Obama Publicly Affirms his Support on the issue of Gay Marriage: Election-grab or what?

 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, in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Whats your take on the news?

I am not suprised to see Barack Obama drawing media attention to publicly declaring his support for gay marriage.

Political elections specifically presidential ones, are strategically designed so that when support is at an all-time low, one of the top priority options is appealing to a new constituent group. This makes a lot of sense, but it is good for him to finally affirm his standing on this side of the issue.
Though his time as president is ending with the U.S in an even worse financial position, he was dealt a terrible deck of cards. My only hope (advice) is that the voting population base their votes on his decisions, making light of the circumstances of the state of affairs of the administration, when he took office.
The Bush Government did a terrible job running the country, and yes that was quickly apparent too, but many of the consequences of the decisions made by the Bush administration did not rear their head until President Obama took office.
Ron Paul seems to be the candidate with the best ‘plans.’
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