This a note to just a few friends — and a very few of I do not know yet — encouraging you to please come with me on the High Tea Party Express train to the Obama Gala in New York on June 23, 2011. Many of us supported then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
Here is my perspective. I used to get so fed up with people who said — “We have made progress. Just look — they let us visit the White House!” or “Holy smokes, can you believe we get to be in this room?” That kind of measure of progress is ancient. It is important but it is a given, not a gift. A million smiles and handshakes do not = progress.
Here is what progress looks like: Tangible laws that have passed the most powerful legislative body in the country — the United States Congress — and are signed in ink into law by the President of our nation.
We have never seen this in the history of our nation until President Obama.
I see the President this way: you can't speed him up but you will not slow him down. He has a list of goals for the rights, privileges and other necessary attributes of citizenship and protection he wants to accomplish for LGBT Americans. He is methodically moving through the list and expending all necessary political capital and muscle to get things done. In just two years he has done more than all Presidents combined in our history AND he has done something no other President has done: passed laws. Not talk, not platitudes, not nice intentions: laws.
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President Obama asked us to do one thing: Judge him at the end of this journey, not at the beginning. At the 2-year mark I have already seen two major breakthrough which make progress inevitable. Should we count the number of appointees, the events, the manner in which the White House has reached out in a meaningful and unprecedented way to gay people and our families. Of course! All that is important. Should we be moved and thrilled at the attention to LGBT workers and issues in the various agencies of the Obama Administration. Of course!
But, for me, and for my children, and as a lawyer, I measure success in terms of laws and statutes. And only this President has delivered that progress. So, join me on a train, and lets go support this upright, strong, steady leader named Barack Obama.
If you haven't yet sent in your RSVP for the gala, please do so today! I am putting together tables of my closest friends and would love for you to join me at this important (and fun) event – the various contribution levels are below and include a VIP reception, etc. This is going to be a fabulous event, bringing together LGBT leaders and straight friends and allies from across the country.
The list of confirmed participants so far includes: President Barack Obama, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, actor Neil Patrick Harris (hosting), singer Audra McDonald & former Congressman Patrick Murphy (many more VIPs and celebrities are being confirmed). I hope you can join us at this historic and star-studded event for the President, who has been done more for our community in the past two years than all other presidents combined.
$1,250 – Guest
$2,500 – Host
$10,000 – Vice Chair (Includes VIP Reception)
$35,800 Chair (Includes VIP reception and Photo with the President)
You can RSVP here or download the print invitation.
Thank you for your support!