Wednesday, January 13, 2010
When lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker received a congratulatory voicemail from President Obama on her election, it seemed a bit odd both that the president ask to speak to Parker directly. But what really annoyed the president was when the voicemail went viral and appeared on YouTube.
Michael Signorile spoke to Mayor Parker on his Sirius Radio program Monday and Parker provided background on how the voice mail may have gotten online, and how the Obama White House wasn’t happy about it. Parker herself was “a little surprised” that the White House didn’t schedule a time for Obama to speak with her. She was doing a CNN interview and the call went to voicemail. The president left a message and never called back.
Annise Parker: I got a curt call from someone in the White House wanting to know how the president’s voice mail got up on YouTube. And I said, “I have no earthly idea how it got up on YouTube. It’s not something I would know how to do.” And he said, “Well, when the president leaves a private communication it should stay private.” And I said, “Then he shouldn’t have left it on my voicemail[laughing].”
Privacy? In national politics in the age of the internet, social networking and of course, YouTube? Please. A far more likely explanation is, the president’s handlers (Axelrod and Emanuel) didn’t want him to be seen as being too cozy with the queers.