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Frank Predicts Gay U.S. Prez in 20 Years
Bay Area Reporter ^ | May 19, 2013 | James Patterson

Posted on 05/20/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by presidio9

Outspoken gay former Congressman Barney Frank was in San Francisco this week and told a gathering of the Commonwealth Club that while he won’t consider a presidential run, he predicted the U.S. could have a gay president in 20 years.

Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, has never shied from speaking his mind, and he held forth on a wide range of topics during an interview with gay radio reporter Scott Shafer of KQED. The audience of over 500 people, including former Ambassador James C. Hormel and his partner, Michael Nguyen, gave Frank a standing ovation as he stepped to the stage.

Frank, with his husband, businessman James Ready, seated just a few feet away, is known for his humor and wit, and quickly had the audience laughing.

"I’m glad to see so many of you who apparently have attention spans that exceed a tweet," Frank, 73, quipped. He said early in his 45-year political career, he always answered his phone with "How can I help you?" However, free from Congress, he now asks: "Why are you bothering me?"

Now retired, Frank said he enjoyed "freedom from stress." He said members of Congress were in the "grief business" because people only go to them when they have complaints.

Frank is spending his time now writing a book at his husband’s place in Maine.

Elected to Congress in 1980, he said in the early years he could find ways to work with House Republicans, but not today. "There is no such thing as a moderate Republican anymore," he said. "It’s all right-wing Republicans now and it has caused gridlock."

During House debate over repeal of the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy a few years ago, Frank said Republicans tried to separate the repeal from a large military bill with a pledge to pass the repeal as a stand-alone bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), who Frank called "one of the greatest leaders in House history," was speaker at the time and got angry. Her "heritage came forward" Frank said, as she told Republicans they could repeal DADT in the bill or there would be no military bill. This drew large applause from the audience.

Regarding legislation in response to the economic slowdown and Great Recession near the end of President George W. Bush’s administration, Frank said Democrats and Republicans argued over whether a bill should be called stimulus or recovery. He preferred stimulus, he said, "Because people like to be stimulated."

Despite political differences, Frank, who once served as chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, said Democrats and Republicans "pulled together" to do the best for the country during the economic crisis. Still, he said, after President Barack Obama was elected, Republicans laid the crisis on him.

Frank detailed the political bargaining and deal-making behind the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, which the Washington Post called "the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory since the Great Depression." He said a new book by Washington Post veteran reporter Robert Kaiser covered the political action on the bill well.

Frank called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), who helped with Dodd-Frank, "a star of the party," and "an extraordinary woman" with "great accomplishments."

Coming Out

Though elected to Congress in 1980, Frank did not come out until 1987. It was a gradual process for him, he said. He first came out to his family and friends and in LGBT circles in Washington, D.C.

When Frank told House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a fellow Massachusetts Democrat, that he was gay and coming out of the closet, the speaker was unfamiliar with the term. "Barney’s coming out of the room," O’Neill told press aide Chris Matthews.

"Hell," was how Frank described living in the closet during his early political career. When Boston Globe reporter Kay Lazar finally asked him if he was gay, Frank replied, "Yes, so what?"

Frank said two Republican senators congratulated him on coming out: Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, now retired, and former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman, now deceased. Frank said Simpson told him he hoped he had never said anything anti-gay to him. Rudman, when he met Frank in a store shortly after his coming out, shouted, "Good for you!"

"One House member," Frank said, "refused to use the House gym with me over HIV concerns."

Frank said he married Ready, 44, while he was still in Congress because he wanted his colleagues to be "confronted with the reality of marriage equality." He said a House colleague gave him a wedding gift and later placed an anti-gay House vote.

"We returned the gift," he said. Of his marriage to Ready, Frank said, "it strengthened an already strong bond."

Frank called former President Bill Clinton "a hero of gay rights." He said Clinton had been politically forced to sign DADT into law by Republican homophobes. At the time, "it was the best Clinton could do," he said.

Among Clinton’s accomplishments for the LGBT community, Frank cited the president’s reversal of a longstanding executive order that denied gays security clearances. Clinton also ended discrimination against LGBT federal workers and allowed persecuted LGBT people in other countries to seek asylum in the United States. He called the GOP House impeachment of Clinton "an attack on democracy."

Frank said "being gay in Washington, D.C., is not easy." He teased the audience by saying he knew closeted politicians on Capitol Hill: three in the Senate and four in the House. He did not mention any names.

"What’s behind the Republican disrespect for President Obama?" asked one questioner.

"Race is a factor," Frank said.

