The film tries to make the case that several prominent Republican politicians are closeted gay men. Chad Griffin, a Hope, Ark. Griffin worked under Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, then went on to head up a non-profit organization run by filmmaker Rob Reiner before starting his own Los Angeles-based political media consultancy.
President Clinton told the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday that he is determined to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military, amid growing signs that the issue could divide the President from the armed services and many in Congress. In their first face-to-face meeting, Clinton told the military brass in a minute White House meeting that he is open to discussion on how to carry out the new policy but that he will not change his position. Military leaders also have said that lifting the ban could weaken recruiting, increase the risk of AIDS for heterosexual troops and drive devoutly religious people from the armed services.
Griffin got his start in politics volunteering for the Bill Clinton presidential campaign, which led to a position in the White House Press Office at the age of Following his stint in the White House and his graduation from Georgetown University, he led a number of political campaigns advocating for or against various California ballot initiativesas well as a number of fundraising efforts for political candidates, such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Following the passage of California's highly publicized Proposition 8which barred the recognition of same-sex marriageGriffin founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights AFER to overturn the law.
Quick: Name the wunderkind from Hope who went to the White House in Gore, in which the ultra-conservative Olson represented George W. Bush and Boies represented Al Gore. His support of a legal theory that says the Constitution prohibits the states from banning same-sex marriage raised every eyebrow.
A federal judge has just ruled that implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement must await an environmental-impact statement, and correspondents are ravenous for a presidential reaction. Sarah McClendon, the rudest member of the White House press corps, begins to bellow hoarsely for the White House cousel. Nussbaum in here and have a briefing on this right now?
President Clinton learned a valuable lesson when he appointed Bob Hattoy to work in the White House: Never hire a dying man; he has nothing to lose. That was all too clear the morning that Dee Dee Myers, the White House press secretary, called Hattoy at home to scold him for his latest transgression. He hung up and ran to the bathroom.
Melissa Block. Dee Dee Myers, who met Hattoy in while working on the Mondale campaign, talks about her longtime friend and colleague. And Mr. President, your family has AIDS.
The Clinton White House struggled Tuesday to gain control of a boiling controversy over gays in the military, apparently avoiding--at least for the moment--a damaging and highly public break with leading congressional Democrats and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The fledgling Administration was given breathing room on the issue when Sen. Sam Nunn D-Ga.