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White House appaluds Michael Sam’s coming out: ‘An inspiration to all of us’

First Lady, VP tweet: Michael Sam is 'an inspiration to all of us'
Monday, February 10, 2014

Updated: 3:00 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON — The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player’s decision to announce that he is gay, with President Barack Obama’s spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.

Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she “couldn’t be prouder” of Sam’s courage, both on and off the field.

The tweet was signed “-mo,” which is how the White House marks messages personally sent by the first lady.

“Your courage is an inspiration to all of us,” Biden said. The message was signed “-VP,” which designates that the vice president personally sent it.

Sam could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. He’s scheduled to participate in the league’s weeklong scouting camp, where potential draftees are evaluated, later this month in Indianapolis. He is currently projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president “shares the sentiments expressed by the first lady and the vice president and so many others in marveling at his courage and congratulating him on the decisions he’s made, on the support he’s had from his team and wishing him well in the future, including in professional football.”

Carney said Sam’s announcement should not affect his standing on the NFL draft and that his abilities should be measured by his performance.

“And in this case, his performance has been exceptional,” Carney said.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. He gives courage to many LGBT people for coming out. And The reason we heterosexuals do not need to announce our sexuality is because we are not made to feel shame or hated because of it. This young man may have actually HURT his chances in the draft…but somewhere, some young, gay man is going to see how brave Michael is being & how much courage it took to announce this…and not feel shamed. If you people only new how many gay teenagers/young adults killed themselves because they are not accepted by their families & friends…a man like Michael lets these people know that it’s okay to be brave & be who you are.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:13pm
  2. Now THAT is true!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:13pm
  3. Omg will you look at that?! The First Lady and the presidents of the freaking USA support Gay rights even though their religion is against it! Who would have thought a politician could do the right thing!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:17pm
  4. Hi you’re a great lady among world women..congrats..

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:18pm
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    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:26pm
  6. I love me some Michelle Obama!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:29pm
  7. i think all gay people should come out and be proud were not gonna be accepted by everyone one get over it i give u the same advice old man dwight give me FUCK EM.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:30pm
  8. I think every person who comes out is an inspiration. It takes courage and strength to face people or community who may judge and hate you for living the life they do not understand. It takes courage to head into a storm of violent people who think the way to deal with gays ( lgbtq ) is to eliminate them. Yes, I think anyone who comes out is an inspiration because although they may or may not know what they will face , they come out because being gay is who they are and they will not hide that fact from others just to please them.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:34pm
  9. Michelle O is not just the First Lady but she is the True First Mom of the United States.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6:46pm
  10. This is why we should have “Coming Out” cards

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:27pm