Presidential Firsts

Obama to Commemorate Stonewall

The White House will commemorate the Stonewall riots for the first time on Monday, but is it too little too late? Some gay-rights groups are boycotting the ceremony because, as GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios (who is attending) puts it in Monday’s Washington Post, “as President Obama, he has presided over an administration that has stumbled—sometimes symbolically, sometimes substantially—in its commitment to include us on the agenda.” In The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg looks at Obama’s betrayal of gay-rights groups, and suggests that “A fair test of that commitment [to promote gay rights] would be a quick end to the dithering over D.A.D.T. [Don’t Ask Don’t Tell]”