Police closed Lafayette Park and chased the media back about two blocks away from the White House today, to prevent them from covering the DADT protest in which six servicemembers in full uniform chained themselves to the WH fence, a la Lt. Choi a couple weeks ago.
Looks like the White House is in full damage-control mode, now that our community has gotten sick and fucking tired of waiting for movement on DADT repeal and has started holding feet to the fire. What's the matter, Obama? Don't like your "fierce advocate" facade being exposed for the cardboard cut-out it is? You've tried to keep us quiet with the odd crumb here or there - partner benefits for federal employees (still hasn't been put into effect), Medicare/Medicaid hospital visitation (with no timeline for enforcement), a throwaway half-a-sentence in the State of the Union (even as you spent five or ten minutes per topic on other subjects, like terrorism! and war! and Main Street v Wall Street!) for DADT repeal - but we're not stupid. We've noticed the total lack of leadership on the issues. Even if it weren't for the rumors that your Congressional Liaison office is actively working to quell any DADT movement in the defense budget bill, we've still seen how utterly silent your administration is willing to be on our issues, like ENDA and DADT.
But this? Closing Lafayette Park entirely, and chasing reporters away from a protest? Looks like the Obama administration is taking directions out of the Dubya-era PR book. Am I the only one who remembers the promises of openness! and transparency! and change in the way Washington works!? Because this is not something that inspires hope, and it's definitely not the change I believed in.