Los Angeles’ gay community came out in droves to cheer President Obama at last night’s glitzy fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Los Angeles Times reports that the event drew a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s gay elite and allies, including (get ready, celeb lovers) Cher, Chaz Bono, Glee creator Ryan Murphy , Dustin Lance Black, Will and Grace creator Max Mutchnik and Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted. Darren Criss (*swoon*) provided entertainment.
In a casual 30-minute speech — to audience chants of “Four more years! Four more years!” — the President outlined his history of and continued support for gay rights:
And so, in successive waves, the history, the scope of this country has always been to further broaden the meaning of citizenship to include more and more people; to give better and better expression to our highest aspirations; to make the country more fair and more just and more equal. That’s what wars were fought about. That’s what the civil rights movement was about. That’s what the women’s movement was all about. That’s what the workers’ movement was all about — this constant progression to include more and more people in the possibility of the American Dream. And so this is just one more step in that journey that we’ve taken as a nation.
One innocent comment the President made was bawdily interpreted as only a room full of ‘mos could. Referring to when Michelle Obama beat DeGeneres at a push-up competition on DeGeneres’ talk show in February, he said, “I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups. But I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down.”
Cue loud, ribald laughs.
“That’s what I heard,” the President continued in stride. “I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well.”