During a White House reception yesterday to celebrate Gay Pride Month, a transgender woman named Jennicet Gutiérrez began heckling the President over the treatment of transgender immigrants.
Gutiérrez is a member of FAMILIA TQLM, an organization that advocates for LGBTQ immigrants, whom they say are often mistreated by immigration officers while detained and rarely get fair treatment in the immigration process.
The president responded to Gutiérrez’s interruption by saying, “Hold on a second.” When the heckler persisted, Obama, flashing an exasperated look, countered, “OK, you know what?” Wagging his finger and shaking his head, Obama said, “No, no, no, no, no,” repeating the word more than a dozen times.
As the heckler continued to talk over him, Obama took it up a notch.
“Hey. Listen. You’re in my house,” he said to laughter and woos from the crowd. “You know what? It’s not respectful when you get invited to somebody. You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this. I’m sorry. I’m sorry … Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this.”
In one awkward encounter, we saw both Obama’s hypocrisy and narcissism on display. While he pretends to be a champion for LGBTQ and immigrant rights, the fact is he has done little for either group to address their concerns, and he is finally being called out on it. In addition, the outburst of calling the White House “my house” showed a rare burst of anger, and perhaps even a bit of his power-tripping ego. It seems he has forgotten that he is but a servant to “we the people,” and “his house” is a temporary privilege given to him during his service.
Perhaps even more telling is the reaction of the crowd, mostly LGBTQ activists, who turned on the transgender woman rather than sympathize with her. It seems for some, sexual orientation takes a back seat to politics.
H/T: Fox News