The kindest word we’ve got for what happened at Saddleback Church in 2008 when Pastor Warren spoke with Barack Obama is “duped.” “Lied to” works well too. Here’s the clip.
There were two giveaways in that clip, one dates back to 1996.
As a state senate candidate in 1996, Obama filled out a questionnaire saying “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Pastor Warren obviously didn’t do his homework.
The second was this.
“God’s in the mix.”
Huh? “In the mix”? How about something like “marriage is a union between a man and a woman, ordained by God.” “God’s in the mix” is simply an off-the-top-of-his-head snippet he threw in to mention “God.” And the “as a Christian” part. Ick.
Maybe we’re just a little more worldly than Pastor Rick, or maybe he was naive (again, putting it nicely) but we knew at the time that was absolute bullshit.
Our opinion has been affirmed by none other than David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political strategist.
Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.
“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Obama told Axelrod, after an event where he stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, according to the book.
Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “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 writes.
Actually Mr. President, that’s about all you’re good at.