BrianInNYC’s Open Letter To The President Elect

Dear President Elect Obama,

Like the vast majority of Americans I too am greatly looking forward to your inauguration this coming Tuesday and finally seeing the curtain come down on the dark days of the Bush Administration.  With so many things so seriously wrong in our country right now it’s hard for me to decide which issue to address here and now, so I’ll stick with the issue closest to my heart, and that issue is equality for all Americans.

One of the things that struck me when I read your book Dreams From My Father was how you struggled to find a place where you felt you fit in.  As the product of an interracial marriage and not having a father in your life it’s easy to understand how you felt not part of the world around you.  That’s not much different from the way I felt growing up as a gay American.  I am at an age and a point in my life where what other people think of me is of little matter.  But the gay youth of our country need to know that they are full members of our society and entitled to all the benefits that our society has to offer, one of those benefits is the right to marry the person of your choice.

You have promised to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and by all accounts it looks that will be an early issue of your administration and for that I am grateful.  You have also expressed your displeasure with the Defense of Marriage Act.  I hope you will continue to be a vocal advocate of overturning that too.  It is time for gay Americans to feel that have an equal share of the American Dream, so much of your campaign was based on inclusion for all, please don’t forget the 10% of Americans who happen not to be heterosexual.

With best wishes and much hope for great success for your first term.

Brian A.
New York, NY

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45 responses to “BrianInNYC’s Open Letter To The President Elect

  1. Ok, despite the stereotypical quality of that pic I just couldn’t resist using it!

  2. dog's eye view

    good letter, Brian. Well stated.

  3. chefsheila

    Oh Brian. Very very very nice. I’m getting inspired for this letter by you and Bev!

  4. chefsheila

    Good morning all…..loooooooonnnnnggggg week.

    The 80th brithday is over and now on to the rest

    Looks like I may end up with just a day off because the weekend person may be backing out.

  5. chefsheila

    Watching the beginning of the train trip….awesome and inspiring.

    I can’t believe I heard some videohead trying to add controversy to this, Purley as a was to stretch the story for another couple of hours…

  6. chefsheila

    BTW, Brain I’m writing mine right now 😉

  7. chefsheila

    😆 That Brian not Brain

  8. You were right the first time!

    😆

  9. dnd

    “The 80th brithday is over and now on to the rest”

    Shelia, You’re 80? Wow! You look great for 80. Happy Birthday! 😉

  10. chefsheila

    LOL Thanks! No hers and I’m very tired after such a crazy holiday season and now this.

    I’m being told that the weekend person might be going also. Going to have to put my foot down on that one…..I’m not goint be burnt out by mis-use

  11. Happy Birthday Michelle Obama!

  12. dnd

    Shelia,
    Don’t let them burn you out. If they want a Superbowl party, get ’em a 12-pack of Bud, a bottle of cheap tequila, a bag of Doritos and a can of bean dip.

    ps. You look great no matter how old you are!

  13. dnd

    Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!

  14. BevnTempe

    Outstanding and thoughtful post, Brian. I love the picture. You addressed the hope I didn’t include in my post yesterday. The following paragraph from your post is very meaningful to all:

    “I am at an age and a point in my life where what other people think of me is of little matter. But the gay youth of our country need to know that they are full members of our society and entitled to all the benefits that our society has to offer, one of those benefits is the right to marry the person of your choice. ”

    Bravo for fighting for the hopes and dreams of others. However, I disagree with one thing – no matter what your age and point in life, YOU are just as entitled as any one to be treated equal and have the same civil rights as others.

  15. chefsheila

    Ok Back from walking the Dogs. A great way to exercise.

    DND, I’ll try. I’m working on their grown kids

  16. chefsheila

    I just have to state and I hope its not lost on others trough the haze of the media.

    But Obama is really finishing what Lincoln had begun and so its just so fitting that Obama comes into DC on a train. Very fitting.

    I mean the Press is starting to get it. This isn’t for Obama, its for the people.

  17. chefsheila

    Oh my goodness. this is a must read. Its not a repeat.

    King’s Dream

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/18/books/chapters/chapter-kings-dream.html

  18. chefsheila

    Chuck Todd on camera on the train….lol The techonolgy is running away from us again. They are using broadband “Vodaphone” techonolgy on the train…. instead of satilite. WOW.

    I can tell you this. I was involved in the first transmission of one picture to the pentagon before any of us had anything like this. It was in 1993 and that one picture took 15 minutes to transmitt. I have a copy of it on facebook.

