President Obama is now for same-sex marriage. But is he really? According to The Weekly Standard, in 1996 he was, in 2000 he was not, then in 2004 he was again, and finally in 2008 he was not one more time. Wednesday in an interview with ABC television, the President said he has changed his position through the process of evolution.
This is just my opinion, but I think the President’s evolution came when Vice President Biden made the comments he did about “being completely comfortable with same-sex marriage” on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday. Had Biden not said the things he said Sunday, Obama would have waited until after the North Carolina amendment vote to be over before he said anything.
Biden issued an apology on Thursday for jumping the gun on saying the Obama administration embraced same-sex marriage.
The gay and lesbian community are not the voters Obama has pandered to in the past. Many of them are very intelligent successful people who do not care or need Obama’s or Biden’s or anybody else’s approval to be happy in life. They are smart enough to recognize that just like so many groups in past elections they are being pandered to.
Unlike groups in the past such as unions or illegal immigrants or young voters with no history to look back on and who wanted something in return for their votes, these are voters who have seen the flipping back and forth on this issue. These are voters whose trust will be hard to get and will remember what you said and hold you to it.
The gay and lesbians in this country being people deserve to be treated like people. If they choose to be together, what difference at the end of the day does it really matter to anyone else.
This was not simply evolution. This was campaigning at its finest. The only thing missing with this show was the ring, bright lights, wrestlers in tights, scantily dressed ring-girls and Vince McMahon of WWE fame. Yes, this show was as good as any wrestling event ever staged.
The Republican Party should take note: Obama is a great campaigner. He came from nowhere to take the nomination away from Hillary Clinton, and then became the first black President in this country’s history. The gay and lesbian community is not going away and the Republicans would do well to embrace them as people and leave the moral issues to the church.
As far as Obama and the switching back and forth, the NBA playoffs are currently in full swing. Right now this series is 3-2 in favor of gay marriage, but don’t count Obama and his team out. Tomorrow is another day, the wind may blow from a different direction, a bigger, better group of voters may come along. With the President being a lifelong sports fan, I really think this series will go to a Game 7, maybe even overtime in a different kind of court.