Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in. On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuana , activists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience.
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Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008
Barack Obama Maintains He Evolved on Gay Marriage Despite Axelrod Book | Time
President Obama's references to same-sex marriage and the Stonewall riots in his inauguration speech were hailed by gay men and lesbians, who view them as a watershed in their quest for civil rights. It is believed to be the first time in U. Obama's mention of Stonewall -- a New York City bar that was the scene of violent clashes between police and gay people in -- stood out Monday. The president equated Stonewall to Seneca Falls, N.
Obama Says He Didn't Mislead on Gay Marriage
Frank James. Liz Halloran. The presidential election was supposed to be about the economy, and even with President Obama's historic decision to make it known Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage, that is still likely to be true.
But don't expect the president to use the occasion to flash his rainbow stripes in support of marriage equality. The president, who has opposed the unions, told reporters that while New York becoming the six, and largest, state to allow same-sex marriage last week was a "good thing," he believes the issue should be left up to the states. The position -- a new twist for Obama, who appeared to support legalizing the unions in , later opposed them, and recently said his views are " evolving " -- has rankled advocates who say the president is making a calculated political decision with an eye toward Would the president have thought it right to let the states decide on the issue of interracial marriage, or on whether or not women should be allowed to vote?