Ben Smith at Politico reports former Democratic
National Committee Chairman Gov. Howard Dean has a last-minute "family commitment" that will prevent him from appearing at tomorrow's high-profile gay DNC fundraiser hosted by Vice President Joe
Dean was one of the four announced co-hosts at the event. It's safe to assume the event has been on his schedule for months.
Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady and wife of the Vice President, delivered the opening remarks at the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's Sixth Annual Respect Awards in New York City. In "an appearance marking the first
time someone from the presidential or vice
presidential area of the Obama-Biden administration
addressed a gay organization", Biden recognized LGBT Pride Month and expressed the Administration's "commitment" to fighting bullying and making schools safe for all students, including LGBT youth.
Biden recalled her firsthand experience witnessing harassment and bullying as an educator for 28 years. "As an English teacher, I’ve read my students’ personal journals and heard their intimate conversations about their pain and their anxiety. How can we expect kids to learn when they are taunted by their classmates? How can we ask them to do their best work?”