An interaction, or lack of interaction, that took place four years ago between Barack Obama and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, still bothers the San Francisco politician. While Newsom was in the center of national outrage over his authorization of same-sex marriage in San Francisco, Obama allegedly declined to have his picture taken with the pro gay-rights mayor.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown told the SF Chronicle:
I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama's) request at the Waterfront restaurant. And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn't get his photo taken with my mayor.
Willie Brown continued to say that he doesn't blame Barack, who was in a Senate race in a somewhat conservative Illinois. Wilie just wishes Barack's camp would fess up to the snub. As for Gavin, who continues to stump for Hillary Clinton, aids say he's still cool on Barack.
Was Barack simply being cautious and practical — predicting attack ads linking him to controversial Gavin? Or did Barack let close-minded people dictate the conversation, while gay citizens were, and are, being denied rights?