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16th president of US (1809 - 1865)
From The NY Times, Poll Sees Obama Gay Marriage Support Motivated by Politics: Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes. Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought th...
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I don't get this. . .the polls have shown that all his swing states that he should really be prepping to win, are anti-gay rights. So how is "playing politics"? That's like playing monopoly and willingly selling the person who has Park Place the Boardwalk. If he was playing politics he would have kept his mouth shut as he was doing for the past 4 years saying that his views on marriage are "evolving".

In the end, it will probably cost him the election, and in that respect, I'm ok with that as I think he did the right thing. Being on the side of civil rights is worth it.
Perception is the name of the game, 2/3 of the voters see PERCEIVE that his just politicking - maybe he should have worked at getting it into the Democrat platform, something substantial as opposed to a personal 'statement'.
I am not sure how that would be considered any less "politicking" . . .but I would agree. He should fight for it being including in the party platform, and I think his personal statement about it goes a long way to show that it's ok to be pro-gay-marriage. Then again, if it is made into a full blown party platform, I am really curious as to where the republicans will find themselves in 4 years.