McCain v. Obama

From the title, you might assume that I’m talking about Sen. John McCain, Barack Obama’s opponent in the 2008 Presidential election. Or you might think I’m talking about the senator’s wife, who was recently a very notable participant in the “NO H8” campaign opposing Proposition 8 in California. But no, I’m actually talking about the senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain.

Turns out she’s got some surprisingly vehement support of gay rights bubbling up inside of her.

In a blog post entitled, “Obama’s Gay Dodge” Ms. McCain made a strong case for why she felt the President had given “pretty words delivered by a beautiful orator” (such as his speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner in Washington, DC in October) but had failed to deliver on his promises to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Obama offered no timeline for phasing out this policy and, as usual, no real specifics. But the president verbalized his commitment to ending it—which is not insignificant. Unfortunately, I am a bottom line type of girl and I see no bottom line here. During the election, Obama pledged that the very first thing he would do as president would be to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Although I thought it was an ambitious promise, I believed him. It’s now almost a year into his presidency and other than making speeches, nothing has happened.

She’s got a point. As happy as I am to have a President that is verbally supportive of LGBT initiatives, it’d be better to have some serious effort to make things happen on them.

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