Sunday, April 16, 2006

White House changes Easter Egg roll plans

From PageOneQ:

After waiting outside overnight to be among the first to enter this year's White House Easter Egg Roll, families in line were surprised to learn that the White House had changed the ticketing policy for the annual event, PageOneQ has learned.

The unannounced change means that the families who waited in line the longest, in one case for twenty-four hours, will not be among the visitors at the event's opening ceremonies. The first families in line, who were not part of the LGBT family group, received tickets with an 11:00am entrance time, two hours later than the opening time listed in the White House press release.

The White House explanation for this is that they've scheduled the time for a different set of youths to attend the opening. However, as the article noted, in the past years when special groups are invited, the public tickets are still scheduled to start during the opening ceremony. PageOneQ is insinuating that the White House wanted to avoid any discomfort for the President of having to deal with gay families. If that's true, then a pox on Bush for showing off your real family values and missing the message of the season!

Wolff Blitzer on CNN today asked Jerry Falwell if there was any hopes of Democrats winning votes from the "family values" crowd. Wolff, listen, I know Falwell is a fucktard bigoted asshole, but when you frame a question in such a way that lends credence to his point of view you are either doing so out of ignorance or you are demonstrating to your audience that you share his hate mongering bile. For the record, pro gay marriage, pro choice, anti-war, pro family planning are "family values". They just happen to be different from Falwell's hypocritical bullshit.

Falwell says, slim chance - as long as the dems are pro choice, pro gay marriage and do not support the war. ..."
Hat tip, Taylor Marsh for the last bit.


Wes said...

So good to see that a political stage based upon childrens' entertainment was crashed.

B.D. said...

Actually, I think the political stage was clearly set by Bush. If his handlers had not made this into a larger deal, then gay/lesbian parents and the straight parents as well (there were far more of them left out of this ceremony) would have attended with their children and nothing would have happened. Not one damn thing. Kids would have rolled eggs, the ceremony would have occurred without incident and the world would survive for another day.

Instead, Bush chose to play a political hand. Instead of parents with nurturing families, he saw gay people and that apparently equates with political statements that he didn't want to make.

Newsflash for the President: Not all Christians share your values on this issue. Many think gay and lesbian parenting is just fine. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. As I understand it, it's God's place to judge and man is to live in peace, love, and forgiveness.

So, for the President to trot out his Christian values for an event that symbolizes the holiest day of the year of his faith and then to allow politics to override the dominant message of that faith is blasphemous, intolerant, hypocritical bullshit. He's the one who made the event political; not the parents that stood in line to give their children a special memory for Easter.