want my country defended by a soldier afraid of serving with a gay who is, after all, on the same side.

Posted by: JoeT1 | May 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow you guys want to bash Obama because in your opinion, he wasn't "quick on his feet"? I don't know.... it seems like that was a pretty good comeback. George W. Bush would have just stared at him blankly.

Posted by: destewar | May 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

We as a nation have progressed so much in the past century. We must move forward on this issue. Sexual orientation is just one facet of the human condition...like height, eye color, or skin color. I don't believe for one second that allowing openly gay soldiers in the military will harm its effectiveness. I agree that, unfortunately, there may be some ugly incidents in the early stages, but eventually this will prove to be a great success - as long as military superiors support the policy and enforce its intent.

Posted by: tetre | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers."

Same disgusting argument was made against racial integration of the US military. Didn't justify discrimination then, doesn't justify it now.

Plus, it rests on two demonstrable fallacies: 1) there are no gays serving in the military now (nonsense), and 2) potential military recruits are generally homophobic (also nonsense). Poster shouldn't project his own insecurities onto others.

Posted by: StevenDolley | May 26, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what the perverts think about Odumbo?
The incompetent slug is now dissing American veterans and Memorial Day, so he can go back to Chicago and be with his leftist turdhead friends.
He's sending dummy Biden to Arlington, probably so he can spoout off some sort of nonsense about the Odumbo cabal's phantom accomplishments.
These arrogant ars$holes need to be sent home ASAP.

Posted by: LarryG62
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Obama and Biden aren't "going home" until 2017. Grow up and get used to it.

Posted by: ceefer66 | May 26, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be heckled every time he opens his mouth! We would be a lot less in debt.

Posted by: astro2009

Hilarious - Bush doesn't remember half the incoherent crap he said and our nation was able to more than double our National Debt under him! Fact check people - Republicans have managed to double the National Debt each Time they have been in office for nearly 30 years!! Thanks Reagan for doubling it, Thanks Bush I for doubling it, Thank you Clinton for leaving us with a surplus that would have eliminated the debt in 25 years, and Thank You Bush II for doubling it again!!!!

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Posted by: liuandy58 | May 26, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

President Obama should have responded to the boorish heckler that his purse didn't match his shoes. The country would have loved it.

Posted by: slim2 | May 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

When Truman ordered desegregation of the armed forces, the servicemembers may not have liked it, but they knew he was the commander in chief and did as they were ordered. If today's servicemembers can't do the same thing, they are unworthy of the uniforms they wear, and they certainly don't deserve defense from anyone.
And by the way, whether you like him or not, President Obama is the president of the United States.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 26, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

and to think this clown is POTUS...
shezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

three more years of "Amateur Hour"...

God help us!

Posted by: marine2 | May 26, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that Obama cannot even get respect from his liberal base in California. That guy keeps paying thousands of dollars for fundraiser tickets to a Barbara Boxer event to heckle the President. At least he acknowledged the heckler so it will encourage more at future events.

Hope he does not have to speak to a hostile conservative crowd anywhere. The handlers have to screen all event participants better, kind of like how they have eliminated open press conferences with the President.

Posted by: confussed | May 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Former President Bush couldn’t get a sentence out, and he could only read the teleprompter. He knew he would only gaffe without it. Plus, he stacked his audience with “Bushies” and limited the reporter pool to Fox “newsmen.” Plus, how could I forget that guy name Jeff, who was a Marine, gay prostitute, and a ringer for the Bush Administration. Go to the Web sites published by the Army Times and see the values of today’s military. President Obama is much better by far than our past president.

Posted by: ummhuh1 | May 26, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

'Don't ask, don't tell', along with civil union laws, is the best and most appropriate answer for balance of all concerned in the military and in society in general. Same-gender individuals are protected from discrimination that way, and those opposed on religious grounds - and those whom are simply offended by it & don't want it in their face - are not impinged either.

