At Netroots panel, Dan Choi rips Obama volunteer's flyer over President's position on marriage
I witnessed a weird-ass moment courtesy of an Obama volunteer today at the Netroots Nation panel, ‘What To Do When The President Is Just Not That Into You.’ First the description of the panel:
THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
PANEL, L100 FG
The signing of a “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal act late last year demonstrated change was possible, but it did not come without a fight. The struggles between activists, donors, lobbyists, journalists and the administration in 2009-10 provides insights for other progressive movements pushing this administration to lead on our issues.
PANELISTS: Joan McCarter, Dan Choi, Jane Hamsher, John Aravosis, Felipe Matos
My phone was nearly dead at this point, so all I have is this pic before the fracas occurred.
Luckily, Igor Volsky of Think Progress LGBT was there to see it and post the video. This was surreal, as in bad theatrics by someone in the audience.
Lt. Dan Choi ripped up an Obama For America (OFA) flyer this afternoon during a panel at Netroots Nation when he was confronted by an Obama volunteer who attempted to explain away the President’s opposition to same-sex marriage:
NICK (Obama volunteer): I can’t say I’m for marriage equality, but as a bisexual man, I would take a bullet for both of you.
CHOI: You say you’re not for marriage equality?
NICK: I can’t, no as a….
CHOI: Did you not understand? Here! I believe that I’m an equal citizen.
NICK: understand that, but Obama hasn’t gone officially on record for it…
CHOI: Then, don’t tell me that I’m a bad person, go tell him that he should believe in my full equality and then report back.
NICK: Civil unions?
People in the audience didn’t know what to make of Nick’s “special moment,” but the tittering turned into guffaws. Dan went on to say:
“I think if Obama doesn’t endorse my full marriage equality and my personhood in this country, then I have no business supporting him and I don’t think a lot of the people who are first time votes will either.”