Someone posted this in a conversation elsewhere about the face politicians present to the voters vs the actual beliefs they hold (things like claiming a religion or moral position they don't actually believe in just to get elected, or supporting a lobby group they actually don't like, or the part that brought this comment up - Obama's insistence that marriage is one man, one woman).
I find it an interesting observation - do you think the private citizen Obama is more liberal minded than the facade he presents in the role of president?
Answer by Scuba at 10:30 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 10:36 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by SweetLuci at 10:38 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
He IS a politician so yes.
Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
His POV on gay marriage.
I think most President views change somewhat , or the action on them, due to the position they are in (to serve ALL) and the information they receive...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:42 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:43 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:51 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
I agree with YSK. It's all about getting elected / re-elected.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:53 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
I think when it comes to elected officials, the better ones realize that they are not in office to push a personal agenda. The fact is, too, that they don't hold all of the power, nor should they in a democratic republic. As we've all seen, anything that a politician says can and will be used against him or her, in and out of context, and come back to haunt him/her at some point. I'm surprised that any politician would utter a word in public about any personal thoughts on a subject for that reason alone. As far as the president is concerned, I think he is like most Liberals--and most Conservatives, for that matter. He leans toward the left on some issues, is more centered on others, and may even lean right on a few issues. Even Cheney, who is about as far right as one can get is starting to lean left on the gay marriage issue, for example. Few lean entirely in one direction or the other.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:31 AM on Feb. 4, 2011
It's all about getting elected / re-elected.
I'D SAY THIS APPLIES TO ALL POLITIICANS WHO ARE ABLE TO GET ELECTED. Those who are unable or unwilling to play the game can not get elected in our current system.
Answer by Sisteract at 12:00 PM on Feb. 4, 2011
Next question overall
does anyone else feel like they could just up and walk out?