Don't Tell Me to Wait

Don't Tell Me to Wait

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From an award-winning political journalist, the story of how LGBT activists pushed Obama to embrace gay rights--transforming his presidency in the process
Gay rights has been a defining progressive issue of Barack Obama's presidency: Congress repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2010 with his strong support, and in 2011, he instructed his Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, helping to pave the way for a series of Supreme Court decisions that ultimately legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. This rapid succession of victories is astonishing by any measure--and is especially incredible considering that when Obama first took office he, like many politicians, still viewed gay rights as politically toxic. In 2008, for instance, he opposed full marital rights for same-sex couples, calling marriage a "sacred union" between a man and a woman. It wasn't until 2012, in the heat of his reelection campaign, that Obama finally embraced marriage equality.

In Don't Tell Me to Wait , former Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld shows that Obama's transformation from cautious gradualist to gay rights champion was the result of intense pressure from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists. These men and women changed the conversation issue by issue, pushing the president and the country toward greater freedom for LGBT Americans. Drawing on years of research and reporting, Eleveld tells the dramatic story of the fight for gay rights in America, detailing how activists pushed the president to change his mind, turned the tide of political opinion, and set the nation on course to finally embrace LGBT Americans as full citizens of this country.

With unprecedented access and unparalleled insights, Don't Tell Me to Wait captures a critical moment in American history and demonstrates the power of activism to change the course of a presidency-and a nation.
Publisher: New York, United States : Basic Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9780465073498
0465073492
0465074898
Characteristics: 1 online resource (369)
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StarGladiator
Oct 17, 2015

This book is exhibit #1 of what's wrong with addle-brained single issue Americans today: they ignore all the facts and pesky details, placing all their focus and all the emphasis on one issue, no matter how circumstantial, shallow and arbitrary.
Right now the Russians and Iran are kicking ISIS butt [or should I say, American-financed ISIS butt]!
And this is why the national debt has been consistently skyrocketing, because the Bush/Obama administration [and the Clinton administration before them] have financed every Sunni terrorist group out there!
Meanwhile, an American US Navy battle group goes steaming towards the artificial Chinese islands in international waters, with China ratcheting up their threats against the USA, and I fear how many American sympathisizers there are in this country who pledge allegiance to China [and I'm referring to White-Americans], also being single issue Americans?
One day let us all pray for drone control in America!
[And negative on Obama's presidency being transformed, like all the other sock puppets before him back to LBJ, he is just another Wall Street lackey!]

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