OK, so he may not have painted the White House pink the day after his inauguration, and he may not have overturned every anti-gay law on the statute book (and ’tis sad but true that he may not even be in favour of gay marriage) but that doesn’t mean that Jackie O, as we shall now be calling President Obama (it’s a cross between the O bit in his name and Jackie Brown, starring Pam Grier) isn’t doing his bit for the gays.
Take a speech he made at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (which doesn’t sound very up-to-date in terms of PC-ness – Colored! What is it our nans running this group? – but is a big noise in Americaland) to mark the 100th anniversary of the group (oh, that’s why the name is a little outdated), where he was talking about how the ‘pain of discrimination is still felt in America’.
‘Racism is felt by African American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different colour and gender,’ he said, wearing a slim-fitting suit in a navy blue. ‘By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray…’ And then – remember there were a lot of religiouses in the house… ‘By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.’
Now come on! That ain’t bad.