Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

David Axelrod on election 2008: President Obama lied about gay marriage to win black vote

President Obama may have been called a liar by his critics, but now one of his former aides is outing the President over a lie about gay marriage, ahead of the 2008 election, to win the religious black vote.

In “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,” released Tuesday, David Axelrod claims Obama never “evolved” on same-sex marriage as the President has asserted, but

Axelrod from his new book: Obama lied

Axelrod from his new book: Obama lied

“Gay marriage was a particularly nagging issue. For as long as we had been working together, Obama had felt a tug between his personal views and the politics of gay marriage,” Axelrod writes.

“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union.'”

Obama started saying in 2010 that his views were evolving on the issue and in May 2012 Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, citing “the evolution that I went through.”

But privately, Axelrod wrote that Obama made no secret of his support for same-sex marriage.

“I just don’t feel my marriage is somehow threatened by the gay couple next door,” Obama said, according to Axelrod’s book.

In the chapter, in which he notes the “recurring tension between Obama the idealist and Obama the politician,” Axelrod writes that Obama’s public stance didn’t seem to sit well with him.

“Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position,” Axelrod writes. “He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews. ‘I’m just not very good at bulls—ting,’ he said with a sigh after one such awkward exchange.”

Axelrod’s book only confirms previous reports that Obama had, in fact, supported gay marriage for a long time.

While running for his first term in the Illinois State Senate, Obama signed a questionnaire in which he answered that he “favored legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight to prohibit such marriages.”

The questionnaire came to light in 2009, days before Obama’s inauguration.

“I had no doubt that this was his heartfelt belief,” Axelrod said of the questionnaire. “He also knew his view was way out in front of the public’s.”

David Axelrod photo Pete Souza

David Axelrod photo Pete Souza

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