Years ago, I attended a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer in L.A., paying $200 for the privilege. At this fundraiser, a group of carefully placed hecklers interrupted President Obama, shouting demands that he use his executive powers to stop DADT, something he pledged to do through the powers of Congress. At that fundraiser, he stopped to run over to Barbara Boxer to confirm she had voted against DADT and was a strong advocate of LGBT rights.
At the time, I was outraged at the disrespect and the disruption visited upon the very people fighting for LGBT rights. Of course, we all know that President Obama did the right thing regarding DADT. Rachel Maddow apologized for taking him to task about it right after that heinous law was reversed with legislation instead of a temporary executive order.
So, that fundraiser was one example of the right issue with the wrong advocates harassing a president fighting for their rights. And now the very same thing has happened again. This morning, in San Francisco, a group of well placed (better this time, as they managed to get BEHIND the president on the stage!) heckled him during his speech, demanding he use his executive power to stop illegal immigrants from being deported. Once again, attacking the very person who is fighting daily to get CONGRESS to pass a law he can sign stopping this heinous practice. Once again, right issue, wrong advocates.
Now, I may be spouting a CT theory here, but I find it more than suspect that hecklers with two entirely different issues, both of which are popular with Democrats, would choose to disrupt a FUNDRAISER featuring a true advocate on these two very different issues. Methinks it smacks of set up. How would it look to throw these champions of our own causes out the door? Wouldn't that make Obama look terrible to his base? Wouldn't that cause people to maybe not want to attend his fundraisers in the future? And why would anyone suspect some other agenda for these hecklers? What if they were, in actuality, not Democrats but paid actors to stage these heckling events? I mean, President Obama was giving a speech about the need for immigration reform at this venue. How does it serve that cause to heckle him there? WTF? Why would you denigrate your biggest advocate? Executive orders don't fix these issues permanently. Congress does. Go after F'ng Boehner and Cantor and McConnell over this, not your F'ng ADVOCATES.
Anyway, here's the link. As usual, these hecklers just made the president look good, giving him a chance to show the world that he's unflappable, cool, calm, clear eyed and RIGHT. Stop with the heckling. Just stop it.