Stopping by ELLEN this afternoon, President Obama and Ellen DeGeneres talked on the evolution of LGBT rights, with the Queen of Talk becoming emotional about the President's support.
Said DeGeneres, “I cannot tell you, or thank you enough, for what you’ve done for the gay community. So, thank you.”
President Obama responded in kind:
“It’s one of the things I’m proudest of because my whole political career has been based on the idea that we constantly want to include people and not exclude them. How do we bring more and more people into opportunity and success and feeling hopeful about their lives?”
“I will say, we were driving over here today — and I meant this. I said it to my staff — I said, as much as we’ve done with laws and ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ etc.. changing hearts and minds — I don’t think anybody has been more influential than you on that. I really mean that.
"You being willing to claim who you were - that suddenly empowers other people. And then suddenly, it’s your brother, it’s your uncle, it’s your best friend, it’s your coworkers. And then attitudes shift. And the law is followed, but it started with folks like you. I’m so proud of you.”