David Plouffe: Book's Account of Obama Gay Marriage Position Is Wrong

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Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:14 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Former Senior White House adviser David Plouffe says that author Jo Becker's account about how President Barack Obama moved to support gay marriage is wrong.

Becker wrote in her book "Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality," that Obama did not plan to change his position on gay marriage before his second term, but that his hand was forced by events.

Some have concluded from Becker's account that Obama's decision was not authentic, but that it was a calculated decision crafted by "elite political strategists."

"The president made a decision that he was ready to 'fully evolve' and announce his support for marriage equality," Plouffe told blogger Andrew Sullivan. "So the only question was when and how to announce in 2012 he would be the first president to support marriage equality, not whether to."

He called Becker's book "decidedly inaccurate."

Becker also says that when Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support for gay marriage in 2012, it created a mess in the White House because it went against the president's official position at the time.

Plouffe says Obama was planning on announcing the change in his position "within a week or two. So it might have sped it up by a matter of days, if that."

The former adviser admits to there being some truth to Becker's account, which includes Plouffe being involved with the best way to move forward following Biden's gaffe.

"I will confess to being exercised because this was a historic moment and I wanted that to be the focus, not why we were doing it or how the timing was forced," he said.

Plouffe said Obama "understood that this would be a historic moment and years from now ... all that mattered would be the words he spoke."

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