But he might leave himself some “flexibility.”
Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker reporter, tweets this:
Politico’s Glenn Thrush floats the idea that it could happen as soon as today.
President Obama has an interview today with ABC’s Robin Roberts, which sources told the New York Times will be “wide-ranging.” And there’s no way, as this has become the major issue of this week’s news cycle, that the topic won’t come up within the first few minutes.
A quick recent history lesson: On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden was on “Meet the Press” and seemed to shift from the administration’s policy, personally endorsing gay marriage. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan followed on Monday. On Monday, the White House press corps made the major issue of the day, pounding Jay Carney with one question after another.
Now, Thrush reports, gay-rights groups are pushing the idea that Obama could flip tonight. Lizza also points to Obama’s Rolling Stone interview, which hints that he could endorse in time when he says that he is “not going to make news in this publication.”
But, as we detailed in this post of an example of why Obama has not yet come out with an explicit endorsement, that’s a little hard to believe. It’s also a little hard to believe that he would make such a major announcement on a network news interview and not in a major policy speech.
But if, in fact, Obama has “evolved” enough to make an explicit endorsement tonight — the night after a gay-marriage AND civil union ban passed in North Carolina — that would take a lot of you-know-what.
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