Bill Clinton had this one right, Obama has it wrong -- found a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

Posted by: RField7 | May 26, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: solsticebelle
Obama is full of it! He's "negotiating" to DELAY something he PROMISED he'd do when he was campaigning for president. Congress is ready to do it NOW - but HE is the hold up.

What a weak, craven, lying COWARD Obama turned out to be.

Oh why don't you call the Waaahhhmbulance or stomp your foot a little harder.
It's not like he hasn't been busy with preventing total meltdown of the financial crisis, double-digit unemployment or getting health care reform legislation passed for the first time in our history. And don't forget the BP spill in the Gulf. You act like all he has to do is wave his magic wand to make it so. I support repealing DODT too, but try to see the big picture for crisssakes, it's not always about you.

Posted by: maiapapaya | May 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If a man or woman is volunteering to take a bullet and die for you/me, thier country and most importantly the person fighting along side of them. Let them.
No one gives a rip if they are gay what they care about is can they handle their rifle so they can all get back home alive.
If your son or daughter is being shot at do you really care that the person who has thier back is gay or not.

Posted by: larsonlk | May 26, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I did not hear that Harry Truman called for a poll of the parents of service members, many of whom had zero choice as to whether they served, as to whether they approved of whites having to share the same barracks as blacks (in many parts of the country, they weren't called Blacks then), let alone whether they would be willing to have their precious darlings take orders from, gasp, a Black officer.

Until the Bush-based recession hit, about 1 in 8 recruits to the Army and Marine Corps needed waivers because of health, mental issues, stupidity, ignorance, substance abuse, criminal conduct up to and including rape, arson, manslaughter, and any combination of the above. So these are the people who get to vote whether "unit cohesion" is affected negatively by having more normal people serve in the Armed Forces instead of them. (I was not aware that at any time since the War of 1812, members of the military got to vote on personnel matters.)

On January 20, 2010, the "audacity of hope" was regretfully replaced by the "paucity of zeal." There is absolutely no GOOD reason that President Obama cannot invoke Stop-Loss to stop the loss of enough talented men and women to form the crews of a flotilla of destroyers like the U.S.S. John S. McCain. The people who don't like him already aren't going to dislike him any less for continuing to perpetrate the same kind of bigotry that keeps our Armed Forces from attracting the most qualified personnel, let alone keeping them.

Posted by: edallan | May 26, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? Can we talk about creating more jobs in America??

Posted by: massmedia77 | May 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Heckler-in-Chief?

Keep your day, job! It wasn't that much of a retort. I can't even figure out what he was trying to say. Maybe he was tired from ducking the political fall out from the oil spill in the gulf.

Posted by: mchristinaw | May 26, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

My young Army relative, who was just blown up by an IED in Afghanistan, wounded but okay, is not happy about the prospects of buggerers joining his platoon.

Our family would like to do some heckling at an Obama speech.

Social engineering in the armed forces should not be a priority. 2012 is coming.

Posted by: IdahoSpud1 | May 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I mean, this man is really presidential, isn't he? He's a real asset to this country. He makes me proud to be an American. Doesn't he make you proud to be an American? He's statesman-like - always! Statesperson-like? Whatever! Why, I'd put him right up there with, uh, uh, who is that guy that was always on the cover of MAD MAGAZINE? November cannot come fast enough! And 2012? Au revoir!! (That's French for "you're outta here!", Obama!)

Posted by: georges2 | May 26, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This president blows off Memorial Day in Arlington National Cemetery to vacation and then involves himself in this nonsense with his core base.

