>If it quacks like a duck…

>President Obama hosted about 250 LGBT leaders yesterday, including Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd and her partner Jen.

During the event, which was streamed live on the White House web site, a duck was heard quacking. Obama reacted, and after realizing it was a cell phone, asked “Where do you guys get these ring tones, by the way?” Trendy Gays, I guess. (Is a duck quack trendy?)

You can read the entire transcript here , or watch…

Obama reaffirmed his commitment to gay equality, had this to say:

We have made progress and we will make more. And I want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I’ve made, but by the promises that my administration keeps. And by the time you receive — (applause.) We’ve been in office six months now. I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.

Then he went on to talk about an inclusive hate crimes bill, ENDA, repealing DOMA (defense of marriage act) and DADT (don’t ask don’t tell).

He shifts the burden for all of this to Congress. However, he could just say the word and Dan Choi could remain in the service (Choi’s trial begins today).

So all is not sweetness and light with the President, but we do appreciate the recognition of our struggle, of the length of time the effort has gone on and of the urgency of correcting the wrongs.

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