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. Evan M. Williamson

    I'm sure that we've already had a gay president. It's not like there has been a huge increase in the number of gay people over the last quarter century, more are just willing to admit it.

    December 20, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Mike, Albany

    As much as people probably do not want to face it, the fact is that America is an incredibly bigoted country. Look at how Obama has been treated. We are not ready for a gay president, although I would like to think that we were, especially if that person were clearly qualified for the job. I expect people living on the west coast and the northern east coast would not have a problem with a gay candidate, but sadly, the rest of the country is a big, desolate land of bigotry and ignorance.

    December 20, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Bob

    Why would we be surprised from a man that said thinking about cheating on your wife is the same thing as doing it. I believe this has been a Gay ole year. A big push to try and convince us that sexual deviant behavior is fine and that we should all get behind it (pun intended). It did not work and will never work. Gays will always be looked at just like they are.....strange and nasty!

    December 20, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Jill American

    During the last election we saw first hand how the first black man running on a ticket was treated and, worse, we saw how Hillary was dismissed because she was a woman. And that even came from the first black man running on ticket (the shoulder brush for one). So, the answer, unfortunately is no. Too much hate.

    December 20, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. B

    What in the Hell does gay have to do with being a service member or President.. This country has to grow up some day as it has started to with race and gender issues. We really need to realize that this country was founded on freedom for ALL, not just white, rich, Christians.

    Evolution of truth takes a very long time..

    December 20, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. seebofubar

    NO WAY! The bible says men shall not lay with men, we are a Judeo-Christian nation (it's the truth athiest morons). We have no right to punish gays, that's left to God, but we certianly shouldn't reward, celebrate or promote them or their perverse lifestyle! What's next pedafiles for president?

    December 20, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Boo-Yah

    I'm pretty sure we've already had a gay president... Buchanon. But of course that was before widespread media and the fact that the private lives of presidents was kept primarily private. As much as I would hope that Americans have evolved and can realize that it's not the color of someone's skin, their sex, or their sexual orientation that determines one's capabilities, I do not give Americans that much credit yet. Maybe one day we will evolve.

    December 20, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. doug

    As a Republican voter for life due to what I witness day in and day out living in an ultra blue part of this nation and having witnessed how great and compassionate they act in the red parts, I care not one bit who the President is scr*wing, as long as it isn't hard work decent Americans.

    December 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. David in Houston

    First we need to teach the ignorant morons (some posting above) that sexual orientation (straight, gay, bisexual) is NOT the same thing as behavior (incest, murder, pedophilia, drinking, gambling, etc.). When these people can tell us the exact time and date when they CHOSE to be straight (and how made the choice to not be gay), THEN they can make the ludicrous claim that people choose their sexual orientation.

    December 20, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Andrew, Roanoke VA

    Does anyone know what the word "qualifications" means? Here is an overview, it is the only thing that matters when electing a public official. Anything else is irrelevant.

    December 20, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Bob in PA

    J.C. can't seem to focus on what the real issues in America are. He was way off in 76, now maybe a climb to the top of Everest might get you there.

    December 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. doug

    Lets work on allowing African Americans to have ideological freedom, the president is one man, freedom for millions is more importaint.

    December 20, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. gt

    drip ... drip... drip... the moral decay that has taken place since obama has been in office is just show you how far the bar has been lowered.....just like Rome our down fall will come from with in.....drip ,,, drip,,,drip...

    December 20, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Bob in PA

    Here is a question on DADT. If Congress actively repealed DADT, a law that actually permitted Gays in the Military, didn't they just reinstitute a ban on gays in the military ?

    December 20, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. rohan111111

    As usual, the followers of the imaginary guy in the sky are ready to condemn people based on a series of books written by a bunch of other religious fanatics thousands of years ago, filled with fantasies, contradictions, and propaganda for the simple minded of the times, for the simple minded of these times.

    December 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Florida

    I used to believe in Jimmy Carter as both a sincere man and President, but he's become an example of a Christian who's lost his way, and is a reminder of how even someone who professes to be a believer in Christ can think in ways that are totally contrary to Christ's teaching...

    December 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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