Gay rights advocates understand that Barack Obama has a crowded agenda, but they feel their issues must be dealt with now. The constituency is growing impatient with the president, as he as yet to address fundamental issues such as the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military and the movement for same-sex marriage nationwide. During his campaign, Obama made many promises in regards to LGBT issues, and thus far they have been left out of the ambitious White House agenda. Speaking to numerous players in the Democratic party, Politico found that politicians do not bear any ill will towards gay groups for criticizing Obama. "I'm in favor of giving him a little more time. He's got an awful lot on his plate. But he is a politician like everybody else, and he's going to respond to pressure. And I don't blame the LGBT community for trying to push," Howard Dean said.