This is from Wednesday’s briefing. Robert Gibbs, and President Obama, can count on the press corps to take every shot they can to get better answers on same sex marriage and DADT. In this case, Jake Tapper uses Bill Clinton’s recent epiphany on gay marriage (DOMA arigato, Bubba) as an entree’ into the subject, with Gibbs repeating the same disappointing answer.
Why do we ask the same questions over and over? Because sometimes, you ask one of those questions the right way, and you get a little something different. If you don’t push, you’ll never get that rock up the hill.
Unfortunately, Meghan McCain’s boobs can’t really talk, but thankfully, Meg’s Twitter feed is such a treasure trove of good quotes, they really don’t have to. Politico even put one of Meghan’s tweets in its “Politi-quotes: The week in one-liners,” but I think she deserves a whole list to herself.
First, there was Politico’s pick, Meg’s tweet about killing a cockroach in her sink. Funnier than that, though, were her followups. Apparently, this one spurred a flurry of cockroach fun facts:
stop tweeting me about roach eggs people! good lord, I just killed one! 10:18 AM Jun 27th from web
I have to give Meg some props here. Even though she said “Ewww!”, she did kill the roach herself. Several years ago, I had a girlfriend who made me drive 2 hours to the City so I could kill a roach that she had trapped under a glass. To be fair, the thing was the size of a Rottweiler puppy, but it was also missing a bunch of legs.
Now, killing is second nature to Meghan, putting her even more squarely in the “Cool Chick” category, the kind of girl that every guy wants to have a beer with, then have breakfast with.
My favorite Meg quote (aside from her perceptive take on our Meg story) was this 2-Tweet decimation of her conservative critics:
I love people that tell me “I’m doing damage to the GOP”, yeah cause Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Sen. Ensign, Gov Sanford and the entire Bush administration have nothing to do with the GOP’s problems, no…it’s my 5″1 ass in a pushup bra thats the real problem with the GOP… about 19 hours ago from web
At least now, he’ll know who to call if he needs some exterminating done for him.
Other highlights this week include her run-in with an unhinged taxi driver, smackdown of a jerky Twitter troll, and coinage of a great Battlestar Galactica-related catch phrase. What I’m saying is, you’re missing out on a full life if you don’t follow Meg’s Twitter feed.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 17, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT THE SIGNING OF A
REGARDING FEDERAL BENEFITS AND NON-DISCRIMINATION
Update: Just got off of the conference call with Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a question in, but I can say that the press, as a whole, are very unimpressed with this move. I expect there will be a lot of negative press on this. The tone of the questioning was uniformly skeptical.
On the other hand, Berry did stress, repeatedly, that this memo’s reach is restricted by DOMA. It almost seemed as though Berry was saying that this very weak tea is designed to whet the public appetite for a DOMA repeal. If so, the administration’s defense of DOMA is that much more mystifying.
Berry also tried to pretend that a Presidential memo is the same as an executive order, but was called on it. The memo expires with the President’s term. He again stressed the need for a more permanent, legislative solution in response.
Another reporter pointed out that most, if not all, of the benefits in this memo are already available to at least some federal employees. Berry responded that this action removes such decisions from the individual supervisor’s discretion.
The White House has just released a fact sheet regarding the Presidential Memorandum to be signed later today. While any progress against discrimination is welcome, this seems like a poorly-timed half-measure.
The benefits outlined in the fact sheet aren’t going to impress anyone, and coming, as they do, when President Obama is under fire from the LGBTQ community and its allies, I predict very loud shrugging in response. If you can’t afford a dozen roses, maybe you ought to skip the dandelions.
A press conference call is scheduled for 3 pm. I should have more to say about this then. Here is the full text of the fact sheet:
I plan to go into much greater detail on the State of the LGBTQ Union later in the week, but a thought crystallized in me last night when I saw a tweet from one of my favorite tweeps:
This kind of thing really makes me mad. I’m going to try to be chill, but there might be profanity below the fold.
It was pretty meaningless to hear Meghan McCain urge her Republican Party to come around on gay marriage. It seemed a bit more important when Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s campaign manager, gave the GOP the same advice.
But in terms of influence in Republican politics, Dick Cheney is on another level.
While their point is that Cheney carries more political weight, their swipe at Meg was gratuitous and inaccurate. Meg has done more than most to publicize marriage equality, and not in the ugly, Perez Hilton way. To call her meaningless, or all of the other non-Dick people who work hard to achieve equality for everyone, is just wrong.
So, when Meg pointed this out on her Twitter feed, here’s the response she got from Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas:
Before I comment further, and before I get to Meghan McCain’s statement on this feud, let me lay out the rest of the Twitter conversation for you, in chronological order: Continue reading