A partisan rally

Obama should have spoken more about gay rights and Minnesota issues.

by Editorial board

SaturdayâÄôs rally saw an impressive show of support for President Barack Obama, proving once again that Minnesota students remain committed to political activism, especially the progressive kind.

Obama âÄî in recognition of the support received from many in the audience during his campaign âÄî returned the favor by noting that many of his policies, such as health care and student loan reform, have a direct impact on their lives.

Toward the end of his speech, Obama spoke about the uniqueness of the American experiment and the countryâÄôs promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He told a story in which, “Slowly, slaves were freed; slowly, women got the right to vote; slowly, workers got the right to organize.”

These are unquestionably important accomplishments, but this is looking toward the successes of the past. Where in ObamaâÄôs speech did he talk about current social issues, especially those confronting the gay community? From gay marriage to “DonâÄôt Ask, DonâÄôt Tell” to the suicides of perceived gay youth, the challenges faced by the gay community have constantly been in headlines across the country and Minnesota.

Standing in front of young, idealistic students and alongside a gubernatorial candidate who supports gay rights, Obama had a perfect opportunity to show support for the gay community.

Obama âÄî despite talking to a crowd composed largely of supporters âÄî should also have spoken more to the merits of the Minnesota DFL candidates. Indeed, his speech could have spoken more to Minnesota issues and Mark Dayton. Voters here would do well to make their choice based on the best candidate, not the worst party.