“Losing it” should be President Obama’s re-election slogan. In trying to clean up after loose lips Vice-President Joe Biden’s gay marriage fumble, President Obama looks like the master of an undisciplined operation that should be dubbed clueless in the White House. After Biden forced him into a corner after his Sunday May 6th Meet the Press appearance, Obama concluded now was the time to appease the gay lobby, rake in large campaign donations and declare his support for same sex marriage.
Demonstrating how desperate the mainstream media is to prop up Obama no matter he does, the Washington Post published a smear piece alleging Mitt Romney bullied a gay classmate in high school. This looks like a coordinated effort between the Post and the White House to distract Americans from Obama’s gay gaffe, which is beyond disturbing for a national news publication.
In his TV appearance Biden said unequivocally: “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women . . .are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” When the president of the United States repeatedly makes oblique statements that his position on gay marriage is “evolving” like a weather report, it is a PR disaster of the greatest proportion when the Vice President states just the opposite.
Within minutes of Biden’s blunder, senior White House adviser David Axelrod tweeted “What VP said — that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights — is precisely POTUS’s position.” Suddenly, Americans are confused because Obama, Biden’s boss, never stated a position on same sex marriage. Damage control ensued and a Biden spokesperson said that’s not really what joking Joe meant.
But the mess was only just beginning. Monday morning Education Secretary Arne Duncan jumped on the gay marriage bandwagon, saying he supported it too along with Joe. This bad idea to bring another Obama official into the gay marriage fracas was probably hatched by the White House to spin Joe’s comments as “personal views” rather than a policy position at odds with Obama. But when you are the Vice-President of the United States, the American people don’t view your opinion as personal.
Crystal Wright is author of the newly released book Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division. She is also the principal owner of the Baker Wright Group, LLC , a full service public relations firm, specializing in communications counseling, media relations, message development, media training and crisis communications. The firm’s approach is straight forward: an unvarnished approach to public relations.