The Madeleine Brand Show for May 10, 2012

President Obama comes out in support of gay marriage

ABC News

A screen grab of President Obama as he announces his support of same sex marriage.

Yesterday, President Obama announced his support for gay marriage in a sedate, one-on-one, midday interview with ABC News. Although many supporters of gay marriage applauded the move, insiders speculate that his hand was forced due to Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments approving of gay marriage.

American University historian Alan Lichtman puts the announcement of President Obama in context of past Presidential declarations, like Franklin Roosevelt denouncing Hitler only after Kristallnacht in 1938, and John F. Kennedy's initial hesitance about supporting the civil rights movement.

Why did the President opt for a midday news interview instead of a grand, sweeping speech? Or at least a prime-time news conference? What could it mean for this year's election?

Guest:

Alan Lichtman, American University historian.


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