Yesterday, Jake Tapper from ABC, asked Robert Gibbs about Bill Clinton's support of gay marriage and why Obama doesn't.
Tapper: Former President Bill Clinton recently said that he's basically in support of same-sex marriage. "I think it's wrong," he said, "for someone to stop someone else from getting involved in same-sex marriage." Has President Obama heard these comments? Does he have a reaction? And why is Bill Clinton wrong about this issue?
Gibbs: Well, I'm not going to get into anybody's opinion -- I'm not going to criticize anybody's opinion, least of all a former President of the United States, on something like this. I am not clear whether the President has seen that. I don't know where that was from, so I don't know if the President has seen it.
But President Obama holds a different opinion?
Gibbs: President Obama holds the same opinion he has earlier today.
Which is that same-sex marriage is wrong.
Gibbs: He does not support it. He supports civil unions.
Why does he feel differently than President Bill Clinton?
Gibbs: Because they don't agree on the issue. (Laughter.) I've not obviously spent a lot of --
That's not really an explanation of why he feels differently. That's another word for it.
Gibbs: Well, I mean, I'm happy to -- I mean, I think the President has answered this question a number of times. I can't form a basis for why former President Clinton -- I've obviously not had a conversation with him on this issue, so I don't know what -- it's hard for me to compare some of this because I don't have the basis by which he's making that decision.
I don't know about those questions. It felt like Jack was saying Obama should think like Clinton and if Clinton supports it, then he should too.
Why do they hold different opinions? I'll give you 2
- Bill's not in office anymore, so he can say whatever he wants to.
- Bill is Bill and Barack is Barack?
Obama has always said he does not support gay marriage, but supports civil unions. We know that. It's nothing new; that what he believes.
But if Jake wants to know the deep, dark reason...he should just ask Obama himself.