In another example of Barack Obama’s true character being revealed because he had no teleprompter to help him obfuscate his real sentiments, he said in an ABC interview that our soldiers were fighting on his behalf:
I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I 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.
Elliot Abrams, the former advisor to Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush, parsed the statement here, as well as tracing the history of how Obama has reversed course on the gay marriage issue whenever it suited his political needs.
The Obama campaign, which is getting used to covering for Obama’s lapses in judgment with immediate counter-statements, saw the Freudian slip and immediately released one of their intimate friendly emails wherein Obama poses as the reader’s close buddy. In it, they attempted to walk back Obama’s statement that our soldiers are fighting for him this way:
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry . . .
I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
It does make one look forward to the debates in the fall when Obama consistently puts his foot down his throat in live conversation. And it’s nice to know that the president feels he’s being protected by our troops. But with his attempts to cut the defense budget and his kowtowing before tyrants abroad, the question is, do our troops feel protected by him?