White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told members of the far left liberal faction of the Democratic party at their annual bitchfest called Netroot Nations, that questionnaires Obama filled out and signed back in 1996, expressing Obama’s support for gay marriage, weren’t really filled out by Barack Obama, just signed by him. (Video at the link)
The White House backed away from that explanation claiming that Pfeiffer simply wasn’t familiar with the situation nor the topic of the questionnaires, although they refused to address the issue at that time.
The White House should have bought themselves a second or two to think of how to spin Obama’s “evolving” stances on gay marriages but it seems their new explanation is just as offensive to gay activists as Pfeiffer’s attempt at spinning Obama’s evolution was.
In 1996, as a candidate for the State Senate in Illinois, Mr. Obama responded to a questionnaire from a gay newspaper. “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” Mr. Obama wrote, “and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
White House officials have said Mr. Obama was really referring to civil unions, which he does support. (On Friday, Mr. Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfieffer, caused a brief kerfuffle by telling a conference of bloggers that Mr. Obama had not filled out the forms himself; the White House later said he was mistaken.)
Supporters of gay marriage are not amused by the latest spin attempt: