October 14, 2009


What if Obama really wants a fight over gay pajamas? (Andrew Malcolm, 10/13/09, LA Times)

[I]t was very surprising -- even jarring -- when on Sunday CNBC's John Harwood, long a respected political journalist, reported a conversation with an anonymous White....
... House "advisor" about the growing grumbling coming not from the predictable party of No but from, oh my, Obama's own political left, described as the "Internet left fringe."

Here, just hours after Obama's warm remarks to his applauding gay constituency, is how Harwood described the conversation on air:

For a sign of how seriously the White House does or doesn't take this opposition, one adviser told me today those bloggers need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely-divided country is complicated and difficult.

Barack Obama senior adviser David Axelrod

There's nothing inherently wrong with pajamas. Obama was wearing his when he found about his Nobel Peace Prize early Friday.

In an e-mail to Huffington Post Monday Harwood clarified that the advisor was referring to the whole Democratic left, not just gays and lesbians.

But predictably such blunt talk ignited a furor over in that nattering neighborhood.

AmericaBlog's thoughtful John Aravosis wrote:

So the gay community, and its concerns about President Obama's inaction, and backtracking, on DADT and DOMA, are now, according to President Obama's White House, part of a larger "fringe" that acts like small children who play in their pajamas and need to grow up.


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 14, 2009 5:53 AM
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