Posted by: mpg515 | May 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Just think if someone did that to President Bush they would be quickly sent to Gitmo. For 8 years Gays said nothing to the President because of fear, now they have attacked Obama because he believes in their mission of rights. Obama isn't a dictator but a President who has to give his policy choices to Congress for a vote. Now Gays and those who wanted rights for Gays gave to Republican campaigns but got nothing and were passed over. Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Obama is a good man because with the conduct of many Gays attacking him, I'd work on something else.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | May 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess the teleprompter didn't actually contain any snappy comebacks as all those noted responses are weak. Responding when you don't have anything more to say than some nonsense about buying a ticket shows this is not a guy who can think on his feet (even with a week or more of prep.)
Posted by: menk
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Yes we all saw how terrible Obama did in debating the entire GOP House on health care. It was so bad for Obama FOXNEWS ended it's broadcast midstream not to embarrass the president. ROFLMAO.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess the teleprompter didn't actually contain any snappy comebacks as all those noted responses are weak. Responding when you don't have anything more to say than some nonsense about buying a ticket shows this is not a guy who can think on his feet (even with a week or more of prep.)
Posted by: menk
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Yes we all saw how terrible Obama did in debating the entire GOP House on health care. It was so bad for Obama FOXNEWS ended it's broadcast midstream not to embarrass the president. ROFLMAO.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one

Posted by: GWGOLDB | May 26, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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Our troops are homophobic? Speak for yourself.

We will get volunteers from gay men and women who currently don't enlist.

Posted by: maggots | May 26, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

My young Army relative, who was just blown up by an IED in Afghanistan, wounded but okay, is not happy about the prospects of buggerers joining his platoon.

Our family would like to do some heckling at an Obama speech. Social engineering in the armed forces should not be a priority. 2012 is coming.

Posted by: IdahoSpud1 | May 26, 2010 1:02

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Your young relative is already serving with "buggerers". In fact, a "buggerer" may have helped save his life!

Frankly, I blame his ignorance on influential family members who should know better (that's you!)

Posted by: maggots | May 26, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Give the President some credit. Under the Bush administration, the President spoke only to pre-screened audiences of fellow Republicans. At least President Obama is willing to face his detractors directly rather than hide behind "friendly" audiences.

Posted by: warren5 | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM |
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What a JOKE !

Obama has pre-screened rallies too, much much more than Bush.

This guy was one of Obama's who is probably turning on the "installed one" like most Americans.

Our Great Divider-in-Chief's approval is now at 43% ..............

Posted by: allenridge | May 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to read so many uninformed comments. Don;'t ask, don't tell is the law. It cannot be overturned by an executive order. Repeal must be approved by both houses of Congress and the votes are not quite there in the Senate. This will happen given the correct approach. It will be voted on in Congress when the votes are there. To bring it to a vote that loses would be counterproductive.

Posted by: Rich13 | May 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The Huckabee Haters are out in full force today with their slurs and smears of the President. In their delusional rage, they will never accept the reality that America elected a young, black intelligent Democrat as President.

Now their teabaggers will split their votes, they need some valium before they totally flip out in their hateful frustration when he gets re-elected.

Posted by: areyousaying | May 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to read so many uninformed comments. Don't ask, don't tell is the law. It cannot be overturned by an executive order. Repeal must be approved by both houses of Congress and the votes are not quite there in the Senate. This will happen given the correct approach. It will be voted on in Congress when the votes are there. To bring it to a vote that loses would be counterproductive.

Posted by: Rich13 | May 26, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.
Posted by: GWGOLDB
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If they are too dumb to know that gays are already serving this country, then they are too dumb to join our elite forces anyway.

Posted by: Beingsensible | May 26, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

gwgoldb wrote>>>Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

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If that's their excuse for not enlisting, then their desire to serve their country must not be very strong. The military would be better off without them.

Posted by: js_edit | May 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The Obama/gay soldier bashing that I'm seeing here is a great argument for re-constituting the Selective Service system and the draft. You'd think that all Americans would be at least a little grateful that anyone is willing to join the military and fight for our country. There seems to be no shame at all in mounting groundless, ugly attacks on real patriots. What do they know about what soldiers think? It's almost guaranteed that they've never been one, will never be one and couldn't be one even if they tried.

Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The people want to be heard, and Obama heckles them. But he doesn't stop with just a one-liner. He has to go on heckling, belittling the person's efforts, the person's dedication, etc.

Does Obama not want this guy's vote in 2012? Is Obama so thin-skinned that he cannot take a little criticism without shooting back, and piling it on even worse than he got? Seriously, this is an embarrassment.

