To be or not to be…to agree or not to agree…to spike or not to spike… Those are amongst the struggles the anointed one has been dealing with day to day. Most recently America has caught him on a particularly large issue thanks in large part to his vice president Joe Biden. The issue could turn many Obama supporters sour before November.
On Sunday the uninhibited veep went on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” and said “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” Biden’s statement seemed to have initiate a much larger question in peoples’ minds, what does the President think?
Unsure as to what the White House thought of Biden’s comments, certainly the assumption can be made that the timing for the VP to raise the hot button issue was less than ideal for Obama’s re-election efforts. President Obama, forced to address his personal thoughts on the issue, responded telling ABC that “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” With an obvious concern of alienating supporters he continued, “Now I have to tell you that part of my hesitation on this has also been I didn’t want to nationalize the issue…different states are coming to different conclusions.”
It appears, however, that Obama’s beliefs and comments are as vast in number as the states’ themselves. With some help from the Associated Press and Politico, we can summarize the flip flop of all flip flops:
-1996: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages"
-1998: "Undecided," while running for re-election to state Senate
-2004: "I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. I know that's true in the African-American community, for example.
-2006: "I was reminded that it is my obligation…as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided.
-2007: "The government has to treat all citizens equally. I am a strong supporter not of a weak version of civil unions, but of a strong version.”
-2008: "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian - for me - for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix.
-2008: "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage”
-2009: "I've called on Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act to help end discrimination to help end discrimination against same-sex couples in this country.”
-2010: "I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you're right that attitudes evolve, including mine."
-2011: "Every single American - gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law.”
-2012: "it is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Perhaps he simply uses the “he loves me, he loves me not” technique while ripping off flower petals one-by-one, hoping he gets it right just in time for elections.