Biden apologized to Obama over marriage slip
May 10th, 2012
06:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Biden apologized to Obama over marriage slip

(CNN) - Two senior administration officials said Thursday that Vice President Joe Biden met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office Wednesday morning and apologized for putting Obama in a tough position.

The president responded to the apology by saying that he knew Biden was speaking from the heart, the officials said.

A spokeswoman for the vice president, Kendra Barkoff, also issued a statement Thursday: "The President has been the leader on this issue from day one. And the Vice President never intended to distract from that."

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Myviewis

    Biden was just being honest and had the guts to be honest unlike Obama. So Obama is not committing to changing the law and we have yet to see a Bill to change the law. Is Obama going to put a Bill to change the law nationally? Yes or No.

    May 10, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Richard

    What a crock of cr*p. The WH pulls the VP's strings. It was all a set up. Do those politicans in DC think the American people are that dumb? Obviously they do. Very Sad.

    May 10, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. al in memphis

    Mr. President, I acknowledged you as a gifted leader for whom I do not always agree. As Christians we should always respect that God has given every person the right to choose, even if that means not choosing that which is right. These choices have an impact on ourselves and society. There is a reason nature conducts itself in an orderly fashion of male and female. And before you call this old fashion thinking, the push for same sex acceptance and acknowledgement has been going on for thousands of years and has been apart of every generational society.
    What's different now is that it is impossible to have a conversation about this topic without having people run for the "hate bashing" topics. I will agree that there are extremes on both ends that do not know how to have a discussion and exchange ideas. However, the plan is not to have a discussion, because that might open the door to our conscience- and no law, political or religious figure, or public opinion can get us away from our own conscience. Man can only hope to drown out his right/wrong internal signal with the silence and acceptance from others.

    However, a person place in eternity is too important to let public opinion keep us from having the discussion.

    May 10, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Jack

    President Obama is the last word in elegance, intelligence and real class. If it was Prep-school bully Mitt, he'd get some of his aides to hold down his VP, cut his hair (if he isn't already bald) and then fire him. 4 MORE YEARS!!!

    May 10, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. amf140

    And just think: Biden is one heartbeat away and, at one time, Nancy Pelosi was two heartbeats away. Heaven help us. And Sara Palin would not have been better than Joe Biden?????? Come on.

    May 10, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. iBod

    Well, duh! Who would have expected the damn media to go power-hungry over how the President felt about the issue after his Vice President - in a separate interview, mind you - expressed his own personal opinion about the matter. It wasn't Biden who pushed Obama over the edge; it was the Media!

    No offense, either way. I support them both; and have no hard feelings for Biden. He's a great guy! Great Vice President! Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 10, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    I read that in 1996 Obama supported gay marriages then in 2004 he said he supported marriage between a man and woman and now he said he was evolving towards gay marriage. I'm confused, why would he need to evolve if he supported this in 1996? And is he going to push a bill to change the law nationally? Is one thing to say you support something but it is another thing to do something about it. Is Obama going to fight to change the law?

    May 10, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. CBR

    Vice President Biden may have gotten the President to answer sooner rather than later.
    They are both sharing their personal opinions about gay marriage. This is something a President is expected to do. He is demanding others to follow his lead. However, all citizens of the USA should have the same rights and privileges. Those who have decided that marriage is between a man and woman may still believe that. They just do not have any more say than those who support same-sex marriage. Each should be allowed as a free choice. No one person has the right to take away rights of others in the name of religion or anything else.

    May 10, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. urthat

    What is the surprise? VP Biden often puts his foot in his mouth!

    May 10, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. loverdude

    Speaking from the heart means you are saying how you truly feel and is admirable. pres. obama respects that. Everyone should do so. So we know where they stand.

    May 10, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Ramesh Shrestha

    Harness your mouth, old Joe.

    May 10, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. jkex

    Why does Biden need to apologize for offering a personnel opinion? Cheney had a similar opinion eight years ago, and no apology was rendered then.

    May 10, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. NameL J McKenzie

    I am for the president ,don't agree with the anouncemet,my question is God a fool or real?

    May 10, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. DENNA

    Personally, I thnk he did everyone a favor. I am not gay, but I support gay marriage and it is high time that it is addressed. The Republicans need to be made aware that gay people and their supporters vote too and right now, Romney is not looking good to us. By accident or design, President Obama has take a stand for decency. Thanks to both him and Joe Biden for that.

    May 10, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    We love you both....

    May 10, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    Both of you are in a tough spot in a wrong decision and the wrong time to do it.
    Shame on you, Biden. You ran for President TWICE, 2008 and 1988. EXACTLY 20 YEARS. How could thou?

    May 10, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Grow up already...

    So who fed David Gregory the question? Seemed to come from nowhere...

    May 10, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Kc

    Too little too late, next time you should think before you talk Biden.

    May 10, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Panagiotis Dragonas

    This and the abortion issues continue to obstruct the serious issues confronting the electorate. It a senseless issue on the stage of what and who we need to keep America strong. Cheap politics.

    May 10, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    YOU started the fight. YOU END IT.

    May 10, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. d richens

    Why They Would Disclose This Apology Is Beyond Me. The Correct Decision On This Subject Has Been Finally Stated. Gay Marriage Should Have Never Been An Issue Inthe First Place. The Evangelicals Who Will Vote For Romney Are So Brainwashed Into Thinking Everyone Should Be Them Will Watch Him Break Apart Our Country, Eliminate The Middle Class(which Obviously Most Of Them Are A Part Of) And They Would Thank Him For It. Let's All Just Be Thankful There is Enough Free Thinking People And Romney Will Never Get That Chance.

    May 10, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Get Real

    LOOK at this guy; and you voted for him for VP rather than Palin. Not saying she was a great choice either but really! Surely she would have been abetted choice. And another thing, about Obama's "evolving", perhaps in a few months he will evolve a little more and say he's all for beas tia lity.

    May 10, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. Get Real

    correction: a better choice

    May 10, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Gotta love Joe Biden. He speaks for the compassionate working person.

    May 10, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Al

    They both offered their PERSONAL thoughts, it does not mean that every state has to honor his personal thoughts, after all Obama is correct that it's the states that have the final say, and by that it's the voters of that state that have and should have the final say. I'm sure that there will be states that will say no, and some that will say yes, and everyone needs to respect that and do their thing accordingly as the people accept or not.

    May 10, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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