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Pfeiffer Grilled At Netroots Nation

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer looks on as President Obama talks with Chief of Staff for Policy Mona Sutphen.(whitehouse/flickr)

June 17, 2011
Still, after each attempt Pfeiffer made to defend the president, Gray would let out a long, dubious, "okayyyyy," the most obvious hint at the angst some liberals still feel toward the administration. Later, Pfeiffer fielded a question about why the president doesn't support gay marriage, which he is reportedly "coming around to" with time. To defend the president's record, the communications director pointed to a list of other successes, including ensuring federal benefits for the spouses of federal workers in same-sex couples. But for the ultimate defense of Obama to the LGBT community, he played the one trump card the White House has with the left, no matter how unhappy liberals are: "This is a huge, important issue to everyone and it is a big deal to them and I would not begrudge a single person who feels strongly about this for being upset with the president about it. But what I can promise you is that if someone else is president, all those other things are going to go away." Perhaps it was this admission that led Gray to make one of her own later when asking about why progressives should support Obama in 2012. "They're all going to vote Democrat," she said of the group. But it came with a threat, one Obama cannot afford: low turnout and little desire to help knock on doors and help win over other unhappy voters. "I promise you, [Obama] is the same person I remember from the campaign trail, someone that cares passionately about all of the progressive ideals that we talked about today, and he has fought for them the best he could to the bottom of his heart," Pfeiffer told the group as he wrapped up. "We need to continue to have a conversation with this group of people."
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