Good for both!
I have no idea why they missed it and my sympathies if anyone was ill or under the weather. However, with Barbra, I think there was another reason -- I hope there was.
Barbra and I share something in common. We're both Black.
No, I'm joking. Barbra's not Black. But she is soulful.
But what we do share in common is a relative we love very dearly who is gay. For me, it's my brother. For Barbra, it's her son Jason.
And I hope that she missed it because she felt Barack could have done something to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell but instead did nothing. Did nothing on DOMA.
I hope she said, "This is a fierce advocate? For this, I campaigned and sang?"
I'm damn tired of my brother and all our brothers and sisters being treated like second class citizens because of whom they love.
I didn't expect much from Barack Obama. I knew he was a liar surpreme. That's why I got behind Hillary in 2007 (that and I thought -- and still think -- she'd make a great president). But even with Barack putting all those homophobes on stage in South Carolina at the campaign event (the whole "Mary, Mary" 'gospel' crowd), I never would have guessed he would so spit upon the LGBT community.
We don't expect that from Democrats.
That's among the reasons I always say I don't consider him to be one.
Again, I don't know why they chose to skip. (And thanks to Katzenberg for videos -- Disney and Dreamworks -- that my kids love.) But I hope that was the case for Barbra.
If we're not going to stand up for our brothers and sisters, nothing's going to change. Barack's demonstrated repeatedly that he doesn't care. So if we're going to let the LGBT community be out there alone fighting for their rights, they're not going to get any under Obama. We have to make clear that we support them and that we stand with them.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):