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Letter from the President

Iris —

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:

I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:

I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.

But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.

What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.

Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.

So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.

If you agree, you can stand up with me here.

Thank you,


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134 Years and Still Rolling

President Rutherford Hayes hosted the first White House Easter Egg roll in 1878.  Since then, it has become an annual tradition hosted by the First Family.  The Egg Rolls were cancelled from 1917-1920 during World War I, and again from 1943-1945 during WWII.  In recent years, family participants are drawn from a random lottery.  The festivities begin when the President blows a whistle and the children roll eggs across the South Lawn. 

Easter celebration at the Hoover White House in 1931. The handwritten caption from the photo album reads: Dainty Folk Dances Charm Children at the White House Egg Rolling.

Eleanor Roosevelt at Easter on south steps of White House. April 11, 1939.

Children on the south lawn of the White House after an Easter Egg Roll hosted by the Eisenhower family. April 6, 1953.

Easter Egg Roll history at

I’m very surprised at the participation of black children during President Hayes’ time!

(via newshour)

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If I became President, the first action I would take is help fix our health care system. Many people suffer due to limitations created by a poor health care system. Regardless of class, financial status, etc. American citizens should have the ability to seek proper health care and not have to settle for second rate treatment that is dictated by their ability or inability to pay. All citizens deserve the comforts of leading healthy, comfortable lives from birth to death.
 Austin Brown, singer/performer & heir to the Jackson dynasty

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Dear Foreigners -

You don’t have any business calling the United States President, Barack Obama, a “disappointment”. He was not elected to run YOUR country. He was elected to run MINE. Now go and pull your own drunken, prostitute-soliciting President out of the gutter and clean up your OWN backyard.

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