President Obama Tweets About Caitlyn Jenner & The Simple Message Of Courage He Shares Is Perfect
Monday was an meaningful day for so many reasons. Not only did June 1 mark the start of Pride Month, which celebrates progress and equality for the LGBT community, but Caitlyn Jenner also introduced herself to the world, and she received so much encouragement and support from her fans, her family, and the world. There were so many touching moments throughout the day, and even the president of the United States recognized Jenner's bravery and her spirit when President Obama tweeted about Caitlyn Jenner through his official account.
The tweet was a simple one. It was a classic retweet of Jenner's second tweet from her new account, which read, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me." In response, Obama wrote, "It takes courage to share your story."
It was an incredibly important message from one influential person to another. Jenner has been a constant media presence since even before her groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer in April, where Jenner told the world, "I'm a woman." Revealing such intimate moments of your life would surely be difficult and intimidating, but Jenner was courageous and ensured she shared her story her way.
A few minutes after Obama's tweet about Jenner, the account, which is run by Organizing for Action staff, then tweeted a link for others to share their story of LGBT equality. It was truly a perfect follow-up. With Jenner as an inspirational example of how those in the LGBT community should share their stories if they're comfortable doing so, Obama reinforced the fact that many people have a story to tell and should feel brave enough to "share why you're proud to fight" for equality.
Obama's tweet about Jenner's courage currently has more than 15,000 retweets, with the majority of comments being overwhelmingly positive of both Obama and Jenner and echoing messages of courage and bravery.
In the interview with Vanity Fair, Jenner perfectly expressed how freeing finally being herself is.
Every day [Bruce] always had a secret, from morning ‘til night. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.