In last Friday’s The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg described President Obama’s approach to the abortion issue:
“In nearly four months in office, President Obama has pursued a careful two-pronged strategy on abortion, enacting policies that secure a woman’s right to the procedure while vowing to move beyond the culture wars that have divided the nation on the issue for more than three decades.”
This description is astonishingly candid, and it is no compliment to the President. Notice that Obama’s strategy has two parts: enacting and vowing. Essentially, she is saying that President Obama supports policies that are substantively pro-abortion, while adopting rhetoric that makes it sound as if he’s not taken a side in the old culture war. Yet by supporting the status quo of abortion-on-demand, Obama has in fact taken a side. If Stolberg is correct (and his speech at Notre Dame would suggest that she is), then Obama’s “two-pronged strategy” is in fact a case study in hypocrisy. He is simply saying one thing and doing another.