A shame he only uses gay people as political props and human ATM machines. Maybe they’ll wake up some day and realize it’s all about him. While they’re at it, maybe a bit more appreciation for George W. Bush is in order.
Activists are reigniting their attacks against President Obama’s record on battling AIDS ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Washington later this month.
Two weeks before the conference of 20,000 leading researchers, patients and advocates, the administration has yet to confirm Obama’s attendance at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center just one mile from the White House. This is the first time in more than two decades that the event, which will feature former Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, takes place in the United States after Obama in 2009 lifted the 22-year-old ban on entry for people with the disease.
Despite that record, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in a teleconference with reporters on Monday said Obama shouldn’t bother showing up unless he’s going to pledge a renewed commitment to the international fight against AIDS.
“The president’s failure at this late date to commit to attending the conference unfortunately speaks volumes about this administration’s commitment to the AIDS epidemic,” said Tom Myers, the foundation’s chief of public affairs and general counsel. “This commitment has been lukewarm at best.”