Obama: Yeah, we’ve been fibbing about my position on same-sex marriage for a while now, or something

posted at 12:41 pm on May 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Take a listen to this clip from ABC’s full interview with Barack Obama on same-sex marriage.  When Robin Roberts pressed Obama about whether he was angry at Joe Biden for forcing the President’s hand on the issue, Obama says that Biden “got out a little over his skis” on the topic, but that he doesn’t have any hard feelings about it.  That, however, isn’t the big takeaway here:

I had already made a decision that we were going probably take this position before the election and before the convention. He probably got out a little bit over his skis, but out of generosity of spirit.

Mull that one over for a little bit.  For months, the White House has claimed that Obama’s thoughts on the issue were “evolving,” but that he didn’t have his mind made up.  That lasted through Tuesday, including two days in which the White House tried to argue that Biden hadn’t actually endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage and that his position wasn’t different from the President’s.

Now we discover — from Obama himself — that he’d made up his mind to change his position some time ago.  Rather than honestly express that flip-flop in a timely manner or at least acknowledge the change when asked directly, though, Obama and the White House essentially lied about it for a while — at least on Monday and Tuesday, and presumably for a while prior to Biden’s statement on Sunday.  Apparently, Obama was satisfied until Sunday to have the White House keep right on misleading people through to the convention, too.  Instead of taking a principled stand, Obama wanted time his pander for the most politically opportune time, even if that meant continuing to fib about his position.

And for all of those who cheered this flip-flop, here’s a question: wouldn’t it have been more effective in North Carolina had Obama made this announcement before Amendment One went to the polls?  According to Obama himself, he’d already changed position on same-sex marriage.  An announcement last week or the week before that, with a personal plea to African-American voters, might have made a difference.  Instead, Obama hid, the White House fibbed, and Amendment One won easily in a state that Obama carried in 2008.  Regardless of whatever else this might be called, leadership isn’t among the terms that come to mind.

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Bristol is a 21 year old grown woman who chose to do a reality show/Dancing With the Stars/tour the country and make herself a public personality. If she can dish it out, she’s a big enough girl to take it.

inthemiddle on May 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Chelsea chose to do a faux news program on ABC and make herself a public personality. Did I mention she sure looks a lot like Webster Hubble?

CoolCzech on May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

For the hundredth time…

…Barry is using Charlotte as ground zero for National Organizing.

Who is the current Poster Child for “White, Christian, Bigotry”?

Look at every position NC has taken against Barry and The Progs.

Think of the optics…

…Barry, in the capital of NC, takes it to the group who, (according to the progs), are on the losing end of history.

I’ve been saying it for months; he needs his second term to be about making history. That’s the only reason he won the first time.

So now we have…

1. Same-Sex marriage

2. Protect Obamacare

3. End GWOT

4. Protect Green Energy

What’s Left?



Protect Public Education

Expand/Protect Labor Unions


…in other words, pure Euro-Socialism.

budfox on May 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

What does ‘over his skis’ mean?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If you read Halperin’s Time magazine blog you will know that none of this means squat because as Halperin says openly,”The media has Obama’s back.” It will be miraculous if the viewing public is even made aware of how bad the economy is and how dangerous are the deficit and debt. Halperin actually admits the existence of the state run media.

xkaydet65 on May 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Very surprised he is showing his cards this soon. Makes me wonder two things:

1. They are concerned they will fall too far behind in the polls to catch up.
2. They are getting close to letting Biden off the ticket.

sdbatboy on May 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Actually been fibbing about his birth, his college, passport, his Chicago friends who lived in his neighborhood, and on and on we go.

Amazingoly on May 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

What does ‘over his skis’ mean?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

It means Biden doesn’t know how to “hang ten” on a snowboard.

Rovin on May 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

All it proves is that Obama is a liar -then or now -it matters not. Why would we ever believe a man who casually lies and treats us like we were….a pre-born in a womb or something expendable?

Don L on May 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

The Fibber-in-Chief has spoken……along with “his army”. Submit or the DOJ and the IRS will rein down hell upon you all!

Rovin on May 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Whatever. Obama ate a dog.

BocaJuniors on May 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

What does ‘over his skis’ mean?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I think it’s a term used by rich, out-of-touch pols who use taxpayer money to vacation on the slopes.

CJ on May 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

inthemiddle on May 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Personally I hope Bristol Palin gets the opportunity to comment on BO’s “down-low” behavior in the Chicago men’s clubs. Imagine how the left will whine about that.

katiejane on May 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Seems like they’re getting ready to dump Biden?

sartana on May 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Obamabuki Theater gets even better: VP Slow Joe just released an official apology to Pres. Jackass for getting ahead of him on the gay marriage issue. Just when you think these charlatans cannot be more contrived…

Philly on May 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Regardless of whatever else this might be called, leadership isn’t among the terms that come to mind.

I have a few choice terms just aching–aching–to bubble to the surface.

MisterElephant on May 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What does ‘over his skis’ mean?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM


My first thought: what a stupid expression, perfectly suited to a dummycrat.

MisterElephant on May 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

It’s been a couple decades since I went skiing, but I think “over your skis” is where you are supposed to be. Not being over the skis is usually painful.

When Obama talks about stuff like this, I am reminded of a line from Raiders of the Lost Ark: “The man is nefarious.”

Parabellum on May 10, 2012 at 8:23 PM

What does ‘over his skis’ mean?

CorporatePiggy on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I think it’s some really stupid thing they came up with at the very last minute, because they’d just realized that

“Biden wasn’t supposed to say that. He’s in the doghouse now.”

wasn’t the best response.

RINO in Name Only on May 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

My husband was a professional ski instructor for 12 years.

“over his skis” means he was overbalancing, leaning too far forward and took a tumble.

when you ski, if you get too far over your skis, you wind up falling down, because your center of gravity is no longer in balance.

Biden went too far and stuck his foot in his mouth. Again.

patriotmom1776 on May 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM

My new bumper sticker:

Leading From Behind–Barack Obama 2012!

mountainaires on May 11, 2012 at 9:29 AM

What offends me about this whole affair is the way that the media has, matter-of-factly, been consistently reporting high up in the stories how 0bama’s “evolution” on gay marriage wasn’t supposed to come out yet.

Does no one see the crassness of the straight-faced admission that instead of supporting gays now, 0bama was going to hold it for the moment of political opportunity?

How offensive to gays – that 0bama wants to use them as a political tool, instead of actually quietly working on some sort of legislation.

cane_loader on May 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

What’s his buds at the NOI like Shabazz and Farrakhan say now. I suppose like all the other mental slaves. They will look the other way for their half black “brother”

Hummer53 on May 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Media logic:
If someone lies, and everyone knows it’s a lie including the liar, it isn’t a lie and he/she should be held above suspicion.

diogenes on May 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Inthemiddle . . . isn’t.

Alana on May 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM