Betty White Talks About Her Meeting with Obama, Gay Marriage

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(official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Here's the most circulated photo of the day. Betty White had a meeting with Obama:

“I didn’t say anything at all,” said White. “He was charming and wonderful and I got a kiss on the cheek.”

White said that Obama extended her an invitation, a follow up to the 90th birthday video that he sent the television star, joking that he didn’t believe she was that age and asking her for her birth certificate.

“I stay away from politics,” said White, declining to tell Speakeasy any specifics about her political views. “That’s everybody’s personal business,” she added, “I’m not that deep or that bright.”

The HuffPost's Chris Harnick spoke with her shortly after the meeting:

Said White: "It was a thrill to be with Mr. Obama, but the big thrill was being with Bo, their dog. He's the cutest guy you've ever seen in your life. I spent a half-hour with him on my lap."

She was also asked about being a gay icon:

Oh! I didn't know I was a gay icon. I get a lot of mail — but I don't get many bad letters — but I got a woman the other day that was so upset with me because they said, "How do you feel about the gay marriage thing?" and my answer to that is, "I really don't care with whom you sleep, I just care what kind of a decent human being you are." I figure all the rest of it is your business and not mine. And not hers, incidentally.

Comments

  1. says

    Love her. I had a Designing Women/Golden Girls marathon for my friends on gay pride.

    Said White: “It was a thrill to be with Mr. Obama, but the big thrill was being with Bo, their dog.”

    Obama ate a dog, right? Dude ate a dog?

  2. Rick says

    And so we see again via her comments that the straight women who some effeminate gay men regard as “icons” are oblivious to those same gay men and their idolization of them, feel no particular affinity for gay men, are often not even supportive of the quest for gay rights–or are at best apathetic towards it, and are sometimes (although not in this instance, perhaps) downright homophobic.

    Entirely a one-way street and the supposed affinity–or the notion that these women somehow “represent” gay men or are their “friends”–is nothing more than a figment of the imaginations of such men and a reflection of their own absurd idolization of the opposite sex in opposition to their own.

  3. Robert in SF says

    2 things:
    It’s *President* Obama….not Mr.

    And there is no way in hell she didn’t know she was a gay icon…no way at all. Maybe she forgot, but as long as she has been on the scene, with her television history and public appearances, she had to know…. Maybe she was being modest? I prefer to think that, so I will go with it. :)

  4. says

    She’s an icon because she’s always had impeccable comic timing, is a great old broad, and has devoted decades to protecting animals. She’s also of a generation where many people (my father included) considered what they did in the voting booth none of anyone’s damn business. At 90, she probably doesn’t feel the need to share her every thought, political or otherwise. Some younger celebrities could use such class~reserve your voice for what you feel truly passionate about.

    If she were a Romney (don’t forget the caged dog on the roof, Alan, since you’re playing that silly game) fan, it’s kind of unlikely she’d be hanging with Obama.

  5. TANK says

    I know some of the bitchy queens around here aren’t going to like what I’m about to say, but hey, if Tank doesn’t keep it real, then why even bother to post? RICK, your closeted self-loathing is obvious… you need to loosen up, girlfriend. Take some lessons from Betty White about how to enjoy life and how to keep a youthful spirit even at 90. I just want to put the other Betty White bashers here, if there are any, on notice, that Tank loves him his Betty White, and he won’t countenance any disrespect for a true grand dame!

  6. says

    Can Betty White’s people or the gays around her let her know – we need her now more than ever to stand with us for gay marriage. It’s one thing not to care with whom you’re sleeping – it’s another for her to stand on the right side of history – i just don’t think she knows all the facts right now.

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  8. Andreas says

    Designing Women? I love Julia’s rants! And Suzanne’s funny lines. What a show.

    I also love Betty White. Such a lady. Whoever her granchildren are, I’m jealous.

  9. says

    Rick, Betty has come out for Gay rights, Marriage. I actually met and talked to her, at length, in person and she is an out spoken advocate. Her support is key because of her demographic of elder Americans. When I introduced her to my partner of 16 years, and my cat, she could not of been more kind. There. A firsthand account.

  10. UFFDA says

    Thanks JACQUES…our flinty Rick needed to hear that. He does go on doesn’t he, yet let if be acknowledged that no one is a fiercer advocate for men than Rick is, even though he leaves out our naturally effeminate brothers who need and deserve to be embraced. And of course lots of good women are on our side, divas or not.

  11. Derek Pearce says

    And don’t forget her acerbic (non-Rose-like) turn as Sue-Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore show! She was kind of caustic. And hilarious.

  12. jim says

    Defo preferred her as SueAnn over Rose. The Rose schtick got to be soooo predictable, but SueAnn’s lines were always amazingly original, and White’s sly’n’saucy delivery incomparable.

  13. Rich says

    @Jacques Rosas
    “Rick, Betty has come out for Gay rights, Marriage. I actually met and talked to her, at length, in person and she is an out spoken advocate. Her support is key because of her demographic of elder Americans. When I introduced her to my partner of 16 years, and my cat, she could not of been more kind. There. A firsthand account. ”

    You do realize that she only tolerated you guys because of the cat. ;-}

  14. Rich says

    @Robert in SF

    Barack Obama doesn’t cease to be Mister just because he’s POTUS. If you had occasion to speak to him directly, the appropriate form of address is “Mr. President”.

    Obama and his predecessors have been called many disrespectful things, most notably in cyberspace. “Mr.” just isn’t one of them.

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