“I think David is mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue,” Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News published Tuesday.
Pres. Obama says he “always felt” gay couples should have equal benefits, he found it “frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there.”
“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Axelrod reports Obama telling him. Axelrod also claims it was the sensitivities of the black church that particularly concerned his advisers, warning him he could lose North Carolina, which in fact he did in 2012 after he came out for gay marriage.
Terry, Gov. Jindal pointed to Pres. Obama when he said he (Jindal) is not the kind of politician to “evolve” on a core moral issue when polls change.
Now Lifesite News is reporting on David Axlerod’s new book, in which an Obama adviser says:
Candidate Obama wanted to publicly broadcast his views during his campaigns for national office but was afraid the position – then radically unpopular – would end his chances of becoming president. Axelrod writes that campaign manager Jim Messina warned Obama that backing same-sex “marriage” could cost him the electoral votes of North Carolina.
Instead, both he and Hillary Clinton said they held to the traditional definition of marriage, although they supported “civil unions” for homosexuals.
During a 2008 debate, Obama told Saddleback Church megapastor Rick Warren, ‘I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.’
But Axelrod reveals in his new book that, after proclaiming his support for marriage at one campaign event, Obama dismissed his rhetoric as nothing more than a bout of ‘bullsh—ing.’
I was there at Saddleback that day when Candidate Obama lied. I remember how shocked and encouraged the audience of mostly evangelicals was to hear him say he supported “traditional” marriage.
Here’s one takeaway: Until a moral movement gets political – which means asking politicians to support specific legislation – it is easy to game people’s moral principles. Continue Reading