The POTUS opened his speech by saying every generation struggles with the principle our nation was founded on -- "We are all created equal" -- and works to apply it to our changing times. He said today's decision was like a "thunderbolt," and said it will "strengthen all our communities" by providing dignity to same-sex couples. The president also applauded an end to the patchwork system of marriage laws and closed by saying, "Those countless, often anonymous heroes; they deserve our thanks. They should be very proud. America should be very proud."