don’t you think this is totally what they looked like backstage last night?
good job, America. now, everybody dance.
i’ve read that it’s bad for bloggers and writer-types, anyone who is looking to garner support for their work and their brand, to share their political views in their creative/business space. it’s thought to alienate and possibly discourage some from patronage because they may so strongly feel another way that they will no longer support you or your work. and there have been times when i’ve curbed what i’ve said and times that i haven’t. most times, i haven’t. this is another one of those times.
this video. i mean, i didn’t really need reminding, but these are so many of the reasons why i’m voting for President Obama. i believe that he’ll make the tough decisions. i believe that ultimately, he’ll do what’s right. i believe he believes in the equal rights of all people and will fight for those rights with unwavering determination. i believe that he understands that standing up for those rights before popular politics is historically what has made for America’s proudest moments.
when Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks about what it would’ve meant as a gay child, in a small town, to hear his president say he supports gay marriage (*tears*); who doesn’t have a moment like that? a time when affirmation for our feelings or recognition and acceptance of our identity would have meant everything. i know i do. and that common thread, that moment of being one, my President recognizes the power and importance of that. and he goes one better, he fights for it.
equality gets pushed to the back burner time and time again, thought to be an emotional issue and not a pressing debate like that of healthcare and the economy. i know that equality is a fundamental issue, one that needs mending and new legislation. i know that because it’s always been at the forefront of my life. much like it has for the LGBT community. or for the black community. or for women. and i’m so thankful to have a President that recognizes that.
pay attention to the end of this video. feel the fear that i felt, thinking about the giant steps back we’d take as a collective if President Obama isn’t reelected, and use your voice. vote! our right to choose is our greatest and most powerful virtue. protect it, use it, and encourage others to do the same. stand up for our rights, all rights, and "come out and vote for President Obama."
Obama is wearing double-pleated khakis. Traditionally, the outermost pleat symbolizes a pressing need to attend to some bills, while the inner pleat represents growing anxiety about the state of the screen door.
dear Mr. President,
i love you so, so much. really. i plan to go hard campaigning for your re-election. like, thinking about spending more time in my home state of Florida over the next few months to knock on doors and things. that hard. and, i know you’re mad busy, saving the world, cultivating your swag, being an awesome husband and father. i get it, i do. but, please. please, please, please get a flat front pant. dockers makes an awesome one. super simple. classic khaki. i mean, your suit game is good. and i know Michelle has your back in the wardrobe department, she’s so crazy stylish. is it that you’re too busy to care? is it a comfort thing? i’m happy to take a writing sabbatical and come style you. we can do a barter system or something. you make my student loan debt disappear…and i’ll make sure you’re the best dressed president since Lincoln’s trailblazing hat game.
think about it. and again, i love you.
p.s. heyyy Shakira…
yes! yes! yes! up top, Mr. President!
the coolest part about all of this is knowing that there are so many young people (and adults) who needed to hear our President say this. and now they have. man, it’s a good day. a nice-sized step in the right direction, for equality and for civil rights as a whole. watch/read his statement HERE.
below are a few fave social media moments:
@garrott via tumblr:
Today, President Obama spoke to ABC to affirm the evolution of his stance on gay marriage. And, for the first time, I feel like someone in office has my back.
I know there’s ton of cynicism re: Obama’s announcement, but if it saves the life of a gay teen watching the news today, it’s worth lauding.
@ryannewyork via tumblr:
For the first time in my life, I have a President who believes that I should have equal rights. Yeah, that feels good.
@hilaryr via twitter:
I knew I voted for that guy for a reason.
and to anyone out there who was so desperately seeking this validation: your President supports you! take a breath in that. we’ve come a long way, we’re moving forward, you’re never in this alone. it gets better, it gets better, it gets better. it just did.
just saw this on a friend’s facebook page. my comment there and now, here:
this kind of disrespect should be against the law. he’s our president. like, whether you dig it or not. that should count for EVERYTHING.
p.s. THIS (among other, more significant reasons) is why i could never be president or the president’s wife. #illshowherthreatening