Obama and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in the White House: PHOTO


The International AIDS Conference has returned to the U.S. this week. And appropriately, the Quilt that honors those lost to the disease is being seen again by many as well, including those visiting the White House:

One enduring symbol of the lives that have been lost is the AIDS Memorial Quilt. First started in 1987, the quilt now contains the names of more than 94,000 of individuals who have died of AIDS on more than 47,000 panels.  The quilt was first displayed on the National mall in 1987. During the conference, panels of the quilt will be shown on the mall and in over 50 locations throughout the District of Columbia metropolitan area, including the White House. 
Earlier this week a section of the Quilt was put on display in the East Wing, so that the hundreds of visitors that go through the halls of the building each day can stop and remember the human toll that this disease has taken, and how far we’ve come as a country in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  While much work remains to be done, we all look forward to the day when there are no more panels to add to the quilt. Thanks to our collective efforts, that day is closer than ever.


  1. jason says

    AIDS is not a disease, it’s a syndrome. That’s why it’s called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. In this context, a syndrome is a condition which enables diseases to ravage the body.

    As for Obama’s photo opportunity, it’s just that. He couldn’t find time to attend the AIDS conference.

  2. says

    the memorial quilt is rather amazing. for those of us who’ve been able to see it in person, you know what i’m talking about. there’s a feeling that comes over you when you’re seeing it – love, loss, pain, hope. it’s an incredible thing to behold.

    thank you President Obama.

  3. Roy Hammond says

    Every time I see the quilt I immediately break out into tears. As a 19 year survivor of HIV I can’t help but think of all my friends who are no longer here. Excuse me, I have to go collect myself.

  4. Lee says

    “And so we sailed on, with grief in our hearts / Glad to be still alive and yet mourning still / For our dear friends no longer with us.”

    — Homer; The Odyssey

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