Is Hollywood influencing Obama campaign?
Debate continues over gay marriage shift
- Duration 4:14
- Date May 10, 2012
Debate continues over gay marriage shift
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-- now announcing his personal support for same sex marriage reversing his previous position.
Although the timing seemed rather awkward the president blaming it on vice president Joseph Biden who recently expressed his comfort -- gay marriage.
Something else may have been going on though behind the scenes.
Chris -- Walt -- Fox News digital politics editor in those two power play on foxnews.com.
Live Chris where does George Clooney.
Come into all of this -- Well I certainly he is among the whole category of people in the entertainment industry.
John that is very important based group for the president when it comes to fundraising for his very expensive reelection bid.
And dead mr.
Clinton is hosting.
A very fancy fund raiser tonight for the president.
Out in Southern California.
Did they may raise as much as fifteen million dollars because not only are the big shots from the studios and the stars going to come and give money.
But also they've been sort of rattling off a chance if you give small donation you can win a chance to go.
They've been doing the Obama campaign has been doing that so they've really -- this up.
I don't think it would be very easy for the president to go out to California and talked to this important group of donors were forking over all this money.
If he were still as -- like to say before you ball -- on the subject of gay mayor.
Right in this this dinner was supposed to take place at the home of David Geffen -- noted supporter of gay marriage and so forth.
It only got transferred I guess to George Clooney's mansion because Geffen was mentioned was under renovation so I hope they do a nice job there.
I happens to me all the time.
That the president seemed a little timid -- even when he decided to come out what that there was a lot of hemming and hawing and qualifications.
My personal decision and so forth.
When he made that statement.
Well yes look this is day.
This is not pay an epiphany this is -- rattled he is not all the way back to where he was.
Back in 1996 when he was running for office and filled out a questionnaire saying that not only was -- in favor of gay marriage.
And thought that it was a good idea but that he would fight against efforts to do it.
He's staked out.
Essentially the same position that Mitt Romney has except for he feels differently about it they both believe that the states should have the right to determine.
Who can get married and who can't get married in that state and determine those laws he's a Federalist on this subject.
And though he thinks that he I guess what he's saying is that he likes the fact that the District of Columbia where he lives.
Does have marriage for same sex couple you write that this was.
Awkwardly rolled out but our former colleague Major Garrett now writing at the National Journal says he thinks this was all very carefully crafted and calculated.
In an article that he titled.
Biden with the -- -- again dumb like a fox.
Here's what he wrote he said any day Obama can re direct the national conversation away from the economy.
Is a good day in Chicago and a bad day in Boston in other words everybody's talking about this.
And nobody's talking about Mitt Romney nobody's talking about how bad the economy it's.
Well I look I think third there is some truth in this but in politics you gotta be careful not to cut the baloney too -- The the truth of the matter -- is.
That on the hope maybe this is a watch for the president maybe he does get to attack Mitt Romney for.
What Democrats and gay marriage activists say is -- that you did stance against same sex couples.
Maybe that helps him in the suburbs maybe it helps with fundraising maybe it helps him did in fact to get the topic off of the economy which is certainly not -- -- wants -- to be.
But at the same time let's remember.
North Carolina just voted -- when he points -- in favor of above it very stringent ban on gay marriage.
That includes by my reckoning at least 35% of the Democrats who voted.
Voted for that very stringent law so this is not an an alloy -- victory this is not a the moment for -- boys maybe it's a watch maybe it's good and bad.
But you know I I think you have to be careful about reading too much into it.
That's going to be some convention in North Carolina when the president I'll tell you -- -- -- --