Reporter: Obama Dismissed Gay Marchers as 'Fringe'
White House takes comedians more seriously, Harwood says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2009 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama isn’t exactly quaking in his boots over the gay rights protesters that marched on Washington yesterday. The administration views the advocates as “part of the Internet left fringe,” CNBC correspondent John Harwood said on NBC last night. “One adviser told me, ‘those bloggers need to take off the pajamas, get dressed, and realize that governing a closely-divided country is complicated and difficult.”

The White House is actually more worried about comedians mocking his Nobel Prize, Harwood said, “because they reach a broader audience.”