Further evidence of the degree to which Obama lacks the "Progressive Gene" is this account dating back to the 2004 elections, when Barack was desperately trying to distance himself from the gay marriage issue.
Seeing Mayor Gavin Newsom on the national stage with former president Bill Clinton on Monday night is a reminder of how political winds can change. On the eve of the biggest night of the presidential primaries, Newsom shared the spotlight during a town hall meeting staged and broadcast on cable TV and satellite radio by the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign.
But just four years ago, current Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is said to have declined to have his picture taken in San Francisco with Newsom, who was then at the center of a national uproar over his decision to allow same-sex marriage in San Francisco.
Progressives will remember the watershed moment in 2004 when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom put his career on the line by supporting gay marriages in San Francisco. Moderates and conservatives were not happy, and that included Obama:
"I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama's) request at the Waterfront restaurant," said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. "And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn't get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin."
Today, of course, Obama's people are backpedaling away from that account like crazy. His deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, who lives with his partner as an openly gay man, calls it "a ridiculous story."
"Barack Obama gets his picture taken with gay people all the time," Hildebrand said. "Including me, his deputy campaign manager."
It's a factual account of what happened, but here we see the Obama campaign lying about it instead. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown details his recollection:
"What they [Obama's campaign folks] ought to say is, 'Damn right I did it, and I'd do it again,' " Brown said of the Obama camp. "He was in a race for the Senate, and I am guessing that downstate Illinois is a pretty red (meaning conservative) group of voters."
But on the eve of the biggest vote of the primaries - with the big prize of a California win at stake - the Obama campaign isn't taking Brown's advice.
"They could attack Obama for a lot of things, but this isn't one of them," said Hildebrand. "And for this to pop up on the eve of the election is very suspicious. There's just no truth to it."
To which Brown replies, "Why would I make it up?"
Newsom gets the last word, even as Obama's camp continues to spin and deny...
Staffers say there is still a chill between the two, although Monday night Newsom gave Obama his qualified support.
"I believe in his leadership qualities, and I look forward to voting for him," Newsom said.
"In eight years."
The myth that Barack Obama is a Progressive is just that - fantasy. He's embraced gay marriages now, now that it politically acceptable and 'expedient,' but where was the Mighty Man of Change back when Change was being forged on the front lines of the gay marriage issue?
Hiding from photographers, that's where.
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