Ashton, many thanks. You seemed awfully comfortable up here. (Laughter and applause.) You had been awfully comfortable up here. We don’t understand. We — I’m maybe maybe not sure I’ll be around, but, you know — (laughter) — if you’re right here, just don’t pretend you don’t understand me. Okay? (Laughter.)

Your tale, your leadership, as well as your mother can be a motivation. (Applause.) Your mother. If my mom had been right right right here, she’d look you, dear. at you and state, “Honey, God love” God love you — that which you do, that which you did, everything you continue doing.

I would like to thank Secretary — well, to begin with, I do want to say to Chasten: Belated birthday that is happy Chasten. (Applause.) Us inside, we were singing happy birthday to him if you could hear. A bunch was got by us of cupcakes, not sufficient for all of us. (Laughter.) But — and, Mr. Secretary, many thanks. You might be — you’re the very best, guy.

Look, our existence right right here this afternoon makes an easy, strong declaration: Pride is back in the White home. (Applause.)

Because of this community as well as for our country and also for the globe, Pride represents so much month. It is short for courage — the courage of most those in past generations and who proudly live their truth today.

It represents justice: both the actions we’ve taken while the actions we have to simply simply just take.

And most importantly, Pride Month is short for love — you know, to be able to love yourself, love whomever you like, and love this nation sufficient to make it more fair and much more free and much more simply. Continue reading