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“I Wasn’t Sure His Views On Marriage Could Get Any Gayer”
Speaking to the press and public in Iowa on Friday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), spoke out against President Barack Obama, who announced on Thursday that he believes "same sex couples should be able to get married."
The Tea Party freshman took an opportunity a day after the President's announcement to attack Obama with an arguably immature joke.
"The president recently weighed in on marriage," said Paul, and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage and you know call me cynical, I wasn't sure that his views on marriage could get any gayer"
The audience broke into hysteric laughter the moment Paul dropped the punchline, a crude pun drawing on the use of the word "gay" as a negative slang meaning lame or uncool. You can watch the video of Paul's joke here.
President Barack Obama made the historic statement, becoming the first U.S. president to endorse homosexual marriage, during an interview with ABC news anchor Robin Roberts.
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"For me personally," he said, "it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," adding that his daughters helped him come to this conclusion.
The setting for the televised conversation was intimate. Roberts and Obama sat with four other people in the Cabinet Room of the West Wing in brown leather chairs, framed by arched windows looking out onto the White House Rose Garden.
This was not Roberts' first face-to-face interview with the president. The journalist has a strong relationship with Obama and his administration, and was even the first person to score an interview with him after the 2009 inauguration.
This close relationship is likely the reason why the White House called ABC on Tuesday to request that Roberts administer this historic interview.
"The White House went with Robin because of her personal rapport, their friendship, the past interviews--but also her race, even her age," an ABC producer told Politico. "There is a very strong, very basic connection there."
Christians, African-Americans and the elderly have generally opposed gay marriage historically, so Robert's identity as a Black Christian may also help Obama's newly announced stance on gay marriage more acceptable to these demographics.
Robert is a veteran anchor on ABC's Good Morning America, and said she deeply appreciate being included in this historic moment. Later, she revealed to co-host George Stephanopoulos that she gets "chills" just thinking back to the conversation.
Click here for a full transcript of the ABC interview.
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