Thursday, June 7, 2012
As I strolled up Wilshire Boulevard, I couldn’t help but notice that security was tight at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
A number of the streets were blocked off – causing horrendous traffic jams, by the way –as members of the LGBT Community (and the pink mafia) waited patiently inside for the President to arrive and rally the “gay troops” who’ve been working feverishly in the trenches for “their” cause in recent months.
Barack Obama did not disappoint.
In a speech that lasted approximately thirty minutes – and as high-profile celebs like Cher and son Chaz Bono nodded in approval from their cushy seats below the podium – the Commander-in-Chief (who has come to be known as the 1st Gay President in the wake of repealing the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and supporting “Gay Marriage”) acknowledged that many strides had been made in recent years in what he referred to as “part of the country’s history of civil rights struggles – and the constant progression – to include more and more people in the possibility of the American Dream.”
The response was overwhelming.
“Four more years,” the exuberant attendees chanted, as they jumped to their feet and applauded uproarously.
Actually, yesterday had been quite a “gay” day for Barack Obama.
After meeting his obligation at the tony Hotel – one of Beverly Hill’s finest – he was whisked off to the home of “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy for a sit-down dinner for 70 at $25,000.00 a plate.
Ellen DeGeneres emceed the chi chi soiree which featured a performance by handsome heartthrob Darren Criss.
News outlets were quick to note that the “who’s who” of “gay” Hollywood were all in attendance – not only the movers-and-the-shakers – but the “shapers” of the “homo” image when it came to the portrayal of the LGBT community in Television & Film.
The high-profile guests in that regard included Max Mutchnik (creator of Will & Grace / TV sitcom), and Dustin Lance Black (“MILK” Oscar-winning screenwriter).
The hectic day started off bright-and-early in San Francisco yesterday morning and finally concluded after the President had completed his “to do” list at the end of the day.
Although some in the Republican camp were critical of the President’s big focus on fundraising in recent days - for the gay community - it was business-as-usual.
And, amounted to big bucks for Obama’s war chest to fight the good cause, you betcha!