Monday, September 21, 2009

Bush's Rare Moment of Privately Expressed Empathy

For a commencement address at Furman University in spring 2008, Ed Gillespie wanted to insert a few lines condemning gay marriage. Bush called the speech too "condemnatory" and said, "I'm not going to tell some gay kid in the audience that he can't get married." (Of course, Bush ran his 2004 campaign telling that kid just that.) a Huffington Post summary of one claim made by speechwriter Matt Latimer

One of those very rare and unfortunately, very private moments where the president acknowledged, let alone expressed any empathy for gay Americans. For the first time he acknowledged that his words could hurt the gay people who are were graduating that day. If only he had taken that position before he ran for re-election in 2004.

Hey No on 1 Guys, why don't you quote from the book in your ads. Have a gay Mainer introduce himself after that excerpt and then ask the public "Do you want to tell him he/she can't marry his/her loved one?" Then let the the gay Maine resident ask them to defend Maine's commitment to equality and fairness. Don't spit on him.

We could use an ad with Maine parents introducing their gay sons and daughters as well. It would beat those two lame ones they have posted on their web site.

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