When you're president, you can't always go outside when you want to. For President Obama Friday, that meant seeing the White House lit up in rainbow colors on a TV screen from inside the rainbow-colored White House.
The White House on Friday lit up in pride colors to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to strike down same-sex marriage bans. In a press conference Tuesday, Obama explained that, due to security concerns, he had to watch the image on television.
"The only bad part about it was I couldn't go out and peek at it myself because then I would have had to clear out all the people, or the Secret Service would have," Obama said at a joint press conference with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff Tuesday at the White House. "So I could only reflect on it from a television screen."
Crowds flocked to the White House Friday night after a Supreme Court ruling made marriage equality the law of the land. Obama said the moment moved him.
"I did not have a chance to comment on how good the White House looked in rainbow colors," Obama said. "To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love, that was pretty cool. That was a good thing."
Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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