David Axelrod, who ran both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, has confirmed what I said all along, that President Obama faked his opposition to same-sex marriage during the 2008 election because it was politically inconvenient for him to do so when the polls still showed that support to be a minority position.
David Axelrod, who served as a top White House adviser after helping Obama get elected, said Obama begrudgingly followed his advice that he would face strong opposition from African American religious leaders and others if he let it be known he supported gay marriage. He said Obama “modified his position” to say he supported civil unions — but not same-sex marriage.
“Having prided himself on forthrightness, though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position,” Axelrod wrote in the memoir “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” released Tuesday.
Axelrod’s disclosure affirmed what was widely suspected for years: that Obama’s May 2012 announcement that he supported gay marriage came long after the president had personally come to that conclusion. The year earlier, Obama and the White House had started saying his position was “evolving,” leading many to believe he was holding off on a public embrace of gay marriage for fear it could damage his re-election prospects.
“If Obama’s views were ‘evolving’ publicly, they were fully evolved behind closed doors,” Axelrod wrote.
This was quite obviously the case and it always amused me that anyone actually believed him when he said his views were “evolving.” Nonsense, his views were the same as they were when he supported marriage equality while running for the Illinois Senate more than a decade ago. What was evolving was public opinion.