On Wednesday, during Barack Obama’s last press conference as the President of the United States, the man mentioned Ellen DeGeneres with admiration as the subject of LGBTQ rights came about.
Obama said that there are still battles to fight if we want to end the discrimination towards the community for good.
However, the President mentioned how happy and proud he was that the people of this generation, those of his daughters’ age “would tell you ‘I don’t understand how you can discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation.'”
Furthermore, he added: “When I gave Ellen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I meant what I said. Somebody that kind and likable projecting into living rooms around the country – that changed attitudes. And that wasn’t easy to do for her, and that’s just one small example of what was happening in communities all across the country.”
Last November, Barack Obama gave the Medal of Freedom to Ellen DeGeneres and she accepted the honor with tears in her eyes.
As you probably already know, the President and the First Lady have been guests on Ellen’s show multiple times in the last years.
“I could not be prouder of the transformation that’s taken place in our society,” Obama said about the social progress that came to being while he was president.
Furthermore, he believes the country’s view on equal rights will only contribute to more positive changes ahead, even under the presidency of Donald Trump.
“I don’t think it is something that will be reversible because American society has changed.”
After Obama’s press conference, LGBTQ icon Caitlyn Jenner tweeted that she was ready to help the Republican administration if they so needed and asked for it.
“Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ issues and I’m here to help!” she wrote.
DeGeneres also took to Twitter after finding out she was mentioned by Obama, saying: “@POTUS I am honored you mentioned me in your last press conference. I’ll make sure to mention you on my last show.”