Former political strategist David Axelrod claims in his new book “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics” that during President Obama’s 2008 campaign, he lied about his stance on gay marriage.
In his book, Axelrod claims that Obama actually supported gay marriage from the start, but while he was campaigning, his team thought it best for him to oppose gay marriage and back civil unions instead. After an event during his campaign, however, Obama allegedly made clear to Axelrod his true feelings on the issue.
“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Obama allegedly told Axelrod after publicly stating that he opposed same sex marriage at the federal level.
Axelrod explains that he actually helped convince Obama to conceal his true beliefs on gay marriage because, at the time, many more people were against it rather than for it.
“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’” Axelrod confessed.
Eventually, in 2012, Obama spoke out publicly in support of gay marriage and was the first sitting president to openly back federal marriage rights for gay people. At the time of his groundbreaking announcement, Obama said that he had undergone an “evolution,” but Axelrod claims that the POTUS had already fully evolved before his first election even took place.
“The president was champing at the bit to announce his support for the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed,” Axelrod wrote, “and having watched him struggle with this issue for years, I was ready, too.”