Recent conservative attacks on some of President Obama's gay nominees could temper the impatience the gay and lesbian leaders and activists showed as he spoke to a major gay civil rights group Saturday night, but the widespread restlessness still is palpable.
Obama's speech to the Human Rights Campaign was going fine until one dissident, Joe Brownhole, suddenly yelled out "YOU SUCK!!"
Just like in the case of the earlier insult from Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, Obama ignored the remark but while things got quite after Joe's outburst, there was loud applause after the "YOU SUCK!" so the guy yelled it again, to a roar of laughter.
Finally, in a disarming gesture as has helped the President all during his campaign for the White House and in his first nine months in office, Obama looked back at the crowd once the laughter had subsided and asked, "Is that good or bad?"
Another roar of laughter went up as the camera swung to Joe Brownhole in the audience who merely shrugged and smiled!
Gay Education Department official, Kevin Jennings, and a lesbian nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chai Feldblum, who have been the targets of a flurry of criticism from conservative groups and some media outlets, immediately nominated President Barack Obama for a GLAAD Media Award!
"It certainly can't hurt if people on our side realize the vehemence of the opposition the president faces," a topped gay Democrat close to Obama told the Truth Tattler
"The stuff the right wing is cranking out is horrible, terrible, silly, sad and (sob!) downright mean."
"There are a lot of understandably impatient LGBT Americans but while all their criticism is well-intended, some of it is from misunderstandings."
"The speech certainly helped", stated one of the audience later, "but I can vouch that there were no weiner waves. If he hadn't jumped from gay legislation coming up and gone to that ****** health care bill, I would have given it a "Big 6 1/2", but since he DID go right to that silly health care thing for the 1,000th time, he gets a "Floppy Fat 4" from me!"