He also said basketball star Jason Collins’s recent announcement that he was gay was "helpful" and "important for LGBTs in the African American community." Frank said that the Congressional Black Caucus had been better for LGBT rights than LGBT members.

After Frank’s remarks, Hormel said he "made a rapid fire" presentation. He said he regretted Frank was no longer in Congress, but he "appreciated his reasoning" for leaving. He said he agreed with Frank that gays should come out, because people needed "to recognize the presence of gays in our society."

Attendees Jeff and Rhona Shulman, a retired couple from the East Bay, said they had, "a warm place in our hearts for Barney Frank." They said Frank, while in Congress, had the "best interests of the people at heart" and that he "put people before banks and corporations."

The Shulmans expressed a common view among the large and adoring crowd. Barney Frank, they said, "definitely did not disappoint."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: barneyfrank; definingdeviancydown; gaypresidents; homofascism; homosexualagenda; jamesbuchanan; moralabsolutes; queer; queeragenda; queeringamerica
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1 posted on 05/20/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Like he and Barry haven't gotten it on.
2 posted on 05/20/2013 5:43:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("“Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

we already have one


3 posted on 05/20/2013 5:43:54 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (Patriots needed!)
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To: presidio9
Frank is spending his time now writing a book at his husband’s place in Maine.

That is just weird, and I don't mean the fact that Barney is writing a book.

4 posted on 05/20/2013 5:43:59 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: presidio9

Barry will come out of the closet long before that.


5 posted on 05/20/2013 5:44:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: presidio9
Unfortunately, he is probably right. It might not even take 20 years. We are in for some hurtin. I am almost jealous of those 65 and above who won't have to suffer the destruction of America. It is not going to be pretty.
6 posted on 05/20/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: presidio9

I guess the First Lady will become the “First Significant Partner”.


7 posted on 05/20/2013 5:44:13 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: presidio9

Obama is so ‘gay’ that even Barney tries to cover for him!


8 posted on 05/20/2013 5:45:38 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: presidio9; Revolting cat!

The future is now.


9 posted on 05/20/2013 5:45:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: madprof98

Apparently Frank’s the wife.


10 posted on 05/20/2013 5:46:06 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

bump


11 posted on 05/20/2013 5:46:17 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Michigan Bowhunter

This like the Clinton black prez thing. He wasn’t black black. but he was black. Obama isn’t gay gay, but he’s gay. So the next Dem in power will rape rape, but not rape America.


12 posted on 05/20/2013 5:47:26 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: presidio9
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During the House Financial Services Full Committee Hearing on "Recent Events in the Credit and Mortgage Markets and Possible Implications for U.S. Consumers and the Global Economy"Chairman Barney Frank left the hearing in order to attend a meeting in support of legislation that would force American employers to hire homosexuals.   That says a lot about Barney's priorities.
 
Barney "Fife" Frank.
Financial Services Watchdog
 
This watchdog only has one tooth.
Barney's boyfriend makes him keep it in his pocket
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13 posted on 05/20/2013 5:47:45 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: presidio9

Hell, if he could, 0bama would replace Old Glory with the rainbow flag.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 5:47:45 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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What does Barney want, this guy?

15 posted on 05/20/2013 5:47:55 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: madprof98
The fact that brazen perverts are in positions of authority bodes ill for the nation's future.
16 posted on 05/20/2013 5:48:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: presidio9

Oh, wee-wee? We awe-weady have a faggot in our White House, Mr. Bawney Fwank. Although he’s not wee-wee owur pwesident, he’s still a fair-wee pwincess.


17 posted on 05/20/2013 5:49:21 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: AlexW

Nah, they’ll just have nightly orgies and crossdressing gang bangs and pick the “first lady” at the ring of midnight each evening. And thenn all the little fairy princesses in drag shal/descend the white house staircase to do theirthing on the lawn. What a nightly adventure it will be, ER is...is.


18 posted on 05/20/2013 5:49:32 PM PDT by Deathtomarxists (yellow black or white hillary's pantsuits stink by night!!)
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19 posted on 05/20/2013 5:49:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: presidio9

Obama is as queer as they come. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him show up for a press meeting in drag.


20 posted on 05/20/2013 5:49:50 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Michigan Bowhunter

beat me to it


21 posted on 05/20/2013 5:50:23 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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22 posted on 05/20/2013 5:51:47 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: presidio9

Huh? What do you think the president is?


23 posted on 05/20/2013 5:53:00 PM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: presidio9

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/world-exclusive-inside-hillary-clintons-shocking-25-million-tell-all

“They want lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people behind Hillary in the 2016 campaign. So Hillary’s going to come clean for the votes. She’ll admit that she’s bisexual and has had lesbian relationships.”


