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    When you talk about this in ten years, nobody will care. During the presidency of Obama...  And his statement will most likely be used in historical context to demonstrate the position of the nation, as a whole.  

    A history text covering this issue will no doubt feature his commentary as indicative of the changing status of gays in America, along with the changing opinion of the electorate, as a whole.  

    The other thing to consider is the context of being a politician.  When politicians immediately change a view, they are considered flip floppers. However, Obama and his team probably saw that there was no way to avoid the historical change with respect to gay Americans.  They would be required to deal with it in one way or another.  

    As a  political move, the way it was presented by him and his team was wisely done.  

    He was able to say, in one statement, that he was interested in learning more about the issue, and that the new things he learned might be the cause for change.  

    That immediately gave him political cover to wait for a while, and then to make the change public.  

    Would you say that it is just as likely that Obama already agreed privately with the rights of gay people to marry, but he saw that the political consequences of an immediate about face from previous statements would make him appear like someone who is weak under pressure from interest groups?  

    Additionally, while people may not appreciate Obama's tendency to make statements that appease some kind of middle ground voter, it has also worked for him to accomplish quite a bit as a politician.  It's hard to see his political achievements without acknowledging that he is very astute, politically.  And, he's a politician.  It's a skill, and you want the guys who are supposed to represent your wishes to do so with competent political acumen.  


    by otto on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:21:42 PM PDT

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