Say what you will about President Barack Obama, but he’s never been shy about calling out the other branches of government when he feels that they’ve gone astray. In fact, so strongly does he feel about this that he once took time out in the middle of the State of the Union Address to deliver a dressing down to the members of the Supreme Court while they sat right in front of him over Citizens United. He’d had enough of those Super PACs and wanted everyone to know that not only had the Justices gotten the decision wrong, they were screwing up America’s elections. Admit it… you have to admire that kind of conviction no matter how you feel about his policies.
With that in mind, I’m sure that the President will be weighing in any moment now on the decision of the 9th Circuit Court to strike down Prop 8 in California and allow gay marriage to move forward. Now, I realize that the decision came too late to fit it into the State of the Union Address, but he’s in the early stages of what promises to be a hard fought campaign and he’s making stops all over the country. He should be taking a willow switch to those radical justices any time now, right?
After all, during his many stump speeches in 2008 he made his position very clear.
Opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposes a constitutional ban. Says he would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. As stated on the Obama campaign Web site, he supports full civil unions that “give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples, including the right to assist their loved ones in times of emergency as well as equal health insurance, employment benefits, and property and adoption rights.”
Seems fairly clear, right? If not, here’s a video of the President explaining his position to clearly skeptical gay marriage rights activists. I mean, he’s not against gays having equal rights. He just doesn’t want them getting married.
Some of you might be thinking that perhaps his position “evolved” after he was sworn into office. Not so! In fact, here’s David Axelrod in the heat of the 2010 mid-term elections asserting with no ifs, ands or buts that the President remained opposed to same sex marriage. (watch the video)
I mean, that’s 2/3 of the way through the term he was elected to, running on that specific position. He’s not going to turn around here in less time than a pair of bunnies could hardly fill up a hutch and start “evolving” his position.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama continues to “evolve” on the topic of same-sex marriage, his top spokesman said Tuesday, just hours after a federal appellate court ruled that a state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president’s personal stance on same-sex marriage hadn’t changed, but he added “that divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights to same-sex couples is something this president has long opposed.”
Since he first ran for the White House, the president has responded to questions about his stance on LGBT rights by saying that his position on gay marriage is “evolving.” Carney’s remarks provided a slight twist on that vague statement. They also raised the question of how Obama can be proactively opposed to discrimination against same-sex couples but not proactively in favor of marriage equality.
Ah… OK! I get it now. I had the President all wrong, and I apologize. He wasn’t proactively in favor of gay marriage. He was just sort of, kind of in favor of it with room to evolve. Check. So, to be fair, we shouldn’t hold him to anything in a concrete fashion unless he was proactively standing up there in support or opposition of a particular policy point. You know… like standing before the nation at his most important annual appearance on every television network and insulting the Supreme Court justices about it. At least we know that’s proactive.
The Obama campaign on Tuesday defended its decision to urge fundraisers to back the outside group backing his re-election bid, telling reporters the choice to reverse himself was approved by the president himself.
The campaign late Monday announced that it was not going to unilaterally disarm in the face of a half billion dollars’ worth of contributions aimed at defeating President Obama.
“The president did sign off on this,” a senior campaign official, who asked to remain unidentified, said on a conference call with reporters.
I… I… I’m not sure I understand. Everything is changing. I may need to go lie down in a dark room with a cold compress on my forehead.
Oh… wait. He did promise us change, didn’t he?
It’s all better now. I hope.