December 20th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
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TRENDING Is America ready for a gay prez? White House isn't weighing in

(CNN) – The White House isn't weighing in yet on a recent interview with Jimmy Carter during which the former president proclaimed America is ready for an openly gay president.

"I haven't asked," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters when questioned about whether President Obama agrees with Carter's recent comments.

An incredulous reporter pressed: "You mean to tell me that nobody talked to the president here about Jimmy Carter's comments. It hasn't come up?"

"I mean to tell you that nobody I know of has talked to the president about Jimmy Carter's comments," Gibbs replied.

Carter's initial remarks came last week in an interview with the website "The Big Think," during which he was asked if a substantial number of Americans would vote for a gay president.

"The answer is yes," he said. "I don't know about the next election, but I think in the near future. Because step by step, we have realized this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. jeff, alabama

    I'll tell you who's ready
    for something.......
    Jimmy Carter is ready
    for a rest home....
    And has been for 20 years.

    December 20, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. bettyboop33

    America has been ready, it is a handful of bigots that are not. Sexual orientation cannot and does not determine competence or incompetence.

    December 20, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. knez011

    Jimmy Carter – the biggest idiot that ever inhabited the WH. I won't even call him the worst president ever – the same morons that elected Obama had elected this NUT over Gerald Ford – a decent, humble man who had pardoned R. Nixon just to bring peace to the country. Speaking of rebound. Incredible...

    December 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Dave

    Unfortunately, the answer is "no" and it will be for a long time. A gay candidate could have all of the knowledge and experience that the job needs, but won't get a fair shake based on bigotry. When it comes right down to it, there are far too many knuckle-dragging idiots in this country...

    December 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. NC

    Why not? Republicans thought we were ready for a senile old man and a wind- up toy in 2008.

    December 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. sloan

    Did this idiot, Carter, compare racial equality to sexual perversion ?
    This nut of an ex weak President needs to fill his mouth with some
    of his own home grown peanuts and shut up.

    December 20, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Does Gibbs want to weigh in on the possibility of a Mormon Prez? I doubt it. But America is absolutely ready.

    December 20, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Amazing

    They need to work an a cure for this genetic defect, rather than promoting it as a normal condition. I'm only using their own words, "they were born this way," and they themselves say it is a genetic defect. So spend your time finding a cure rather than pushing it into everyone's face as a "normal" condition.

    December 20, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Jimmy Carter is such an embarrassment to this country. He epitomizes the looney left. He was a mega-disaster as President and has only gotten worse since leaving office. Between him and Obozo, they have the title of worse American President safely in hand.

    This country DOES owe them some thanks though. Without their ignorant statements, most of America would not know these sorts of dangerous leftists inhabit this country and work for its downfall.

    December 20, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. buddyroe,ny

    A gay as president ?
    Maybe a gay as Head cook, Head waiter, Head interior designer,Head usher,
    Head nurse, Head seamstress, Head hair designer, or even HEAD MASTER.
    But never, ever a gay president of these United States. I doubt the voters
    have slid that far down yet.

    December 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Monster Zero

    Jimmy Carter...I am speechless at the insane stupidity of this remark, America overwhelmingly voted to keep marriage between one man and one woman yet Carter thinks America would elect a gay President? Earth to Jimmy, Earth to Jimmy, come in Jimmy, put your helmet back on and get some oxygen Jimmy...

    December 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Why not a gay President? We had a village idiot from 2001-2009, didn't we?

    December 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Big George in Big D

    Are you joking? Really? Really? These people that stayed in closets that all of a sudden found their mouth and demand "their rights"???? President? really? That would be worse than what we have now@!!!#R@$

    December 20, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. John Bonds

    Really CNN? Are we trying to be more childish than our elected officials? is saying Prez somehow reserved for gay people? I am sure the word 'President' would have worked just fine instead of Prez. Or would it?

    December 20, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    Why is it that as soon as we get the FIRST African American president elected, CNN and all other medias feel that ANYTHING is possible now!!! Gays, Atheist, the PA'IN??? Come on Now! Why is it necessary for us to judge what a person is BEFORE we feel he/she is qualified??????

    I guess 40 years from now all of this nonsense going on now will be in the past and the people of the future will try to figure out what took it so long!!!! Jeez!

    December 20, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't matter what the orientation of the person is. There will be someone who dislike the person for some reason. The question is: will the person do a good job as president and be a credit to the country. Could this person advance the interests of the country to help us as a country survive and prosper? If the answer is yes, then we get into more detailed questions. Technically, if the person was born here and over the age of 35, then they technically could be president if they get all the votes.

    December 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. rachel

    I thought we were ready for a female president, turns out I was wrong.

    December 20, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    Uh, I think we already had one, MR CARTER, and that didn't turn out too well, did it?

    December 20, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Riiiiight. JImmy needs to take his Namenda. Amurika wasn't ready for a black POTUS. And after watching the racism-laced religion-fueleed right wing hissy fit over the past 2 years, including their unhinged blather about repealing DADT, I simply can't imagine that Amurika is even remotely ready for a gay COMMANDER IN CHIEF. Half of them couldn't even tolerate gay people being willing to sacrifice their lives to defend this country and our ideals, so no, Jimmy, you're having a senior moment.

    December 20, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Sy2502

    America was BARELY ready for a black president. I doubt they are ready for a woman president. Gay president is definitely far in the future.

    December 20, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. scoto

    Gay President? Possible. Bald short President? Forget it.

    December 20, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. brenhend

    You may not like what ex-President Carter said, but the truth of the matter is that he is RIGHT. He's very intelligent and realistic.

    As far as having a GAY POTUS, it is possible that we already have...and did not know it. Who cares?

    Let's MOVE ONE to address the bigger issues facing this country.

    December 20, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. ed

    supposedly we have already had a gay president. James Buchanan the only bachelor president supposedly had a male companion.

    December 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. rkm63

    Maybe, in about 50 years. LOL Jimmy Carter is senile!

    December 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. clutzycook

    Are you serious?! The GOP is still trying to wrap their minds around the concept of a bi-racial/African American president. Can you imagine the noise the religious right would make should a gay president get into office? I don't think I wanna be anywhere near that fan when the you-know-what hits it.

    December 20, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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