October 5th, 2009
01:49 PM ET
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Obama to be keynote speaker at HRC dinner

Obama to be keynote speaker at HRC dinner.
Obama to be keynote speaker at HRC dinner.

WASHINGTON (CNN ) – President Obama will speak at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner in Washington this weekend, the White House said Monday.

The president, who has faced complaints from liberals over his administration's failure thus far to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prohibits openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military, will be the second president to address the nation's largest gay rights group - Bill Clinton was the first, in 1997. Obama's comments will come the day before a major rally in Washington by critics of that policy.

Also appearing at the dinner: Lady Gaga, the cast of Glee, and Broadway star Gavin Creel.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Obama Victim

    and the apology tour continues

    October 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Derrick Lowery

    This President has done nothing to advance equality for GLBT people. He has not fulfilled ANY of the promises he made to us while he was campaigning. Sorry HRC, but until there are some RESULTS from all the money, time and effort we spent electing this guy – there should be no further support. The GayTM is closed.

    October 5, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. ch

    Good news! Gay Americans are not going away – we will continue to fight for our rights.

    There is no stopping equality.

    And we have made SIGNIFICANT progress in the last 10 years much to the frustration of angry, ignorant GOP homophobes!

    October 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. DickCheneyTheMadharchodh

    well well well...... whoever is barking out loud today on Afghanistan and the policy, they better understand 2 things first:

    1) how much time are you giving the "new" guy to correct an 8 year old shet (but not yet complete for another 3 years) i.e. IRAQ and fix the neglected but epicenter of the karma (Afghanistan)
    2) the relevant and considerable successes, our folks are having in Pakistan and the region AFTER a long while

    More forces might be good (esp. for the war mongerers in the GOP and pro-war / pro-armed conflict minds) but we should ALSO look for alternative plans which could address the issues albeit in a little longer time period but who cares – right? Is any arsehole SURE here that suppressing terrorists through force is the END of it all??????

    No way!!!

    October 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Roger Franklin

    Obama isn't for openly gay anything. He's a true conservative,but favors liberal policy to be more popular.He's really stalling the "Don't Ask ,Don't Tell" because he doesn't want any involvement in this crap. Why don't people just be a little bit more discreet, it's not hard.

    October 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Operation Replacement

    This rally is an attempt by the old guard gays based in California
    to control the national gay agenda after a series of major political
    and legal defeats in that state. They know Obama has other, more
    important, goals to achieve first before tackling the thorny Don't Ask,
    Don't Tell quagmire.

    October 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. NOBAMA

    BOOOOO, more promises and empty words? Really people, I hope you invited him for the photo op, not for the hard work and dedication he has FAILED to bring us all!

    October 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. no need to know

    President Obama is without a doubt the Greatest President America has ever had behind him is Lyndon Johnson behind him is Jimmy Carter behind him is Bill Clinton behind him is Harry Truman behind him Abraham Lincoln. The worst President ever was George Bush Jr behind him Ronald Reagan behind him all the rest.

    October 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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