“Now I know that many in this room don’t believe that progress has come
fast enough, and I understand that. It’s not for me to tell you to be
paitent any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African
Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half century ago,”
Obama said.

“But I say this: we have made progress, and we will make more. And I
want you to know that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not
by promises I’ve made, but by the promises that my administration
keeps,” he said, drawing applause.

It’s a start.

But things are still moving pretty slow. Especially when more than 265 people have been dismissed from the military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a law Obama has pledged to repeal.