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Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:01:41 AM »
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Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games

Posted By Paula Bolyard On August 9, 2014 @ 9:31 pm In Culture,Sports | 6 Comments


President Obama made a surprise video appearance at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland on Saturday. Joining Greg Louganis, Lance Bass, the Pointer Sisters, and Broadway’s Andrea McArdle and Alex Newell in celebrating the event, Obama said, “Since 1982 the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes and supporters around the world a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, and inspire others.”

President Obama, who is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, noted how the country has changed since the games began in 1982. “We’ve also seen America change in that time, even since 2006, when the games were last held in the United States in my hometown of Chicago. We’ve come a long way in our commitment to the equal rights of LGBT people here and around the world,” he said.

As international crises continue to dominate the world stage, the president took a break from his vacation and busy golf schedule to record the message for the Gay Games, boasting about his accomplishments on behalf of the LGBT movement since becoming president.  ”I’m proud of my administration’s record and of the citizens who’ve helped push for justice.”

The president had a special message for those living in countries that persecute LGBT individuals, explaining what he believes to be the “very idea” of America. “You should know that the United States stands with you and for your human rights, just as our athletes stand with you on the field at these games,” he said. “After all, the very idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, you can make it if you try. That’s who we are. That’s who we should continually strive to be. ”

Obama wished the athletes well. “We’re also a country that loves competition, so let’s get these games underway. Good luck to the athletes, have a great time in Cleveland and Akron, and go, Team U.S. A.!”

“The Gay Games is thrilled to have President Obama take his time to show his commitment to the Games’ mission of inclusion, participation and personal best,” said Hollie Ksiezyk, co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games.

Fellow co-chair Steve Sokany agreed. ”It was a special moment that no one in the arena will forget and a great way to kick off the exciting Games week,” he said.

Journalist Connie Schultz, wife of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, tweeted about how deeply moved she and Sen. Brown were by the opening ceremony:
 

Approximately 8,000 athletes are expected to participate in 36 events over the next week.

Watch the video of Obama on the next page.


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Re: Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 08:46:05 AM »
Priorities ...   **nononono*
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 08:56:01 AM »
Compare and contrast:
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Prince Harry launching paralympic games for wounded vets
By Kate Briquelet NY Post
August 10, 2014 | 1:41am

Prince Harry recounted the horrors of war as he explained why he was launching a paralympic games for wounded service people.

“Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads . . . wrapped in plastic and missing limbs, with hundreds of tubes coming out of them, was something I never prepared myself for,” Harry wrote in the Sunday Times of London. “For me, this is where it all started.”

The prince is plugging the Invictus Games, a London tournament next month that will draw 400 injured servicemen and women from 14 countries.

The games, founded by Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, will feature such events as wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

The Foo Fighters are slated to perform in a closing concert.

« Last Edit: August 10, 2014, 08:56:41 AM by mountaineer »
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Re: Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 09:19:49 AM »
Just another of thousands of tax payer funded campaign stunts by Obama. How much did we pay to fly him from his 8000 sq. ft. multimillion dollar masion in Martha's vineyard and back for this nonsense.
 
He doesn't have time to attend his security briefings. He doesn't have time to do his job, you know, because he is too busy. Too busy doing what nobody knows?
 
But he has plenty of time for fundraising, golf, vaction, and stuff like this.
 
What a slacker loser, and America elected him. (twice)
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014, 09:24:41 AM »
Priorities ...   **nononono*

Yep.  Always time for what's important to him.
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014, 10:01:45 AM »

What a slacker loser, and America elected him. (twice)

I swear, my otherwise intelligent twin brother would vote for him again.  I must have deprived him of nourishment or oxygen while we were in the womb.
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 10:14:04 AM »
I swear, my otherwise intelligent twin brother would vote for him again.  I must have deprived him of nourishment or oxygen while we were in the womb.

Same here Lando, although my brother is not so otherwise intelligent. He is a mega-LIV who has totally bought in to the cultural meme that Republicans are evil and Democrats are good.
 
You cannot argue with him because he doesn't know enough to even understand what you are telling him. And when you dumb it down for him to where he can understand it, then he just gets confused and shuts it out. He doesn't want to think. He doesn't want anything to be complicated. As long as he has his preconceived good/bad mindset, that is enough for him. He is happy with that because it makes everything easy.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2014, 10:17:20 AM »

Same here Lando, although my brother is not so otherwise intelligent. He is a mega-LIV who has totally bought in to the cultural meme that Republicans are evil and Democrats are good.
 
You cannot argue with him because he doesn't know enough to even understand what you are telling him. And when you dumb it down for him to where he can understand it, then he just gets confused and shuts it out. He doesn't want to think. He doesn't want anything to be complicated. As long as he has his preconceived good/bad mindset, that is enough for him. He is happy with that because it makes everything easy.

You summed up half the electorate.  **sigh**
For the progressive, there is very little to love about the United States. Washington, Jefferson, Madison? A bunch of rotten slaveholders, hypocrites, and cowards even when their hearts were in the right places. The Declaration of Independence? A manifesto for the propertied classes. The Constitution? An artifact of sexism and white supremacy. The sacrifices in the great wars of the 20th century? Feeding the poor and the disenfranchised into the meat-grinder of imperialism. The gifts of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan, Astor? Blood money from self-aggrandizing robber barons. Nat Rev

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Re: Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 10:23:11 AM »
He doesn't want to think. He doesn't want anything to be complicated. As long as he has his preconceived good/bad mindset, that is enough for him. He is happy with that because it makes everything easy.

This is unfortunately the case for a lot of people. :(
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 03:43:01 PM »
You GOTTA have priorities!
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Re: Obama Makes Surprise Appearance to Kick Off Gay Games
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2014, 04:11:02 PM »
I swear, my otherwise intelligent twin brother would vote for him again.  I must have deprived him of nourishment or oxygen while we were in the womb.

My brother has 3 Masters degrees and the dumb ass voted for Obama twice.  You can never talk to him about politics because its too easy to think of killing him.
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2014, 04:35:56 PM »
You summed up half the electorate.  **sigh**

Sir Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against Democracy could be found in a ten minute conversation with the average voter....

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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2014, 11:18:04 PM »
Sir Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against Democracy could be found in a ten minute conversation with the average voter....

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Most people just want somebody else to do their thinking for them, and never really get to the meat of the philosophy behind the opinion.
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