Posted by: blert | May 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"Game Over" Obama!

IT IS NOW CRYSTAL CLEAR to me why you WAITED so long and still continue to dither on declaring a full-out emergency for the Gulf oil spill.

You have the nerve to visit a solar panel factory today and make an appeal for finding alternative energy source to further your agenda of "Greening of America"? Is that the reason why you have delayed and hesitated taking action in safeguarding the shores of Louisiana? It is becoming very clear that Obama will do and say anything to further his left-wing agenda AT ANY COST!

Posted by: american17 | May 26, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

President Obama, even as commander-in-chief, dare not do anything about "don't ask, don't tell" that the Pentagon does not agree with, and the Pentagon simply does not want openly gay men in the armed forces. They have considered this question for over fifty years and their conclusion is always the same; out-of-closet homosexual men, regardless of their courage, patriotism and other qualifications, do not belong. This president is smart enough to know this so he is just posturing in an election year, hoping to blame Republicans in the eyes of the gay community.

Posted by: loyalsyst
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You want to know a funny thing: In the Netherlands they have high ranking officers who are gay and have served with distinction and serve in NATO. Do you want to disobey the officer when that person tells you do to something? Go ahead, you'll be in the brig for insubordination. What will be your defense?

Right now, Admiral Mulden has stated that he would like to remove the don't ask, don't tell policy because all it has done is drum out people that served with distinction. Correctly Congress has to vote for it and McCain has flip flop on this issue.

Posted by: beeker25 | May 26, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to remind Odumbo about his laser like focus on jobs. Seems like the arrogant clown has everythong else in focus but jobs.
What an embarrassing disgrace the dumbas$ is. Disgusting.

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 26, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

and to think this clown is POTUS...
shezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

three more years of "Amateur Hour"...

God help us!
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As long as comedy central (Palin) goes away by 2012 I think we will be o.k.

Posted by: Beingsensible | May 26, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Give the President some credit. Under the Bush administration, the President spoke only to pre-screened audiences of fellow Republicans. At least President Obama is willing to face his detractors directly rather than hide behind "friendly" audiences.

Posted by: warren5 | May 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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He was at a fundraiser for a fellow Democrat, genius.

Posted by: pswift00 | May 26, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It's really odd that the extreme right feels that they can spew their bile starting from any point on the political map. Obama is dumb/Obama is an intellectual elitist. Too much government/why doesn't the government do something. There are gays in the military now - there always has been. Some of the greatest military commanders in history were gay people. What the military doesn't need is big mouthed cowards. The sense of grandiose entitlement is all on the right. You and you can't go fight for me because you're gay. If you could find your brain in all those folds of belly fat you'd realize just how dumb that sounds.

Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I totally disagree with repealing don't ask , don't tell. It will demoralize our military.
And why the rush, rush, rush, on all the Obama bills? That has been his pattern, except when we need a cleanup in Louisians, or to close our borders in Arizona.
Did you know that Obama is breaking with years of president, and is not going to Honor our troops on Memorial Day. He has no real feeling for America. This is an insult and a disgrace.

Posted by: joanz3 | May 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama is in way over his head....but with no real world experiences, who would expect anything else?

Someone noted:

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has responded as he did months ago. "Lawyers in the White House and others have looked into conversations that were had with Congressman Sestak and nothing inappropriate happened," he said multiple times last week.
Match this response with the one Scott McClellan gave in October 2003 when asked about what White House officials may have said about CIA official Valerie Plame. Reporters wanted to know who said what to whom. McClellan responded: "I spoke with those individuals … and those individuals assured me they were not involved in this.""

Posted by: georgedixon | May 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Do the homophobic posters here not realize that the armed services are already full of homosexuals?! Ask a gay soldier if they are alone and they will tell you that patriotic gay Americans are already serving their country in large numbers. I'd just note that the homophobes here are not identifying themselves as members of the armed services, so I can only presume that they choose not to serve, while my gay soldier friends do. They should thank these men and women instead of disparaging them.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | May 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@american1
If we could just squeeze that fat head of yours into the broken drill pipe that would stopper it up real good. The Navy, the Army, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, FEMA, agency scientists - they're all on site and have been on site from day one. What do you want? Why don't *you* go eat the oil - or at least give some BP official a blow job? Get another handle the one you're using doesn't suit you.

Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

LarryG62, What are you....11 years old?

Posted by: swatkins1 | May 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


"If letting self-professed homos in weakens the U.S. military, so much the better"

Typical Liberal

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Let the breeders take the bullets then.

Posted by: NikkiSixx | May 26, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse


"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22. That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for this president."

Miserable failure Obama


Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse


Did you hear that two homosexual men attacked a woman? One held her down, the other did her hair.

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one"

Have you served in the military? Or is your view based on what you see in movies and on TV? I spent 20 years in the military and I wouldn't categorize the majority of the people I met while on active service as homophobic.

Posted by: jamalmstrom | May 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

If their was a kernel of news in this 'story,' I'm afraid I missed it. Or perhaps we are supposed to take away that the Dear One thinks quickly on his feet when He comes under fire from hostile subjects? Actually, though, I think it underscores that he does need to stay closely tethered to the teleprompter. I'm afraid that He has no future as a king on snappy one-liners. He needs to stick to pure awesomeness!

Posted by: Marks1153 | May 26, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

You go, Mr. President. You've got my full support to put these hecklers in their place. If those loudmouths don't have enough decency and respect to just listen to what you have to say, then they deserve whatever response you give them...and I urge you to respond as strongly and consistently as possible. Enough of these rude people!

Posted by: eal1 | May 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one"

Um, nonsense.

I know a lot of military personnel. Not a single one I know would even consider getting out because gays are allowed to serve openly.

Why? Because they are real patriots, and their committment to their country apparently runs a lot deeper than yours.

Posted by: Hillman1 | May 26, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

1) The left cares not at all about access to the military they publicly despise

2) "Gays" in the military is to undercut the institution
...(just like Iraq was the wrong war and Afghanistan was the 'right' war to the left when Bush was in office, today Afghanistan is less loved by the left.....)

3) Homosexuality is as biologically normal as pedophilia or necrophilia.

4) Homosexuality was rightly classed as a mental illness until a 3 to 2 vote by the governing body of American psychiatry in the early 1970's at a convention where no papers on related topics were presented...a "global warming" bit of political science...


In short, homosexuals in the military is a divisive straw-man assault by the loser left.

Posted by: georgedixon | May 26, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You go, Mr. President. You've got my full support to put these hecklers in their place. If those loudmouths don't have enough decency and respect to just listen to what you have to say, then they deserve whatever response you give them...and I urge you to respond as strongly and consistently as possible. Enough of these rude people!

Posted by: eal1 | May 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Von Steuben, the guy who trained our first army at Valley Forge was gay. Frederick the Great was gay. The Spartans, many of them, were gay. Alexander? Caesar?

Many modern combat men are gay.

Gay has succeeded in military history for millenia.

The experiment is not having gays in the military, it has been having women in the military. And if you think gays are a distraction to our soldiers, what do you think women have been?

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

To those who enjoy more rights that gays and lesbians . . . . we have no more patience with our governement and it's citizens who feel it's OK to continue discimination against their fellow gay and lesbian citizens.

We are sick and tired of subsidizing a heterosexual majority's Social Security entitlements. We are sick and tired of the heterosexuals slandering us for being who we are.

Heterosexuals are the ignorant majority and they are the obvious obstacle in gleefully squelching the full equal rights of gays and lesbians.

Gays have suffered for too long at the hands of heterosexuals.

How would heterosexuals like if the tables were turned?

Let's see, in a gay world . . . . Gay muscle boys can beat the crap out of heterosexuals in back alleys. Gay waiters can taint heterosexuals' dinner and drinks with icky stuff. Gay hair stylist can dye your hair the wrong color, ooops, or simply let it fall out! Lesbians can back over you in the Home Depot lot with their pickup trucks. Gay decorators can simply say your purchase is back ordered 'til 2015, sorry. Gay teachers can send heterosexual kids to the principals office for being too straight and having parents of the opposite sex, eewww! What's your choice straight folks? Do you want your rights tread upon by passive aggresive gays and lesbians? After all, you deserve it!

