In his new book, David Axelrod admits that President Obama lied about his views on gay marriage in order to get elected in 2008. In particular, he wished to deceive black voters, whom he knew were largely opposed to gay marriage. Here’s the report from TIME Magazine:
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 bulls—-ing,” 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.
The insider’s account provides the clearest look yet at Obama’s long-established flip-flop, one of the blemishes on his record as a progressive. The admission of Obama’s embrace of deception also calls into question the President’s stated embrace of a new kind of politics in 2008, when he promised to be unlike other politicians who change their views to match the political winds. “Having prided himself on forthrightness, though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position,” Axelrod writes. “He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews.”
If Axelrod’s report is accurate, this is the worst kind of hypocrisy and cynicism. It would mean this. Not only did President Obama lie in order to get elected, but he also used his Christian faith as a pretense. He pretended to believe Christian teaching in order to make the lie credible.
As of today, he has done nothing to correct the record and repent of the lie. When he came out in favor of gay marriage in 2012, he claimed that he had changed his views, which would also be a lie if the Axelrod report is correct. It would mean that the President lied about what he believed, and then he lied about changing his views.
What kind of Christianity is it that pretends to believe the Bible for political gain and then denies the Bible when it is no longer politically advantageous? What kind of Christianity is it that trades in unrepentant lying? It is not the Christianity of the Bible, which means that it is no Christianity at all.
UPDATE: President Obama claims that “the notion that somehow I was always in favor of marriage per se isn’t quite accurate.” The Atlantic has a long article explaining the President’s “evolution”: “Yes, Obama Was Lying About Opposing Same-Sex Marriage.”