Ellen DeGeneres: Olbermann 'So Eloquent and So Brilliant'

In an interview with Victor Balta of Comcast.net, openly gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres effusively praised Keith Olbermann's November 10 special comment denouncing the passage of Proposition 8 in California, maintaining the traditional definition of marriage:

I thought Keith Olbermann was so eloquent and so brilliant. I just thought that what he said is all that needs to be said. It really is just about following your heart and people paying attention to what the right thing is. (The movement) needs for people to not be ignorant. It needs for people to open their minds and understand that it is a fundamental right: people need to be allowed to love who they want to love and marry who they want to marry. I don't know what it's going to take, but I have faith that people will realize that this is wrong.

DeGeneres has convinced herself that her on-air activism for homosexuality isn't "political" at all. When asked about any negative feedback for her activism, she declared:

I'm sure there are (local) station managers that carry the show who probably don't like it because they probably are people who would have voted yes on (Proposition) 8. I'm sure they won't love me any which way I go. I don't really ever get political on the show. But to me that was not political, that was something that was just about equality.

When asked about her interview with John McCain in May, which included her pressing for the gay agenda, and McCain very politely disagreeing, she said:

I don't think we were going to keep in touch anyway. I'd be glad to take a call from him, he seems like a very nice guy. That was a moment that was an obvious question for me to ask. He doesn't really agree with equality and that's really what it boils down to is equality. I wasn't there to change his mind, I just wanted to present a very obvious case for him, which is we're all the same and we all deserve to have equal rights.

Ellen's an Obama girl:

I have the picture of Barack and I dancing right outside my dressing room door, I see it every single day and it makes me very happy.
Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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