Many of us on the Left have been somewhat disappointed and, to be honest, impatient with President Barack Obama. It seems as if we were waiting forever as every day the Bush administration tried to dismantle the Civil Rights Act and other civil liberties. We must remember that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with some very intelligent people. They are not tone deaf to the political realities that exist in Washington. It is my personal opinion that Barack Obama wanted to tackle some major agenda items before coming back to civil liberties and gay rights. It wasn’t that these things aren’t important, because of course they are. Instead, I think he wanted to avoid one of the problems the President Clinton got into, which was to start off alienating the military brass on day one.

Please watch the following video as President Obama brings the crowd to its feet.