Obamaâ€™s rally in Beaumont today was the highest-energy of this Texas swing, with a crowd that was about three-quarters black cheering at almost every turn.
An interesting moment came when he was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributesâ€”race, gender, etc.â€”that shouldnâ€™t trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell silent.
So he took a different tack:
â€œNow Iâ€™m a Christian, and I praise Jesus every Sunday,â€ he said, to a sudden wave of noisy applause and cheers. â€œI hear people saying things that I donâ€™t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian,â€ he said, and the crowd seemed to come along with him this time.
(Do notice the comment left by Dan Savage. It’s #9.)