Thursday, July 16, 2009

When is it a Crime to have a Different Opinion?

I wonder if Robert needs a hug after these press conferences.

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

  1. Bill's not in office anymore, so he can say whatever he wants to.
  2. Bill is Bill and Barack is Barack?
I guess I didn't get the point. Of course they will have different views. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS! Hell, Cylons had different views.

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.


Joy said...

That's some investigative journalism for sure, isn't it? LOL

EMikeGarcia said...

It seems he was trying to get a reason why President Obama feels gay marriage is wrong... And, you're right about your #1 reason, you can say how you really feel when you're not in office (Bill Clinton) or not running for office (Al Gore).

What's wrong with a supporter asking why Barack only supports Civil Unions? Because asking that question would make him have to say WHY gay marriage is wrong. Which he has not.

As far as your comment about Jake asking Obama himself, well, some have asked him and he his only answer is that he supports Civil Unions, which isn't an answer at all.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but, don't we all want to know why our President doesn't support full marriage equality? WHY he feels differently?

I respectfully disagree with the feeling that Jack was trying to say Obama should think like Bill Clinton, but merely trying to get an answer as to WHY he doesn't.

Ron Buckmire said...

The point is the PREVIOUS Democratic President opposed gay marriage, has now changed his opinion. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the current Democratic President how (or if) that event ha s had any impact on his views on the question of marriage equality.

Wonder Man said...

I can understand the question. It just seemed pointless. But it would be interesting to hear Obama's reason.

Anonymous said...

If you search YouTube you catch pre-candidate Obama being very supportive of gay rights in general, including marriage.

It's only since he ran for and won the office of President that he's taken on the civil unions tact.

In other words, classic politician.

Inspector Clouseau said...

I can’t imagine anything more important, to any entity’s efforts to solve its problems and improve itself, than having respect for the conflicting views of its constituent members, and being able to incorporate those varying views into an optimal solution or approach. Unfortunately, at least in the current political environment, I am concerned that this principle may not be in operation.

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