Obama: Biden Pushed Me on Same Sex Marriage

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This doesn’t really matter much in the big scheme of things, but it’s still sort of interesting. Apparently Joe Biden’s remarks this weekend about gay marriage had a bigger impact than we all thought:

“He probably got out a little bit over his skis, but out of generosity and spirit,” Mr. Obama said when asked whether Mr. Biden had “jumped the gun” by going first a few days earlier.

“Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way, in my own terms, without I think there being a lot of notice to everybody? Sure. But all’s well that ends well,” he said in the interview as it was broadcast on “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

Well, good for Joe. I’m a little surprised that his rather measured remarks actually had such a big effect on Obama, but apparently they did. It just goes to show the value of a bit of pressure in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

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