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10
Feb
15

A Tweet Or Two

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See, TV head honchos? When you have great representative story telling that reflects the diversity of our world today, you get HUGE ratings

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Paul Waldman: On Obama’s ‘Evolution’ On Same-Sex Marriage

In Obama adviser David Axelrod’s new book, he reveals that in 2008 the future president did indeed believe in marriage equality, but he was persuaded by Axelrod and others that it would be too risky to say publicly. So he took the standard Democratic position at the time, in favor of civil unions but against marriage rights. I imagine that exactly no one is surprised by this. And while it isn’t an excuse for deception, the decision should be understood in the context of that historical moment, The context of Obama’s falsehood is important to understand—both his own thinking and the reception his statements on the matter received.

In 2008, the Democratic Party was undergoing a rapid change in its approach to same-sex marriage, and the stated positions of almost every candidate were in flux. Four years before, when the issue exploded into national debate after the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized marriage equality (their ruling actually came down in late 2003),  Most of the presidential contenders came down in support of civil unions but against marriage rights, a position that just happened to be where the median voter was. By 2008, everyone seemed to understand that the position all the major Democratic candidates were taking was a temporary way-station on the path to an eventual embrace of full marriage equality. Nobody really believed that was where the party and its representatives were going to stay.

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06
Sep
14

Estonia To Wales: The Pete Souza Album

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President Barack Obama greets children of U.S. Embassy staff during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Swissotel Tallinn in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves review the troops during an official arrival ceremony at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves review the troops during an official arrival ceremony at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets U.S. and Estonian troops following remarks at the Tallinn Airport in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom visit a classroom where students are making collages and watercolor paintings with the theme “My Wales” at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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People line the street to see President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom ride together in the motorcade from Mount Pleasant Primary School to the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama visits Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, Sept. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he boards Air Force One for departure from RAF Station Fairford in Gloucestershire, England en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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22
Jul
14

The President and First Lady’s Day

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 President Barack Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; a job-training legislation which aims to help job seekers gain valuable employment skills, as guests and members of Congress look on at the White House

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Text of the President and Vice President’s remarks here

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In other important news today…

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President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

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26
Apr
14

Malaysia

@usembassykl: Pres. @BarackObama meeting with @usembassykl staff & American families in special meet & greet session

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Coming Up

1:15 AM EDT: President Obama and Prime Minister Najib Hold a Press Conference (Audio Only)

3:55 AM EDT: President Obama Participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Town Hall, Kuala Lumpur

White House Live

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President Obama tours the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur with the Grand Imam and Abdul Rashid Bin Md Isa.




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