Ellen DeGeneres Posts Star-Studded Video Thanking Obama for Promoting 'Equality, Kindness and Love'
Portia de Rossi, Drew Barrymore, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Debra Messing, Laverne Cox and Neil Patrick Harris also are featured in the video.
As the new era of a Trump presidency begins, numerous Hollywood stars have expressed their gratitude and farewells to President Obama. On the same day as Trump's inauguration, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres posted a star-studded video on her site to express her and many others' admiration for the departing president and "everything he was able to accomplish in the name of equality."
"Eight years ago it would’ve been hard to believe that we could repeal 'Don’t Ask, Don't Tell,' pass the Hate Crimes Act and legalize marriage equality all with one president," says DeGeneres in the video, titled "A Big LGBT Thank You to President Obama." "But yes we could, and yes we did. President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name of equality, kindness and love. This message is for you."
The tribute video compiles messages from myriad stars, including DeGeneres' wife Portia de Rossi, Drew Barrymore, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Debra Messing, Laverne Cox and Neil Patrick Harris.
"Thank you for acknowledging that love is love," says Kristen Bell in the video. Former 'NSYNC band member Lance Bass expressed sentimental appreciation toward Obama saying, “I wouldn’t have gotten married two years ago if it wasn’t for you.”
A recognized transgender woman, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox voiced a plea for future presidents to continue to respect and honor the transgender community as Obama did. "You are the first president that even uttered the word ‘transgender,’ and I hope that you will not be the last," she says.
Celebs also thanked Obama for providing a sense of hope and change that they felt the country needed.
"You made what seemed truly impossible, possible," says Groff.
Adding to Obama’s efforts to make a difference, The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parson says, "You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods of times ever for gay Americans."
Watch the video below.