TELL-ALL WORDS FROM MICHELLE OBAMA’S AUGUST 2008 SPEECH TO GLBT GROUP MISSING
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 3, 2010) — Michelle Obama’s speech to the GLBT community from August 26, 2008 during which she referred to Kenya as her husband’s “home country” is missing that reference on Obama’s Facebook page.
The part of the transcript containing the reference reads:
“He also supported, in his career, full funding for the Ryan White Care Act and has pledged…(Applause) a national HIV/AIDS strategy to combat this continuing epidemic right here in the United States. (Applause)
“He has also spoken out against the stigma surrounding HIV testing, which is still plaguing so many of our communities, which you all know—a lot of that is due to homophobia. Barack has led by example. When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test—-for the very point of showing folks in Kenya that there is nothing to be embarrassed about in getting tested. We did it….. (Applause)”
The video, unearthed earlier today and rapidly distributed across the internet, is below.
Obama’s Facebook page contains the following transcript of Michelle Obama’s speech that day:
He has supported full funding for the Ryan White CARE Act and has pledged to implement a national HIV/AIDS strategy to combat the continuing epidemic in the United States. He has also spoken out against the stigma surrounding HIV testing, a stigma tied all too often to homophobia. And he’s led by example: On our trip to Kenya, we both took a public HIV test.
The Facebook transcript is taken from the full article published in “The Advocate,” a gay/lesbian newspaper, in October 2008, prior to the presidential election. That article is also missing the reference to Obama’s “home country of Kenya.”