By Rick Klein | ABC OTUS News

May 09, 2012 – President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters.

“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,” Obama told Roberts.

FLASHBACK: In 2004, Obama Struggled to Explain Gay Marriage Views

Source: Fox Nation. Obama Flip Flops On Gay Marriage. 2012.


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  • Fox Nation: Obama Has Lost His Speaking Mojo

    Fox Nation: Obama Has Lost His Speaking Mojo

    May 09, 2012 – Barack Obama’s oratory skills may have helped him win the White House in 2008, but his speaking prowess could be a liability in this year’s presidential election, says Sam Leith, author of Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric From Aristotle to Obama. Rhetoric is central to democracy, says Leith. “You win elections by talking to people, by trying to persuade them, not only on what you’re going to do, but that you’re trustworthy.” And, he says, Obama talked his way into the Oval Office with “amazing speeches” that invoked Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., and he even beat out the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. “He just spoke better than everybody else,” says the former literary editor of the Daily Telegraph.

    But while the president’s cool, cerebral, professorial rhetoric was a welcome change after George W. Bush’s plain-speaking style, it is now drawing criticism for being too “high-style” and “detached” at a time when Main Street is hurting, says Leith.

    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/barack-obama/2012/05/09/obama-has-lost-his-speaking-mojo

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