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White House: Obama Lied About Gay Marriage

In one of the most shameful and startling moments I’ve ever viewed in 17 years covering the White House, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday casually acknowledged that President Obama had been lying all along when he said as a candidate in 2008 and as president that he opposed gay marriage.

Obama, as you probably remember, publicly announced his support for gay marriage in 2012 – and then only after Vice President Biden had announced his. For years he had said he opposed it, but since early in his presidency he had claimed his views were “evolving.”

The revelation of deceit was made by David Axelrod in his new book, as first reported by Time. Earnest said Axelrod’s characterization of the nakedly political lie “is not one that I would disagree with or quibble with.”

Doubling down, Earnest even tried to portray Obama as courageous on the issue:

“When the president made his first public comments indicating his support for gay couples to marry, that was viewed as a pretty controversial political stand,” Earnest said.

I guess maybe shameful is the wrong word. Because there is no shame anymore.

Axelrod wrote:

Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union’ . . .

If Obama’s views were ‘evolving’ publicly, they were fully evolved behind closed doors. The president was champing at the bit to announce his support for the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed — and having watched him struggle with this issue for years, I was ready, too.

Remember, Obama didn’t just say he opposed gay marriage. He invoked God and Christianity as the rationale.

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama told Pastor Rick Warren in 2008, in Warren’s church. “Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix,” Obama said.

Of course, we all knew he was lying. I wrote about it and did the unfashionable thing in Washington of calling the president a liar. I don’t like doing that. But I try to tell the truth.

But to hear it so blandly admitted is very chilling. This republic was founded on the assumption that men of honor could be found to lead it. It can’t just survive on written rules and laws.

That there has often been lying and corruption at the top levels of our government is certainly true. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a deception done by a president in such a bold, unnuanced, and cynical way. Even Bill Clinton, who broke new ground with respect to presidential dishonesty, at least felt compelled to try to technically tell the truth.

But what could be wrong with what Obama did? After all, on the Left, the ends are so exalted, that the means are always justified. And in this case, what end could be worthier than electing Obama president?

None of our leaders who did this type of thing in the past ever acted like it didn’t matter. That’s what we have now. A new low, and a new precedent has been set. It is a very frightening thing.

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35 Responses to White House: Obama Lied About Gay Marriage

  1. WTF does it matter? Obama has found more convenience in lies than most. I am a gay woman and I never have believed a word he has said about anything. BTW – I am still a registered Dem. Hear that IRS?

  2. And by the way (O/T) if anyone in the media had listened to Darrell Waltrip’s keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast, they would have discovered where President Obama’s remark containing the word “high horse” entered his stream of consciousness.

  3. He will do anything and everything to achieve his goals. He lies with impunity – one of the warning signs of sociopath. He has no conscience – a sure sign he is a sociopath.

    Since he received all of his early training and education in Indonesia, he probably never heard about George Washington and the cherry tree.
    He will always be known as the ‘Liar-in-Chief’. Such a great role model!!!

  4. Keith: You nailed it two and a half years ago.

    Senator Joe Wilson very publicly nailed it at four and a half years ago.

    The coffin of truth: Obama has nailed it repeatedly.

  5. All this revelation gets is a great big shrug and a ‘what else is new’.
    We knew next to nothing about his background other than some PR churned out by his campaign. No real background vetting, no real information about his time in school, but a massive coordinated shove for his candidacy by the corrupted leftist press.

    He lies, he lies about everything and nothing.
    There are millions of people in America that believe he was born in Kenya, that he is a Muslim, a gay, and a secret communist/socialist who means to do as much harm to us as he can get away with.
    So, he lied about gay marriage, pfft. That was nothing compared to the lies that hurt millions of people when he told them they could keep their doctor, their insurance policy, and their medical costs would go down.
    He lies.

    • “secret communist/socialist who means to do as much harm to us as he can get away with.”. Well said, srdem. That’s exactly what scares the he!! outta me….

    • You said it. The major consequence of his lies is the millions of Americans that he has hurt.

      Everyone fibs and lies, but we don’t expect our president to make a habit of it.

      How can we believe anything that he says? What’s his religion, where was he born, etc?

      Worst yet, all of his lies are covered by his minions with spin, word parsing, and avoiding questions.

      The question that will be asked after he leaves office: how did this guy ever get elected president?

  6. This id the illegitimate grandchild of Bill Clinton’s “But I didn’t inhale (wink, wink)”. That’s when it became acceptable for presidents to lie openly, “You know I’m doin’ it, so what’s the big deal!!”. Well, it SHOULD have been a big deal then, and it certainly IS a big deal now!!!!

    • And apparently the rationale is, “It’s SO important for me to get elected so I can rule over you ignorant schmucks that it’s OK for me to say ANYTHING that will distract you from discovering my REAL agenda”!

    • I’m tired and I’m going to go to bed. When I wake up in the morning Ronald Reagan will still be President and my bladder will still hold 3 quarts!! ‘Night all!!

  7. Obama is taking a back seat to the Brian Williams ‘suspension’ news tonight. Wonder if any pundits will have the temerity to start pointing the finger at Obama and his whoppers.

    Williams only reports the news; Obama IS the news. Who is the bigger liar??? And why has NBC refused to carry so many of the negative Obama stories?

    Obama’s BIG LIES have ‘fundamentally transformed this country…for the worse. Why is he getting away with it??? Much of it is due to bad actors like Brian Williams.

  8. Oh, but now Barack Insane Obama is pushing back against Axelrod’s claims:

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-disputes-aide-david-axelrods-gay-marriage-085901692–politics.html

    Obama disputes aide David Axelrod’s take on gay marriage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide’s view that Obama feigned opposition to gay marriage out of concern it could hurt him with voters.

    Former Obama strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book that Obama modified his public position to say he supported civil unions but not gay marriage. Axelrod says that was because his political advisers told him supporting gay marriages could hurt him politically.

    But Obama told BuzzFeed News in an interview posted late Tuesday night that Axelrod is “mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue.” He added that it isn’t accurate to say he always favored gay marriage.

    Obama indicated his support in a 1996 questionnaire before backtracking years later. Then he came out in favor of gay marriage in 2012.

  9. Comparing Obama to Brian Williams is like comparing apples to oranges, yet it’s strange that one liar is being disciplined while the other liar goes unpunished. If only the MSM would report Obama’s lies as they’ve done with Williams it might make a few lo-fo’s take notice.

  10. It is irrefutably established that Aka Obama is a liar.

    So tell me, please, how is it that ANYONE believes the lies “Obama” spewed about his family of origin?

    Why – with all the contradictions, inconsistencies, fake photos, forged records, and concealed records – could ANYONE accept that he is who he claims, and comes from where he claims to come from?

    His identity documents are forensically proven forgeries. If you really care about America, you’ll take the time to study this document – and share it with others.

    http://montgomeryblairsibley.com/COLBObama.pdf