8.56 pm. More campaign boilerplate. This speech could have been made - and was made - a year ago.
8.53 pm. His major achievement - the one thing he has actually done - is invite gay families to the Easter egg-roll.
8.50 pm. Now we get the campaign speech on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Does he not realize he is now in office? "I'm working to end this policy. I will end Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Solmonese has given us the timeline: 2017. This is bullshit.
8.48 pm. He mentions the HIV ban. It's "already under way."Already?" Eight months into office?
8.46 pm. This is his big achievement: a member of his administration testified against firing gay people for no good reason. That's it. Nothing else.
8.43 pm. Now the useless, trivial and total symbolism of the federal hate crimes bill. And the crowd goes wild. Matthew Shepard's murderers were brought to justice without any such law. The law itself is not actual progress; it's a bauble to distract from a refusal to grant real equality that could treat gay people as full citizens, not vulnrable victims beaten up by thugs. Hate crimes laws are not about equality; they are about entrenching victimhood.