Conservative Pat Buchanan has dismissed
President Barack Obama's second inaugural speech as “pedestrian”
and “not uplifting.”
In an appearance on Fox News, Buchanan
specifically took aim at the president's mention of gay rights.
During Monday's inauguration ceremony,
Obama connected historic events in the suffrage movement, the black
civil rights movement and the gay rights movement when he mentioned
Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall.
The Stonewall Inn is the Greenwich
Village gay bar where a police raid was met with resistance by gay
men and drag queens in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969,
triggering the modern gay rights movement.
“This is a cross between State of the
Union speech with an agenda and a partisan rally given to the DNC,”
Buchanan said. “And so, I think, the president lost a real
opportunity. Look, they usually talk about what? When I was a kid:
Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. What was he talking about?
Stonewall. That's a barroom brawl in Geenwich Village in 1969, when
cops were hassling gays in their bar, and the gays fought back and
threw them all out. Does that belong in a presidential inaugural?”