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Obama Said 'Gay' Once During 'State of the Union' and Here It Is: VIDEO


Obama's State of the Union speech focused mainly on the economy and U.S. productivity. He mentioned gay people once, near the end of it, in a segment about the military.

"Those of us who've been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn't matter if you're black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you're marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you're in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind."

There was no acknowledgement of Obama's lesbian guests (even the military veteran), nothing about employment discrimination, or marriage. What did you think about the speech?

Watch that clip, a highlights reel, the one line that got a laugh, and the entire speech if you missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Full speech:

Here's the one laugh line of the night:

And here are the highlights:

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  1. If I were president, I wouldn't have mentioned the lesbians either. Eww..

    Posted by: Bird | Jan 25, 2012 7:29:07 AM

  2. Fierce advocate? More like fierce FRAUD!

    Posted by: Wayne | Jan 25, 2012 7:43:29 AM

  3. His speeches always sound good, but they enact very little. I did notice he totally snubbed an Asian woman who was trying to say hello while he was getting ready for a hugfest with Sheila Jackson Lee. Odd moment.

    @Bird: That's some seriously offensive hate you have going.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 25, 2012 7:43:51 AM

  4. Can we all agree that, while LGBT issues are important, the President has some bigger fish to fry, and that he will be able to accomplish a lot more in a second term, when he doesn't have to worry about re-election, and that he has accomplished things for the community, and that making a Big Gay Deal last night may have cost him independents/undecideds, and its better to play the long game, as he has been for 4 years, then to risk his being ousted for and *actual* homophobe because we as a community continually throw our toys on the ground every time he fails to make EVERYTHING about gay rights?


    Posted by: Dxx | Jan 25, 2012 7:58:48 AM

  5. @Bird: Lesbians are part of the gay community. Perhaps you aren't.

    Posted by: Michael R | Jan 25, 2012 8:11:42 AM

  6. I knew he was fluff even before he was put in. Hilary would have been a much better president, but we got him instead. Considering everything he did in his first two years, he deserves the position he's in. And considering the way he handled DADT, the only thing he ever really kinda sorta did for us, with him fighting the courts to have it preserved as constitutional, I don't support him. He may not be the worst president we've had, but he's certainly not the best, and certainly not a champion of us of any kind. I would go so far and be so audacious as to say that Bill Clinton was more gay friendly than is Obama; at least he had a spine and fought for us as much as he could. I find myself wondering if we would be in any different circumstances if Romney ended up winning, but then I realize, and this is what will cause Romney to lose, that he's too much of a flip-flopper, so what he says isn't worth much at all. Regardless, I'm cold to Obama. I won't vote for anyone else, because I know no one WORTHY will be on the ballot, but I'm neither voting for him nor supporting him. He's made his bed, let him lie in it.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 25, 2012 8:15:27 AM

  7. I'm upset that president Obama didn't mention Michael Fassbender.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jan 25, 2012 8:20:24 AM

  8. @Matt: Not voting lets an even more horrible alternative win. I'm not wildly crazy about the president either, but I'm going to vote for him regardless. It's far, far better than letting another republican ruin things for 4 years.

    Inaction which allows for change is better than backward action which kills any possible change.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 25, 2012 8:21:54 AM

  9. When has a President ever said the word gay in relation to a person's sexuality in a State of the Union Address?????? BRAVO

    Posted by: David C. | Jan 25, 2012 8:26:54 AM

  10. Jeez a bunch of complainer on here, lets not forget the crazies trying to replace this guy. Instead of talking about the repeal of DADT, they would proudly brag about re-closeting gay soldiers and attempting to annul gay marriages. Fraud? Kind of a dramatic word for this Moderate president.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 25, 2012 8:31:24 AM

  11. @Matt

    Yes, the president who brought us DADT and DOMA was so much more gay friendly than Obama. He really took leadership on those issues! Someone is high on pant suits this morning!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 25, 2012 8:37:03 AM

  12. Matt, are you aware that Hillary Clinton is vigorously opposed to same-sex marriage. At least Obama is "evolving" slowly.

    So sit the election out and you'll get what the rest of the naysayers deserve, a republican White House and possibly a republican controlled senate. Translation: DADT repeal overturned, no ENDA enacted, DOMA legal in all states, same-sex marriages invalidated, Roe v. Wade overturned, among other things.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 25, 2012 8:45:07 AM

  13. DXX: well said. Sorry, but I won't fault the president for not making his SOTU address all about gays. The State of the Union is pretty crappy right now, and at this point, I'm more interested in hearing what the president wants to do about that. Everything isn't always about us, drama queens.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 25, 2012 8:48:38 AM

  14. The fact that he mentioned "gay or straight" definitely includes the lesbians. Whoever posted this news article on Towleroad has issues IMO.