Posted by: tedlpearson | May 26, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd say Obama's impromptu response was funny and logical. I'd also say that our country, if not the world, is mired in possible economic meltdown or greatest recession ever plus 2 ongoing wars, 1 possible war in Korean peninsula, possibly the greatest oil spill damaging the hundreds of thousands of people and creatures, and myriads of other issues like healthcare, financial reform, immigration, etc., I don't consider this particular issue a burning urgency. Don't be so selfish! It'll all be done in good time.

Posted by: pelohoki | May 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Obama THIN SKIN? You betcha!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame it didn't escalate to fisticuffs. My money would have been on the homo *grin*

Ladies and gentlemen, this is only an exhibition, not a competition. Please, no wagering”

Bwahahahahahahaha!!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I love the way the wingnuts and Baggers try to claim that Obama can't speak without a teleprompter, when their own dumb as a post President Bush wasn't even allowed to speak to real people, just rent-a-crowd groups, and even some of those were hustled away for wearing the wrong clothes or laughing at the naked emperor. Before that we had the first Bush who could sometimes manage to complete a sentence correctly, and before that we had Reagan who didn't even know where he was, let alone what he was saying. Quite a record!

Posted by: gposner | May 26, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

GWGOLDB - is that so? Prove it

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | May 26, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: angie12106
"...When soldiers enlist, they know they'll be serving with gays..."
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They do? As I recall, my recruiter never even touched (gawd, sometimes I crack myself up) on the subject.

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 26, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse


Mr. Obama is an embarrassment to the Country.

THE END.

Posted by: wcmillionairre | May 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It strikes me as ironic that commenters under the cloak of anonymity on a web forum would accuse the president of cowardice. It takes a fair amount of courage to take a firm stand on a controversial subject in a polarized and hostile climate.

Cowardice, on the other hand, is more evident in the drive-by comments of pseudonymous web-board chatterati.

Posted by: jaredwrightus | May 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMFAO, Senjata!!

Posted by: sosueme1 | May 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it we have a child for a president.
A child who continually displays the childlike rhetoric, to the liking of a intercity thug playing basketball, wit his homeys.

Posted by: dashriprock | May 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Sestak White House scandal called 'impeachable offense'

Adios Barry!


Posted by: FraudObama | May 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps President Obama should read Dr. King's Why We Can't Wait. Everyone wants their civil rights as soon as possible but finds it okay to delay and plod along with other's. Pick up the pace. As for the idiot homophobe right wing and assorted terrorists who make their way into the military, when they leave because openly gay men and women serve in the armed forces, we will all be the better off.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 26, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama has no guts, and with his total lack of leadership experience, has no idea how a US President should present himself.

THIS is what happens when our democratic process is held hostage by "parties" and lobbyists.

Tell me that Obama versus McCain (with the idiot Palin chained to his neck), is any kind of "choice"? I bet you can't do it without laughing!

Now the entire world is laughing...at US and our "PRESIDENT".

Still America will prevail, from those who would destroy us from within!

Get ready for November and "housecleaning"!
Bring a BIG broom, my friends!

Posted by: wcmillionairre | May 26, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

fr wpjunk1:

>...The 'blanket party' will return as the standard method of dealing with the presence of the sikkie 'gays' and they will walk, if unable to run, away from the Military after meeting Justice handed to them by their peers since their superiors opted out....<

ALL of those who gang up on someone in one of these so-called "blanket parties" then need to be busted to the lowest level, dishonorably discharged, and ALL of their pension given to the victim in this situation.

Posted by: Alex511 | May 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The 'hecker' in an Obama meeting would only gain access if Obama allowed it. The only reason this is a story is to expose the length to which Obama and his flaky progressive cronies will go to espouse their wacko ideals. Vote him out as CA will be doing to Boxer in 2010.

