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Obama Explanation of Gay Marriage Lie Doesn’t Square with the Facts

President Obama Tuesday sought to do some of his own damage control over the contention of his own political guru, David Axelrod, that Obama’s stance on gay marriage was a lie told to help him get elected president in 2008.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Obama said Axelrod was “mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue.” From the piece:

(Obama) disputed, however, the contention of his former top political adviser, David Axelrod, that he had misled voters in 2008 when he opposed marriage equality. Axelrod wrote in his new memoir that Obama “modified” his position because his aides worried about alienating black Christian leaders, and then complained that he didn’t like “bullshitting” voters about it.

“I think David is mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue,” Obama said. “I always felt that same-sex couples should be able to enjoy the same rights, legally, as anybody else, and so it was frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there.”

Obama said he believed at the time that civil unions were “a sufficient way of squaring the circle,” but that “the pain and the sense of stigma that was being placed on same-sex couples who are friends of [his]” changed his mind.

“I think the notion that somehow I was always in favor of marriage per se isn’t quite accurate,” Obama said. “The old questionnaire … is an example of struggling with what was a real issue at the time, which is, how do you make sure that people’s rights are enjoyed and these religious sensitivities were taken into account?”

So Obama is now claiming that he took the policy “position” against gay marriage – selflessly, actually – in order to find a way to accommodate those with religious sensitivities on the issue.

There are many reasons why this is yet more blatant dishonesty, making the whole matter even more deeply disturbing.

Obama could have said in 2008 that while he personally supports gay marriage, he opposes it on policy grounds because it is upsetting to people’s religious sensitivities. But that’s not what he said. Rather, he pretended he personally opposed gay marriage too.

Axelrod, who revealed the lie in his new book, said Obama admitted to him that he was “bullshitting.” Is that an inaccurate quote?

The White House and Obama also clearly led reporters to believe that Obama’s view on gay marriage was some kind of personal journey he was on, with Obama himself saying in December 2010, “My feelings about this are constantly evolving – I struggle with this.”

In 2008, Obama was crystal clear that it was his own view – not a policy position – that marriage did not include same-sex unions.

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama told Pastor Rick Warren in 2008. “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.

There is no equivocation. The president is now rewriting history to make himself look good.

Maybe he should receive a six-month suspension.

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33 Responses to Obama Explanation of Gay Marriage Lie Doesn’t Square with the Facts

  1. It’s nice to see Barry have to defend himself for a change.
    His credibility is sinking to new lows.

    Maybe Axelrod can get his school records released.

  2. Got a nice chuckle out of his contention that he did not like “bullshitting” people. What a load of bullshit, thats all he has done in the last six years and will continue to do; except now there are no more elections to win with lies and deceptions.

  3. It’s hard to believe that MrAxelrod is outing MrO’s “bull___” without prior approval.
    IMO, MrO gave his permission for the not-so-shocking revelation to give his book some pizazz.
    Nothing about the Os, he and she, is said, done, or photographed/videoed without a major PR vetting by their team.
    For instance, MrO didn’t just dream up the “high horse” attack on Christians at the most convienent Prayer Breakfast – he was advised to do so or planned it after his secret meeting with Muslim leaders who need some damage control of the bad PR they’re getting.
    It was in MrAxelrod’s advantage to claim MrO did something underhanded – he’ll sell more books, and the LGBT crowd are hearing that MrO loved them all along – no matter what he said.
    Phonys and charlatans, all.

  4. “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive!”–Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17

    This should the permanent slogan of the Obama administration.

  5. Obama told Pastor Rick Warren in 2008. “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.

    This is what really bothers me! He constantly referred to himself as a ‘Christian’. If it was true, there would be no need for him to continuously remind us…and himself. He is a heathen and only worships his own reflection.

    No that the last election is over, the mask is off. He doesn’t refer to himself as a Christian – he compares them to ISIS.

    Obama doesn’t have an honest bone in his body. Everything is contrived, including silly stuff like imitating Al Green. I read that he rehearsed that ‘impromptu’ imitation for weeks and weeks.

    • God is in the mix ???
      No, God is God,…there is no mix.

      That statement from him tells you of the level of arrogance he holds for himself.

      LGBT’s are an abomination to God, it says so in the scriptures.

      The Koran says to kill them, and they do.

  6. When it comes to Barry Obama, facts are funny things. If they get in the way of his current “message” they are quickly discarded, corrected, labeled as misspeaks, misstatements, misunderstandings or as a last ditch explanation it is the dumb American public that just doesn’t “get” Barry.

    • As per my comment above,…
      He said that God is in the mix,….like he can negotiate with GOD ?

      No, not really.
      He instead manipulates the idiots that still listen to him, and think that he is still the one that can restore all of the liberal/socialistic concepts they adore.

  7. the “good news” is I just did a google search and it seems like even the MSM is talking about this. not quite as sexy as the Brian Williams kerfuffle, or the Jon Stewart is leaving freakout, but it’s getting some press.

    are the MSM maybe finally starting to see that Obama is not the messiah? nah…