Laughter is the Best Medicine

Obama Praises Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres has a way of making you laugh
about something rather than at someone. Except when I danced on her show — she laughed
at me. (Laughter.) But that’s okay. It’s easy to forget now, when we’ve come
so far, where now marriage is equal under the law — just how much courage was required
for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago. Just how important it was not just to the
LGBT community, but for all of us to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody we
liked so much, somebody who could be our neighbor or our colleague or our sister challenge our
own assumptions, remind us that we have more in common than we realize, push our country
in the direction of justice. What an incredible burden that was to bear. To risk your career like that. People don’t do that very often. And then to have the hopes of millions on
your shoulders. But it’s like Ellen says: We all want a tortilla
chip that can support the weight of guacamole. Which really makes no sense to me, but I thought
would brighten the mood, because I was getting kind of choked up.

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