He spoke out from his own wisdom without the direction of moneyed politicians.
Now, do you suppose he will take the lead on economic & political issues as well. Will he reveal the failure of doing business the old ways, take on election campaign money and shed the shackles put on him by money interests.
“What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens. Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.”
I wonder if he could say he has come to realize that politics as usual creates the spread between rich and poor and everyone loses in the process.
I hate to be so cynical but on this topic I really am. Personally I give Obama only a modicum of credit for finally showing some leadership on this most critical of issues. It’s my opinion that he only came out in favor of gay marriage when his handlers decided doing so was a smart political move. If Romney was more moderate there’s no way Obama would have done what he did yesterday. If he was really interested in helping the cause of marriage equality he should have spoken out before the vote in Norrth Carolina. As usual, this is another instance of a politician pretending to lead when they’ve made the calculation that leading now won’t cost them many votes.
I find it hard to believe that someone as intelligent as Obama could suddenly have an epiphany on an issue that has been a big part of the public discourse for almost an entire decade now. His previous opposition to gay marriage was a political stunt. His decision to support gay marriage now is a political stunt. Sadly we’ll never really know how Obama feels about gay marriage or most of the important issues of the day. Politicians do what makes political sense. In today’s climate telling the truth rarely is the sensible move.
I tend to agree with Jonathan. His promotion of gay marriage is, in my estimation, a grab for votes at the same time trying to box Romney into a corner. There is no way he will ever get the evangelical vote. That's a write off. However, the progressives and independents have not been that thrilled with him in terms of his cow-towing attempts to compromise with the intransigent right wing. Therefore, take a "bold" stand on an issue that over 50% of Americans support, and attempt to look like you're leading. He supported gay marriage in 1996 while running for the Illinois State Senate. Then, when running for US Senator in 2004, and President in 2008, he backed off that position, and only supported civil unions. Now, he's in a tight race for re-election, and he's back on the marriage bandwagon. I'll be more cynical than Jonathan and state that he is changing his position on this more times than a porn star in a double feature. If he didn't need to do this for votes, he would have stayed silent.
Politicians certainly do lie. In most cases, though, I think they lie because the average American really can't handle the truth.