Memo to: CHOI, DAN, LT
From: OSBORNE, MATT, SGT
Date: 22 JUN 11
RE: Friendly Fire Incident
I was not witness to your blue-on-blue incident at the panel entitled “What to do when the President is not that into you.” That Huffingtonism of a title, and the presence of Jane Hamsher in the panel, told me all I needed to know from such an affair — and there were important panels on local and state subjects that I found much more interesting.
Nevertheless, I have now watched video of the incident and agree with Daniel Villarreal that you have committed conduct unbecoming an officer. It is my understanding that your affinity group held a pre-conference in which everyone agreed to avoid drama. Your actions were extremely rude and dramatic. Only queens may act rude and dramatic with impunity. You are not the queen.
Moreover, your complaint — that nothing less than full equality will satisfy you, because the president has not done enough — is “Horseshit. Utter horseshit.” The bullet list of things Obama has done for your agenda is actually quite long. The president is more “into” your movement than any president has ever been.
No president has the power to give you immediate satisfaction. A president is not a king, just as you are not a queen. Change is hard, and the struggle is harder than ever for many of us. I attended Netroots with Coal River Mountain Watch, and if that bullet point list represented mountaintops saved from Big Coal my friends would be doing cartwheels for joy.
I should add that some of the teachers at the confab confided their concerns about your bullying behavior. They were in Minneapolis to promote an anti-bullying campaign — when they weren’t talking about the attacks on education by right-wing bullies. You are not the class queen, sir.
Adding: the “queen” reference is causing some controversy in the comments below. I thought I was very specific and purposeful in saying that Choi is not the queen.