    Why can't you take the bone that's been thrown? Why do you ALWAYS have to complain that it's not enough. Politicians are saying gays are like pedophiles, murderers, alcoholics, etc. President Obama IS an advocate for gay people, yet 'it's not enough' for you?

    Seems there is nothing President Obama can do to please anyone.. No wonder American is in turmoil, people can't even recognize the GOOD things anymore...

    Posted by: Draek | Jan 25, 2012 8:54:03 AM

  15. "Can we all agree that, while LGBT issues are important, the President has some bigger fish to fry"

    Hear hear DXX, basic equality of all citizens is just a bonus, so many other items that are so much more important.

    I will continue to complain that it's not enough because IT ISN'T ENOUGH! And if you choose to accept less than those around you then sit by and take the scraps that are doled out to you because that's all you deserve. I deserve more and demand more.

    Posted by: Donald | Jan 25, 2012 9:03:17 AM

  16. There's nothing wrong for asking more, but Obama is the best advocate the Gay community has had in the White House. If you plan to sit out the next election because you haven't gotten everything on your list of demands, I hope you are compfortable in the internment camp Romney sends you to if he wins.
    Regarding how much better Hillary would have been - move on! She sucked on the campaign trail and lost. Had she won and was faced with the same situation as Obama, she would have inacted a nearly identical set of measures.

    Posted by: Keith | Jan 25, 2012 9:18:00 AM

  17. HRC is angling to become VP.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 25, 2012 9:20:06 AM

  18. @Donald

    Trees, Forrest, etc. He IS doing things for equal rights, but it can't be all gay all the time. He's got an entire country to run, one with a failing economy, an opposition that has stonewalled his every move, an ongoing war, and much more. Has he done everything I hoped? No. Do I give him credit for what he has accomplished for the community? Yes. Credit in the fact of the situation he faces? Definitely.

    Just because he didn't lead of the SOTU with "GAY MARRIAGE FOR ALL!" and just because he's tempering his response until after the election doesn't mean there won't be a response. It's called "Politics" because, surprise, one has to act decisively in order to achieve one's long term goals.

    I think the President's tactics will bring much more than scraps, delivered to all of us, including those who understood the reality of the situation, and those who were petulant Violet Beauregard one-issue voters with tunnel vision.

    Posted by: Dxx | Jan 25, 2012 9:23:08 AM

  19. No issues with his speech. He said what needed to be said. No need to give the radical, rabid right more things to get violent and kill cats over.

    I am quite confident whoever wins the November election will waste little time taking one of the following two positions (and nothing in between):

    1. LGBT equality, DOMA repeal, ENDA, LGBT friendly judges

    2. "Traditional" families only, constitutional amendment against gay marriage, DADT reinstatement, a few more Scalias appointed

    I don't care if you're not thrilled with Obama. Voting against him, or not voting at all, works to set us back decades. Suck it up, boys and girls.

    Yes, the economy comes second when we still lack basic equality. GOProuders ought to be ashamed they make mention of a word pertaining to Pride. They truly have none.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jan 25, 2012 9:26:42 AM

  20. With the obstruction of the GOP, LGBT rights will inevitably move slowly. That said, I support President Obama in 2012 rather than a candidate who signed their name on a hate group's pledge to remove the progress made thus far.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 25, 2012 9:29:58 AM

  21. Is she? Well she doedn't have a chnace in hell.

    I too was annoyed that President Obama didn't take time out from rousing the spirit of the Americna people and demanding that Republicans come on board to work with him to point out how shockingly unfair it was for th Academy not to recognize the stirring perfomance of Micael Fassbender's cock in "Shame."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 25, 2012 9:30:41 AM

  22. if a Republican wins this year we can kiss ALL our rights goodbye for decades. The next President gets to decide on potentially two new Supreme Court Justices....If the GOP get in there is no way on earth they are going to appoint anyone even slightly gay friendly. That means goodbye any hope of gay marriage, ENDA, couples will still be split apart by archaic immigration rules that ignore their legal marriages and a whole host of other horrible steps backwards. Obama getting another 4 years is crucial in so many ways all of us should be focused on that.

    Posted by: paul | Jan 25, 2012 9:34:09 AM

  23. @ Bird and BobbyJoe: You made me laugh out loud.

    Some people need to get a sense of humor.

    Obama made a great speech, and as strategy, he has boxed his opponents in. Very good, very clever. It does pay to go to Harvard Law. I'm glad he's on our side. With Hillary right beside him.

    Posted by: It's just my opinion | Jan 25, 2012 9:48:33 AM


    Posted by: josh | Jan 25, 2012 9:52:10 AM

  25. Gurls, it can't ALWAYS be about you!!

    This president is the most LGBT-friendly president in active office EVER! And I for one am thankful for him.

    Posted by: Chuy | Jan 25, 2012 9:55:55 AM

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