President Obama responds to 10-year-old’s letter about her two gay dads.
“I am so glad that you agree two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it’s gross and weird, but it really hurts my heart and feelings…,” Sophia wrote last week.
His response, which was no form letter:
“They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.”
“…We recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care very deeply for you.”
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Americans killed in US consulate attack honored
NBC News: Four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, earlier in the week were returned to the United States and honored in a somber ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
“We owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Photo: Photo: President Obama speaks at the transfer ceremony for the four men killed in Libya. (NBC News)
Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. Already many Libyans have joined us in doing so and this attack will not break the bonds between the United Sates and Libya. Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans. The Libyan’s helped some of our diplomats find safety and they carried Ambassador Stevens’ body to the hospital where we tragically learned he had died.
Money has always been a factor in politics, but we are seeing something new in the no-holds barred flow of seven and eight figure checks, most undisclosed, into super-PACs; they fundamentally threaten to overwhelm the political process over the long run and drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. We need to start with passing the Disclose Act that is already written and been sponsored in Congress - to at least force disclosure of who is giving to who. We should also pass legislation prohibiting the bundling of campaign contributions from lobbyists. Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t revisit it). Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of the super-PAC phenomenon and help apply pressure for change.
Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although their will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won’t stray from that principle - and it will be reflected in the platform.