As the U.S. celebrates the equality movement of the 1960s, a new one is on the march. Could anyone have tethered the two like the first black president?
Activists have been clamoring for the White House to weigh in on an upcoming Supreme Court case. With his inaugural address, the president did them one better.
By dropping Louie Giglio from the inauguration, the president sends a message that diversity of backgrounds is no longer going to be an excuse for tolerating homophobia.
It's not because he'd move far to the left -- it's because he now knows how and when to pull the levers of power in Washington.
Nothing seems to provoke Obama more than being challenged by the progressive base. Maybe that's why it's working.