It is obvious by listening to almost any speech by Barack Obama that he is obsessed with himself. Frequent mentions of “I” and “me” pepper each address, perpetuating the common belief that he is ruling more as a dictator than as an elected public servant.
While his egocentrism is abundantly evident, there is another word that has found its way into Obama’s vocabulary more times than any other president in recorded history. For a man Newsweek magazine called America’s “first gay president,” it might not be surprising to learn he has used the word ‘gay’ with greater frequency in five years than any other president – even those who served two full terms.
According to a study by the Human Rights Campaign, Obama has used the word publicly at least 272 times. Furthermore, he has mentioned sexually descriptive adjectives such as ‘transgender,’ ‘bisexual,’ and ‘lesbian’ another 149 times.
His administration has ushered in radical changes in the definition of marriage, due in large part to his incessant demands for gay rights. In addition to Washington, D.C. 17 states now recognize same-sex marriage, a policy Obama only began publicly supporting in 2012 when he apparently saw the shift as politically expedient.
Obama’s frequent use of the word ‘gay’ stands in stark contrast to its usage by recent Republican presidents. George W. Bush used the term a total of two times during his eight years in office, while his father, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan never found the need to shoehorn it into any public address.
The wide variation between the two parties illustrates the left’s overwhelming desire to separate the nation into groups, with racial and sexual minorities receiving the brunt of its support. Still, even compared to Bill Clinton, Obama’s use of the term is exceptionally high.
Clinton used the word ‘gay’ just 216 times during both of his terms, 56 less times than Obama has in just five years.
The Human Rights Campaign celebrated Obama’s activism, declaring “he has inarguably contributed to the political mainstreaming of marriage equality and the general trend toward LGBT acceptance within American society.”
Unfortunately for the millions of social conservatives in America, though, he has done so by repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and generally imposing his will through use of the bully pulpit. While individual states should certainly be permitted to change laws as their citizens see fit, Obama and his ilk will not rest until the entire nation is governed by the politically correct ideology they endorse.
–B. Christopher Agee
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