Open Thread: Shep Smith Says Republicans are on the Wrong Side of HistoryPosted: May 9, 2012 Filed under: Barack Obama, open thread, Team Obama, U.S. Politics | Tags: equality, Fox News, LGBT rights, michelle obama, same-sex marriage, Shepard Smith 31 Comments
I wonder how much longer Fox Noise is going to put up with Shep Smith?
After Obama’s announcement today that he supports the right of same sex couples to marry, Fox News went on the warpath, according to New York Magazine. However:
Shep Smith was not shy on-air about his agreement with the president’s stated belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. “The president of the United States, now in the 21st century,” Smith said dryly after airing Obama’s historic announcement. He then asked Fox host Bret Baier, with some attitude, if the Republicans would dare make marriage equality a campaign issue “while sitting very firmly, without much question, on the wrong side of history on it.”
Reuters has more details on Obama’s statement.
Senior administration officials indicated that Obama – who had walked a fine, politically sensitive line in supporting gay rights but not gay marriage – decided earlier this year to support same-sex marriage.
They said he initially planned to announce his change in position for such marriages before the Democratic National Convention in September.
On the President’s reasons for making the announcement now,
The officials acknowledged that Biden’s comments had moved up that timetable and said the president was not upset at Biden over his remarks….
Obama told ABC that his daughters were an influential factor and that his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, shared his views.
“You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,” Obama said. “There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents, and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently.”
I agree with Shep Smith. Obama is on the right side of history now.