David Axelrod Defends Barry and Rick Warren

Monday, December 29, 2008

David Axelrod defends Barry and Rick Warren. Absolutely disgusting.

DAVID GREGORY:   I don’t have to tell you that the president-elect has been criticized by some of his supporters for naming Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration, the evangelical figure, preacher, pastor in California who is opposed to gay rights and supported Prop 8 in California, which overturned gay rights in California.  Frank Rich in The New York Times wrote this that was critical of the president-elect this morning.  “Obama may not only overestimate his ability to bridge some of our fundamental differences but also underestimate how persistent some of those differences are.  hen Obama defends Warren’s words by calling them an example of the `wide range of viewpoints’ in a `diverse and noisy and opinionated’ America, he is being too cute by half.  He knows full well that a `viewpoint’ defaming any minority group by linking it to sexual crimes like pedophilia is unacceptable.” Let me just point out that Rick Warren did liken gay marriage to a brother and sister marrying or to an older guy marrying a daughter.  Do you think that the president-elect has risked offending the very people who put him into office?

DAVID AXELROD:  Well, look, Rick Warren and the president-elect have had a dialogue for some, some time, David.  They’ve had a dialogue about things on which they agree, such as fighting poverty and reducing the terrible plight of–the terrible disease that, that crosses Africa.  And they’ve, and they’ve had a dialogue about things on which they disagree, such as civil rights for gays and lesbians and a woman’s right to choose.  But the important point here is that you have a conservative evangelical pastor who’s coming to participate in the inauguration of a progressive president, and this is a healthy thing and a good thing for our country.  We have to be–we have to find ways to work together on the things on which we do agree, even when we profoundly disagree on other things.  And that’s how we are going to build bridges of understanding and move this country forward.  And that’s what Barack Obama promised as a candidate.  That’s what he’s going to deliver as president.

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21 Responses to David Axelrod Defends Barry and Rick Warren

  1. Brigadoon says:

    Fuck Barack Obama and David Axelrod. I promise this decision has sunk Obama’s hopes of serving two terms as president. There is no way the gay and progressive communities will ever trust him after this. We learned a valuable lesson before Obama was sworn into office. Too bad we didn’t know before the primary decided the outcome of the election.

  2. feminazi says:

    Axelrod looks small and petty. How can he say the invitation to Rick Warren is “healthy?” Does Team Obama think we’re stupid? We’re not stupid. We’re angry and disappointed in this Dino Democrat.

  3. Rachel says:

    Axelrod is a firstclass douchebag. He is so in over his head defending Rick Warren. I hope Obama is happy. He’s unleashed a torrent and it’s all of his making.

  4. cantueso says:

    You can’t judge a man according to his views on 1 issue. That is tyranny. You can see that mirrored in the Catholic Church that condemns Obama officially and explicitly because of his views on abortion.

    However, the Church has a reason for its stand: it takes its views on this question “from above” and its teachers and public figures are not free to dissent.

  5. MacDaddy says:

    I see his decision to have Warren do the indication of how progressive Obama is. And the answer is not very. I see it as another reason to ask “If they come
    for the gay community today, will they come for me
    (a straight black guy) and black people tomorrow.
    Quite conceivable. He stopped organizing in the black community a long time a go, figuring he had our votes already. Anything is possible with this guy.

  6. libhomo says:

    Obama isn’t “building bridges.” He is burning bridges to women, queers, and non Christians.

  7. Fran says:

    My bullshit-o-meter is in the red zone.

    There is no “bridge of understanding” around this issue, it is the continuation of discrimination, and denial of the many civil rights abuses Warren promotes.

    Obama~ You can put lipstick on the pig (Warren), but he’s still a pig.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    Today’s Times has an op ed by the hateful Bill Kristol praising Obama for inviting Warren. Shudder….anything Bill Kristol approves of has to be a bad idea…

  9. Estacada says:

    The drones and the bobbleheads on FOX Noise has uniformly praised Obama’s decision to invite Rick Warren to perform the invocation.

    If FOX Noise is praising Obama for this, then what more proof do you need that Obama screwed up royally?

  10. VicoDANIEL says:

    I’ve watch this clip three time. First, thank you for taking the time to transcribe it.

    What I don’t understand is how Axelrod thinks it’s “healthy” to invite a bigot to the inaugural?

    Healthy for whom? Obama? The other bigots? The whackos who loathe gays and lesbians? His logic fails me.


  11. Good luck Barry trying to get the lunatics to help build these magical bridges when they’re only salivating at the chance to fuck things up even more the next time they’re in power.

    Whatever happened to good old fashioned shunning of stupidity?

  12. Idaho Librul says:

    To say I’m disappointed with Obama over this is an understatement.

    He’s demonstrated piss-poor judgment bringing Rick Warren into the fold.

    What should be clear to everyone is this: sucking up to the religious right means more to Barry than how his actions have hurt and offended gays and women.

    This is a repudiation of Barry’s progressive base.

  13. mbmdl says:

    I’m at a loss to understand any of this. Axelrod’s attempt to argue that it’s somehow healthy to hire a homophobic bigot simply doesn’t ring true. This is more an effort at damage control by a team who promised to embrace Obama’s motto of “no drama.”

  14. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Axelrod says, “But the important point here is that you have a conservative evangelical pastor who’s coming to participate in the inauguration of a progressive president, and this is a healthy thing and a good thing for our country.”

    Is this clown a fucking idiot or what?

    Good for the country to give a platform to a homophobe? Healthy for the country to make Rick Warren equal to Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton?

    I’m not buying it. I agree with Mary Beth. Axelrod’s MTP appearance is all about damage control.

  15. Harry says:

    A bridge of understanding to Rick Warren and his minions? This is what Barack Obama intends to do the next 4 years?

  16. Scott Dancer says:

    I’ve written to Obama/Biden 2008 and requested a full refund of the $1,000 I donated in September to their campaign. I have not received a response so far.

    As a gay man, I find this turn of events completely unacceptable and a slap in my face. I have zero need to reach out to the religious right. If Obama thinks he can win points with them, then he’s as naive as Hillary Clinton said he is, in one of the debates.

  17. treelover says:

    When Axelrod says it’s a healthy thing to have Warren give the invocation, I’m pretty sure, that is shorthand for it’s healthy for the obama team, as it will bring in the evangelicals..he even used that keyword, evangelical in his defense of warren appearing. Axelrod is a political animal.. he looks like a sleazebag… time will tell about these people…

  18. treelover says:

    I see this as a psychological metaphor.. where a family treats strangers much better than they treat the family members..

  19. Jenn says:

    LOL. That’s just funny. You guys are already whining. Love it.

  20. Conejo1982 says:

    Poor Jenn, a typical rightwing lemming.

    You see Jenn, we’re not afraid to hold our elected officials accountable — when they screw up, we call them on their shit.

    Whereas you fools had your tongues wedged so far up Bush’s ass that you couldn’t call him on:

    1. false pretenses to go to war against Iraq
    2. torture
    3. spiraling debt
    4. unraveling the FDA, the EPA and education

    You Jenn, are a drone and drones never question their Masters.

  21. Duong Dong says:

    People need to leave others alone.

    If they are gay, fine. So be it. Everyone is special and unique.

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