In January of 2008, there were seven serious candidates competing to be the Democratic party nominee for president.
I’d read Barack Obama’s books, and heard his 2004 convention speech, and I was excited by the prospect of him running for president. I talked about him to anyone that would listen, and my Republican sisters got tired of hearing me utter his name, and told me to stop bringing him up.
Senator John Edwards (D-NC) was the favorite, because he was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. Whenever I saw his fake smile and perfectly coiffed hair on the evening news, I couldn’t envision him in the White House.
I completely underestimated Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her widespread appeal, and I’ll admit that I was wrong about her. I was living overseas when she and her husband left Washington and moved to New York. I knew she was elected to the US Senate, and as a New Yorker, that pissed me off. I viewed her as a carpetbagger and an opportunist, and didn’t take her or her candidacy seriously.
I knew that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was too liberal for most Democrats, and that Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) didn’t have the name recognition he needed, and that Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) might do well in the tri-state area (NJ/NY/CT), but that folks in the rest of the country would think that he talked funny because of his northeastern accent.
Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) had a good reputation as a legislator, though he was gaffe prone - and I thought he was too old, and had too much political baggage to be taken seriously.
I thought that the primaries and caucuses would be a slugfest between Edwards and Obama, and hoped that Obama would be the victor and get the nomination.
As we know today, the slugfest was between Obama and Clinton, and there was no love lost between them by the time that Obama clinched the nomination. John Edwards imploded because of the tawdry revelations of his extramarital affair, and the remaining candidates all flamed out.
In 2008, same-sex marriage was legal in just one state, and the LGBT community was whispering about “commitment ceremonies,” because that’s what we’d invented to take the place of the wedding ceremony, that we were never going to have.
When the press asked Obama or Clinton if they supported same sex marriage, they both had the same reply. They supported civil unions for LGBT couples.
Fast forward to today. It’s just a week before oral arguments will be heard in the US Supreme Court, where they will decide 2 of the most contentious and consequential civil rights cases, on their docket this year.
Are you surprised that President Obama and Secretary Clinton, both have evolved and now support marriage equality unequivocally?
Secretary Clinton announced her support for marriage equality on Monday, in a video that was produced by the Human Rights Campaign Fund. She said:
"LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.
That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.
"A few years ago, Bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life, and I wish every parent that same joy."
Of course Hillary supports marriage, or she would have left her husband years ago.
Is this a signal that Hillary Clinton is positioning herself for a 2016 presidential run?
Run Hillary run! Run run run!
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