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Can Obama win over the gay community?
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Can Obama win over the gay community?

Josh Gerstein Josh Gerstein
Sat Oct 10
Politico

Strident conservative attacks on two of President Barack Obama's gay nominees could temper the impatience gay and lesbian activists show as he speaks to a major gay civil rights group Saturday night  but the widespread restlessness still will be palpable.

Obama's speech to the Human Rights Campaign dinner comes just days after a gay Education Department official, Kevin Jennings, and a lesbian nominee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Chai Feldblum, were targets of a flurry of criticism from conservative groups and some media outlets.

"It certainly can't hurt if people on our side realize the vehemence of the opposition the president faces," a top gay Democrat close to Obama told POLITICO. "The stuff the right wing is cranking out is horrible, terrible. There are a lot of understandably impatient LGBT Americans&but while all their criticism is well-intended, some of it is politically naïve."

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