VIDEO: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Protests Interrupt Obama Fundraising – Dan Choi and Others in Chains Again
GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Barack Obama during a speech designed to raise funds for California Senator Barbara Boxer’s re-election campaign. The group shouted for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. Military’s policy prohibiting openly gay soldiers from serving this country.
President Obama attempted to regain control of the speech and stay on topic, by acknowledging the group, then returning to endorsements for Senator Boxer. Early on during the interruption, Obama states:
I don’t know why you have to holler, we already hear you.
Thereafter, Obama continually advises the group that he supports the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, but again reiterates his inquiry:
Barbara and I are supportive of a repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, so I don’t know why you are hollering.
But support doesn’t equate to action, and therein lies the problem.
In what is becoming typical fashion for GetEQUAL organizers, bicoastal events were held. The day after the group interrupted Obama in Los Angeles, Dan Choi, Autumn Sandeen and 4 others chained themselves to the the gates of the White House [photo by David Mailloux of dymsum]:
CNN has some video footage of the chained veterans available here.