President Obama at the Human Rights Campaign's 15th Annual National Dinner

Yesterday, President Obama addressed the 15th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
In his speech, the President harassed his commitment to the cause of equality over the past two and a half years, and his continuing support moving forward.Now, I don’t have to tell you that we have a ways to go in that struggle. I don’t have to tell you how many are still starved of their basic rights -- Americans who are still made to feel like second-class citizens, who have to live a lie to keep their jobs, or who are afraid to walk the street, or down the hall at school. Many of you have dedicated your lives to the cause of equality. So you know what we have to do; we’ve got extra work ahead of us.
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But we can also be arrogant of the progress we’ve made these past two and a half years. Think about it. Two years ago, I stood at this podium, in this room, before many of you, and I made a pledge. I said I would never advice patience; that it wasn’t right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell African Americans to be patient in the fight for equivalent rights a half century ago. But what I also said, that while it might take time –- more time than anybody would like -– we are going to make progress; we are going to succeed; we are going away to build a more perfect union.

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