Posted by: imaginemore | May 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@wcmillionairre
"Bring a BIG broom, my friends!"
//
You're not my friend and you can stick your big broom up your big backside. Rat-wing republicans have this tiresome tendency to use all inclusive expressions like wee-the-people to reinforce their boorish, prejudiced nonsense.


Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama, the chickenhawk who never served a day in uniform, dishonors our our service members and veterans alike by skipping out on the Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington cemetery. Much more important to Barry than our service members is Barry taking his second vacation in a month. Barry the champion of open and transparent government who has hid from the press for 338 days without a press conference.

Miserable failure Obama


Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama said, "...we are working with congress as we speak to roll back 'don't ask, don't tell." What a betrayel of those in the U.S. Armed Services and the majority of Americans. Shame on him and the Democrats/progressives who endanger our service members and the USA by advocating the open admittance of homosexuals into the Armed Services, thereby instantaneously expanding the rates of physically- and mentally-diseased individuals in the ranks and exposing other member to the infections these objectively-disordered individuals harbor. These are the facts, available to anyone willing to read medical and psychological statistics related to homosexuality.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | May 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The wheels of bureauracracy move slowly, when they do at all...

Posted by: ozpunk | May 26, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@tedlpearson--

Now *that's* an answer. Y'all should do it. Just for GP.

Posted by: dibee | May 26, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope someone at the Post is preserving these comments for that day in the future when nobody will be able to believe that this was ever controversial.

Posted by: mcclure03 | May 26, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

@DoTheRatThing
You really are a homophobe aren't you? A psychotic maniac as well. Where do you get your so-called facts? Who do you (not you DoTheRatThing - you're obviously medically unqualified for military service) in a firefight with you a gay person or someone eying your skin color or some other personal attribute? "I'm out of here man, I'm not going to risk my life for some (pick pejorative)". As long as knuckle-dragging, hairy palmed rat-wingers are barred from military service the armed forces will be just fine.

Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Remarkable how many right-wing whackos seem to have little to do with their day other than repeat their irrational posts.

For George Dixon, homosexuality is as biologically normal as being left-handed. As it happens, although the vast majority of Americans are right-handed (as the vast majority of Americans are straight), with the exception of Jimmy Carter, every president since (and including) Gerald Ford has been left-handed. Which, I guess, makes Ronald Rotten and both George Bushes genetic perverts.

Posted by: edallan | May 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Obamas should have asked the heckler where the military is going to get recruits to make up for those who will decline to enlist because they don't want to serve with gay soldiers.

Think about it: from what population do our armed forcesd come from? A largely homophobic one

Posted by: GWGOLDB | May 26, 2010 11:02 AM
_______________________________________

It once was largely racist, but the republic still stands...

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 26, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse


From tm13 -

@wcmillionairre
"Bring a BIG broom, my friends!"
//
You're not my friend and you can stick your big broom up your big backside. Rat-wing republicans have this tiresome tendency to use all inclusive expressions like wee-the-people to reinforce their boorish, prejudiced nonsense.
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You are right, I am NOT your friend; what I am is a life-long Democrat, who has contributed more to the DNC than you can ever hope to make in your lifetime. I am also an American Citizen tired of dullard politicians and self-righteous boars such as yourself, tm13.
As for my backside, it has been attached to a fabulous human being for 57 years; you may kiss it, if you wish; it is well-polished from my friends at the DNC, begging for more of my money.

"Have a nice day"!

Posted by: wcmillionairre | May 26, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@wcmillionairre
Oh yeah, that's another tired old trick. "I'm a life-long democrat." Sure you are. Life long liar would be more like it.

Posted by: tm13 | May 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

ashutch---When I was envolved with boxing , the rule was-" dont be involved and talk about sex!!" This rule should be in force for all soldiers, fighting for their lives. Sex is an inappropriate subject of conversation and homosexuals and heterosexuals should keep their mouths shut. All moves on women should absolutely be prohibited.

Posted by: ashutchcomcastnet | May 27, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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