President Barack Obama hates bullying.
That's why he took time out in the middle of a Congressional election cycle -- in peak season, actually -- to cut a video for a little-known group called the It Gets Better Project. The It Gets Better Project was designed to protect children, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children and teens, from bullying. Its suggested pledge states, "Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that 'It Gets Better.'"
This is a good message. Nobody is for bullying, particularly of children and teens.
There was only one problem.
The It Gets Better Project -- the group that Obama chose to work with from among dozens of anti-bullying groups around the country -- is run by one of the world's most egregious bullies, gay sex columnist Dan Savage.
Savage made headlines this week when it came out that he had bullied students at the National High School Journalism Convention, calling sections of the Bible "bulls---" and then cursing students who walked out on him as "pansy-assed."
But that was no surprise.
Chances are that unless you're a fisting aficionado, you hadn't heard of Savage until this little incident. But you've certainly seen his work. Google Rick Santorum's name, and you'll get a disgusting definition referring to anal sex. That's because Savage coined the definition and Google-bombed it in order to slander Santorum for Santorum's opposition to gay marriage. The campaign was so successful that Savage threatened to change the definition of "Rick" to something similarly disgusting. As if that weren't enough, Savage also appeared on "Real Time" with Bill Maher stating that he wanted to "f--- the s--- out of (Santorum)."
This would probably violate the It Gets Better pledge.
But it doesn't stop there.
Back in 2000, Savage was hired by Salon to infiltrate the Gary Bauer presidential campaign. He became so frustrated with Bauer's religiosity that after contracting the flu, he decided to go around the office licking doorknobs in order to infect the other staffers. He even handed Bauer a saliva-coated pen, hoping to infect him with the flu. He then proceeded to vote in the Iowa caucuses, although he wasn't registered in the state. This isn't bullying. It's biological warfare. Beyond that, it's gross -- no doorknob deserves to be licked by Dan Savage.