See, this is why we can’t do nice things at the White House anymore.
Obama wanted to celebrate gay pride for the first time at the White House, so he set out a few crab cakes and canapés, ordered the Marine Corps band to play some Barbra Streisand songs and invited some gay activists to come par-tay.
It was a nice gesture, and here’s how it was repaid:
It seems that gay activists are unhappy with President Reagan and his vice-president/one-term president. With Reagan for holding the same opinion of homosexual acts that the majority of people his generation did, and for not organizing legions of taxpayer dollars to find a cure for AIDS. With Bush because, I guess, he was a Republican and therefore evil to all right-thinking homosexuals.
When they were done making their statement for the camera, they decided to post their photos on Facebook, brag about their brave acts of dissent and, in one case, express themselves as eloquently as the Rev. Martin Luther King, if King had a severe case of Tourette’s Syndrome.
“Fuck Reagan,” wrote Matthew Hart, straining to use the communication skills he employs as the national director of public engagement at Solutions for Progress. Because there’s nothing like converting people to your point of view by vulgarly slagging a president while you’re at an official White House function at the president’s invitation.
The fellow giving the thumbs-up to Bush is Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, who said later that his staff warned him not to embarrass them, which implies that he would have given the finger otherwise. This sort of pusillanimous behavior is typical of publishers, even those outside the mainstream.
The other finger-bearer, Zoe Strauss, felt comfortable enough to post her photo on her Facebook page, but not to defend it elsewhere, texting to a reporter, “I’m keeping out of the press.”
Of course, a certain amount of pity has to be felt for these activists. They’re from Philadelphia, the fabled “city of brotherly shove” that once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs during an Eagles game.
They can’t help it. Vulgarity is in their blood. We can only hope that once the religious conservatives abandon their programs to “turn” homosexuals, they’ll turn to eliminating obnoxious behavior among twits such as Hart, Segal and Strauss, who seem constitutionally incapable of celebrating success without a ceremonial crap in the punch bowl.