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October 26th, 2012

Obama’s Embrace of Gay Marriage Undermines His Attacks on Romney

By Craig Robinson

While in Davenport this week, President Obama talked to the assembled crowd about the importance of trust. The President said, “There is no more serious issue on a presidential campaign than trust. Trust matters.” President Obama launched into to his lecture on trust after a lengthy attack on Mitt Romney.

Calling out to the crowd, the President said, “Iowa, you know me. You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say.” Being next-door to his home state of Illinois, Obama mentioned that there are people in the crowd who have been following him since he ran for the U.S. senate. “You know what,” the President asked, “You can take a videotape of things I said ten years ago, twelve years ago, and say, ‘Man, this is the same guy. Has the same values. Cares about the same people.’”

There is just one problem with the President’s claim. It isn’t true.

In the midst of the 2008 general election, both Obama and Senator John McCain participated in a candidate forum at Saddleback Church with the highly respected Pastor Rick Warren, the author of A Purpose Driven Life.

In the forum, candidate Obama was asked by Pastor Warren to define marriage. Obama said, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

Pastor Warren then asked Obama if would support a constitutional amendment with that definition. “No, I would not,” he answered. When pressed why not, Obama explained, “Because historically, we have not defined marriage in our constitution. It’s been a matter of state law. That has been our tradition.” Obama further explained his position by saying, “I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.”

Obama’s belief that marriage is between a man and a woman was only good enough for his first presidential campaign. Last May, Obama reversed his position and said that he supported gay marriage. On Thursday, the Associated Press reporter that President Obama is now going to publically back gay marriage ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland and Washington.

Maybe the President shouldn’t be daring people to go check the tape. Not only has the hope and optimism he campaigned on in 2008 vanished and turned into petty attacks on his opponent, but he has also reversed his position on something as fundamental as the definition of marriage.

It seems disingenuous for President Obama to disparage Romney by creating terms like “Romnesia,” when he himself suffers from the same ailment. While Obama blasts Romney for misleading voters, the tape that the President begged people to check shows him not only pulling a fast one on Americans, but also lying to the very pastor who prayed at his inauguration.

Americans deserve better.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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