Kicking off the segment, CNN anchor Don Lemon played clips of Obama referring to himself as a “fierce advocate” and champion for LGBT rights.
Moran’s opening statement challenged Obama’s advocacy, saying “The issue of being an advocate means you actually have to do something. And unfortunately all we’ve seen from the White House and the Obama administration is more rhetoric and not a lot of action. In fact the most we’ve gotten is a little bit of a circuit party with a Madonna remix in the East Room of the White House and unfortunately that just doesn’t cut it.”
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Signorile, acknowledging that Obama has spoken in support of rights for gay and lesbian Americans, “what he has lacked since taking office is courage, courage to really move forward, move forward on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ move forward on repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).”
On the issue of unfulfilled campaign promises, Signorile said, “The big difference from the campaign to now are the people around Barack Obama who are making him move very cautiously on a variety of issues.”
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