Looking for the latest effort by the White House to take attention away from the economy and put it squarely on social issues that rile up the American people but in the end have little impact on their day-to-day lives? Well, you need look no further than President Obama finally "evolving" and deciding that he now supports gay marriage - at least on a personal level. But wait...wasn't that his position waaaaaaay back in 1996? Surely this President wouldn't flip flop to whatever position would score him the most political points, would he?
"Could this president be any more ridiculous? It's sad. I feel bad for the president of the United States," Glenn said at the start of the show.
Yesterday, The President told ABC's Robin Roberts, "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."
So what does this mean? Pretty much nothing as Obama makes no commitment to any actual action.
Stu explained, "The left uses that excuse all the time: I'm personally against it but I'm not changing the law is what ‑‑ that's what they're doing. He's saying 'I'm personally for it' but he's not committing to changing the law. He's not putting a bill up to change it nationally. He's trying to walk some weird line in between exciting his base and not really pissing off whatever support he has."
"I think what he's trying to do is get the credit for being a civil rights champion, without being a civil rights champion. He doesn't have the courage of Martin Luther King," Glenn argued.
Glenn said that rather than take any action, Obama has maintained that this is a state issue, not a federal one. The stance is curious considering he has taken the opposite stance when it comes to healthcare.
"You're, according to Barack Obama, born that way. So there's no way you can escape it. You're born that way. Okay. That's a states' issue? But something that you're not endowed by your creator like healthcare, that's a federal issue?" Glenn wondered.
Glenn noted that maybe, after the election, the pressure for him to take action will force him to do something. But until November 2nd, Glenn doesn't think he's actually going to do anything that might risk his chances of winning. Obama has made it clear that while he supports gay marriage, his position is simply a personal one.
Glenn then ran through Obama's history on gay marriage, stating that in 1996 that Obama said on a disclosure form that he supported gay marriage, but in 2004 claimed that he believed marriage was only between a man and a woman. Then he said that his position was "evolving", leading him to come out yesterday with his support for gay marriage...which was the same position he had in 1996.
Did you follow that?
More evidence is coming out that this was nothing more than a shameless campaign stunt to begin with. Reports from CNN suggest that he was planning to reveal this right before the DNC convention, but Biden's gaffe on Meet The Press caused him to speed up the process. Meanwhile, he immediately sent out a letter to donors announcing his "evolved" position and revealed a spiffy new poster (see below).
Glenn joked that the days of Jay Carney dodging the question on "gay marriage" must have been a result of waiting for these awesome posters to get printed.
But hey - why does it matter anyway? In this economy, gay, straight, polka dot, or whatever, it's harder than ever to get a job let alone the house to move in afterwards. Let's face it, The President will do anything to get us to talk about something else.