Billy Eichner Thanks President Obama For Helping LGBT Americans (PHOTOS)
On Friday, Eichner was one of a number of celebrities to attend Obama’s final White House party before the end of his presidency. On Saturday, he took to Instagram to share a lengthy tribute to the outgoing president. In it, he revealed the discussion he had with Obama during the bash.
“Last night I got to speak with President Obama and thank him for everything he’s done, specifically for LGBT Americans. He told me it was one of the things he’s most proud of. I told him we will love and appreciate him forever. He told me there’s a lot of work we still need to do,” the “Billy On The Street” host wrote.
He went on, “Setting aside for a moment the sadness and anger I feel about the next administration, this was one of the greatest moments and nights of my life. When we walked into the White House last night, the first photograph on the wall was a picture of the WH lit up with the colors of the gay pride flag. Isn’t that extraordinary?”
“I’m so glad I had a chance to thank this exceptional man and his team and so grateful that he will still be around to help guide the way. More work to be done, indeed,” continued Eichner, adding, “And I won’t soon forget dancing with the Obamas in the White House while @questlove spins next to a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln.”
Shortly before that post, Eichner had shared a photo of himself outside the White House, writing, “Thank you @barackobama and @michelleobama for everything and for including me. Unforgettable and joyous and as inspiring as ever, even in the midst of such an emotional, bittersweet goodbye.”
Other attendees at the party ranged from Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to Nick Jonas and Olivia Wilde. Check out some of the social media photos below.