Barack Obama yesterday on gay marriage:
“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,” he said. “But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents. And I care about them deeply. And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today.” – Pres. Obama
The only thing this looks like to me is that Pres. Obama is parading some perceived notion of morality for political reasons in a Tea Party atmosphere, because he’s afraid of what might happen if he’d actually make a comprehensible statement on the side of equal rights for all, including marriage.
Only a duplicitous politician of the first order would offer such drivel, while simultaneously saying he knows gay people in committed, monogamous relationships, raising children no less, who are also “wonderful parents,” but yet all he can reach to do is “think a lot about” them.
This is representative of Obama’s problem in general. The best we can get from this man is a lot of thought followed by more mulling that leads to interminable contemplation on the conclusion that “yes we can,” but just not right now.