Gay and Straight

24 Apr

I didn’t write this, but someone did in response to Obama’s losing speech in Pennsylvania (from Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish):

This morning I saw an excerpt from Obama’s concession speech in Indiana where he said the following:

“Or this time, we can build on the movement we’ve started in this campaign – a movement that’s united Democrats, Independents, and Republicans; a movement of young and old, rich and poor; white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, gay and straight.”

I have two comments about this:

First, I cannot recall a politician ever speaking after a loss, proclaiming that he wants to bring together gays and straights. That is amazing. Can you imagine Hillary ever saying anything like that to a national audience, especially after a defeat?

Second, the “gay and straight” portion is not included in the text of the speech on Obama’s website. This means either 1) the campaign removed those words from the edited transcript or 2) (more likely) Obama’s inclusion of “gay and straight” was impromptu. It wasn’t included by the speech writers, but he included it at the spur of the moment. If this is true, how amazing it is that there is a politician who is willing to stand up for us gay Americans who have been ignored for so long. I hope Obama knows how much those three small words that he included in his speech mean to us.

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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in Uncategorized


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