    Now, you just take your home phone and point and shoot! Wa La! Instantly to a friend.

  19. dnd

    Shelia,
    I don’t think the Lincoln symbolism is lost on (almost) anyone. Lincoln faced a nation divided and in crisis. Ditto Obama.

    W.r.t technology, it’s growing exponentially. Five years from now we’re gonna see things we could have never have imagined. This is an exciting time to live.

  20. Nannymm

    Heartfelt and beautifully written, Brian. I hope Obama heeds your call.

  21. thanks nan and Bev, actually that second paragraph needs to be two paragraphs, time to edit!

  22. chefsheila

    I’m just thinking about how awesome and inspiring that the most “Noted” and greatest President on most minds is Lincoln who in fact emancipated the slaves.

    And the first Black American President came from his same Law background and sat in Lincoln’s state senate seat and ran for President with the same kind of forces against him and overcame it.

    I mean not just the train ride, but the way inwhich this actually closes a door for our nation on accomplishment. Its almost too much to think about.

  23. Sheila do you need a Valium?

    🙂

  24. Just how many cups of coffee have you had so far?

  25. chefsheila

    No! I just took a seriously hot shower. One of those that you can barely stand? I’m relaxed now. 😎

  26. chefsheila

    Whats your prob Brian? You don’t want me sitting here and spending time? {waiting for the ball to drop}

  27. Does anyone else have a slight sense of disbelief that we are actually going to have a black president? I’m still a bit overwhelmed by it all.

  28. chefsheila

    Kicking That…#

  29. chefsheila

    …Not me. I am reveling in it. To me President Obama seems to have been born to it and seems to….I mean was ment to be There….

  30. chefsheila

    great shot right there in Baltimore

  31. chefsheila

    Oh and Happy Birthday Michelle Obama who is 45 today. I mean what a great birthday party 😉

  32. Nannymm

    I do, Brian. I still find myself shaking my head and taking in that quick little breath as I hold my hand up to my mouth…you know, that series of little gestures we tend to make when we are surprised or shocked by what we are seeing or hearing…whenever I see Obama waving from the back of that train. My mind can’t quite believe it even though I know it is real. I think my heart will be fluttering high in my chest and this slight lump in my throat will be there until I actually see Barack Obam’s hand on Lincoln’s Bible and hear him take the Oath of Office.
    On another note, I am so ticked that Inauguration Day is not a school holiday. I do so wish my grandson and I could watch the events of that day together. It is for him and his generation that I have such high hopes.

  33. chefsheila

    Nanny, Why don’t you just take him out of school that day….somethings are worth and lost day of school

  34. chefsheila

    Watching Baltimore whistle stop with 35,000

  35. chefsheila

    Nanny, My Dad let me stay up for RFK’s California win. As the night unfolded he let me witness and stay up waiting for reports on whether or not RFK was alright. My dad let me sleep in and go to class in the afternoon. I was 11.

    I will never forget that night and it has stayed with me thought the years. Not because he was killed. But that memory made RFK’s greatness lost loomed larger in my memory and helped me develop a part of my charactor that is about care and equality for all.

    just sharing.

  36. Israel Announces Cease-Fire in Gaza

    Israel announced a unilateral cease-fire on Saturday evening
    in the three-week-old war in Gaza that has killed at least
    1,200 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. Prime Minister Ehud
    Olmert told Israelis in a televised address: “The conditions
    have been created that our aims, as declared, were attained
    fully, and beyond.”

  37. Nannymm

    I can’t keep him home. NY State ELA assessment tests are being given that day. That is part of why I am so annoyed.
    The kids should not have to take tests when history is being made!

  38. *stretches and yawns*

    God I love long naps on cold days!

  39. Too funny, Hannity is blaming the plane crash on Schummer and environmentalists for protecting migratory birds!

  40. dnd

    Brian,
    One thing I’ve noticed with right-wing pundits is their coin is bombast and feigned outrage, making up “facts” along the way to support their position.

    I miss William F. Buckley.

  41. unlikely_burrito

    I liked your letter and strongly agree with you. Three years ago, our local high school would not allow a Gay and Lesbian Club. I just heard the whole story over Christmas, from the girl who tried to start it.

    I couldn’t believe may ears…..Had I heard about it when it happened I would have been on them like, well you know….

    Great letter, I liked the pic….it’s cute 🙂

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