24 posted on 05/20/2013 5:53:25 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: presidio9
obama hot dog photo: Obama-hot-dog-400x308 Obama-hot-dog-400x308.jpg

20?!

25 posted on 05/20/2013 5:53:48 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: madprof98

26 posted on 05/20/2013 5:54:07 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: kaehurowing
They want lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people behind Hillary in the 2016 campaign.

All of these people combined comprise maybe 2% of the adult population. And they already vote overwhelmingly Dem.

27 posted on 05/20/2013 5:55:19 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

LOL. We’ve had at least one already with James Buchannan.

By the way, if we had a gay candidate who cut spending, appointed conservative judges, was strong on defense, did not coddle criminals, defended the borders, protected gun rights and got rid of entitlements, I’d vote for him.


28 posted on 05/20/2013 5:55:39 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: presidio9
Barney Frank Van Winkle has been asleep for 20 years.

Meanwhile, all of his friends have been celebrating since 2008.

29 posted on 05/20/2013 5:56:40 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: presidio9

This is less plausible than Frank thinks.


30 posted on 05/20/2013 5:57:26 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: presidio9

I’d rather have a Gay POTUS who was fiscally conservative and knew foreign affairs well enough to know when to kick ass and when to stay the hell out, than some self-proclaimed moralist who talked a good game in church.

Do they know how to balance a budget (by which I mean all of the concomitant horse trading and realpolitik) and when to-and when not to- use military force- THAT is the job of the POTUS.


31 posted on 05/20/2013 5:57:30 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: presidio9
He's talking about Deval “Coupe Deval” Patrick...currently Governor of the Gay State and soon to be the nation's Attorney Corporal.
32 posted on 05/20/2013 5:58:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

LOL!


33 posted on 05/20/2013 6:01:29 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: presidio9

Well at least it won’t be Frank himself he should
have assumed room temperature in 20 years if not he will be to old to run.


34 posted on 05/20/2013 6:02:09 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Michigan Bowhunter
we already have one


35 posted on 05/20/2013 6:02:20 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: DuncanWaring
Apparently Frank’s the wife.

Now you've done it! That created a mental picture I can't erase! I'll have nightmares!

36 posted on 05/20/2013 6:03:02 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: presidio9

That means now, right?


37 posted on 05/20/2013 6:04:01 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: presidio9
A second queer president would not be a big surprise.
After all - we've already had a queer milk cow as a congressman.


38 posted on 05/20/2013 6:09:53 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: presidio9

People in MA believe in Frank, and so do those in many other liberal states too.


39 posted on 05/20/2013 6:10:12 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: presidio9

We’ve moved into the era of “historic firsts” where elections will be more about electing the first member of a liberal diversity victim group than about the candidates position. In the next several elections we’ll likely see the first female President, the first Hispanic President, and perhaps the first gay or atheist President.

There’s a chance the Republicans could win the Presidency in 2016 if enough people have the integrity to hold all the current scandals against the Democrats, but if the Republicans don’t win in 2016 I don’t see a white (non-Hispanic) male winning the Presidency for a long, long time. Perhaps never again.


40 posted on 05/20/2013 6:10:47 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: presidio9

Is he predicting that El Supremo Barry Ochavez will still be president in 20 years?


41 posted on 05/20/2013 6:13:43 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: presidio9; Chode

I thought we already had one.


42 posted on 05/20/2013 6:13:57 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: presidio9

I hope the gay Commander in Chief won’t order soldiers to “bring up the rear.” (Sorry!)


43 posted on 05/20/2013 6:14:14 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Bernard Marx

Apparently Frank’s the wife.

Now you’ve done it! That created a mental picture I can’t erase! I’ll have nightmares!


Bawney is the husband on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


44 posted on 05/20/2013 6:14:24 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: RedStateRocker

Your opinion requested here

45 posted on 05/20/2013 6:15:04 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

We have one now. He is still in the closet.


46 posted on 05/20/2013 6:15:12 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: presidio9

One day Obama will come Out and then he will have been the first President.


47 posted on 05/20/2013 6:16:13 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: presidio9

James Buchanan. Been there! Done that!


48 posted on 05/20/2013 6:16:40 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Morgana
we do...
49 posted on 05/20/2013 6:17:06 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
We’ve moved into the era of “historic firsts” where elections will be more about electing the first member of a liberal diversity victim group than about the candidates position.

Good point.

50 posted on 05/20/2013 6:18:24 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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