I’m going to make a bold assertion: Barack Obama does not care about transgender people particularly. Hardly any of the liberal left pushing this issue really do, any more than they care about minorities, gays, or poor women. At least with some of those groups, there are sizable voting blocs to go after. But with transgenders, there isn’t even that. This is a tiny percentage of people.
I think really it’s just as simple as a demand to bow to the power of the state. It’s just O’Brien demanding that Winston agree that 2+2=5. It’s just submission to power that matters.