Michelle O to SF Gay Photographer: 'Give Your Husband a Hug From Me'
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | My friend Bill Wilson, a veteran gay photographer of many decades, had the chance to get close to our First Lady during her visit to San Francisco yesterday. Bill not only snapped lots of pics, he also had a short exchange with her. Here's his report:
Thought you might be interested in an exchange I had with First Lady Michelle Obama this afternoon.
About a month ago I registered to volunteer at the playground build at Bret Harte Elementary School this morning. I found out Friday night that Mrs. Obama was going to be there.
I knew I had to say something to her about DOMA if I had the opportunity and this was the result, as I remember it:
Bill Wilson: My husband and I have been together 23 years. We need to get rid of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Michelle Obama: I agree.
Bill Wilson: We need it done now.
Michelle Obama: It will be.
Bill Wilson: I really want to be able to support him.
Michelle Obama: As well you should!
Bill Wilson: We really do want him to succeed.
Michelle Obama: I’ll tell him.
(At this point she leaned over to give me a hug.)
As she stepped away I said, “We were married by the Mayor last year.”
Michelle Obama: Give your husband a hug from me.
Good going, Bill! Thanks for making sure Michelle Obama heard the concerns of the gay community during her visit.
For more info on Bill and his husband Fernando, and to view more of his pics of the First Lady's time at the playground, click here.
And to reach Bill, send email to: wfwilson(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.
Here's a sweet pic of the photographer and his hubby getting married.
Y SO SWEET? And yes, hell yes, that *is* Mayor Gavin Newsom officiating.
+ general picspam of the event at which Bill Wilson met Michelle Obama:
First Lady Michelle Obama, right, and California First Lady Maria Shriver, wave at the dedication of a playground at an elementary school in San Francisco, Monday, June 22, 2009. First Lady Michelle Obama holds up a socket wrench as she helps build a play ground at the Bret Harte Elementary School June 22, 2009 in San Francisco, California. First Lady Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver inaugurated an all volunteer-built intergenerational playground at the school.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helps students construct playground equipment during Obama's visit to Bret Harte Elementary School.
Source: Petrelis Files