By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:16 PM EDT
And when it comes to core principles over social issues, Obama is right up there with Romney. While few point it out, the president has been multiple choice on gay marriage. In 1996, seeking his first term as a state senator in Illinois, he declared he was in favor of it.
Then, running for president in 2008, he said he opposed it. Then, a few months ago, after Vice President Joe Biden said he favored it, the president said he did too. But there was no explosion of disgust over Obama lacking core principles. He had just "evolved."
Finally, there is the blatant flip-flop-flip going on over the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed including Ambassador Steven Lynch.
For the better part of two weeks, Obama and his spokespeople insisted that the attack was a spontaneous outpouring of rage over a movie trailer that Muslims said insulted the prophet Mohammed - a trailer, by the way, that had been on YouTube for months.
It took two weeks for White House spokesman Jay Carney to flip to saying it was a terrorist attack (Gee, could Sept. 11 and the heavy weapons have been hints, perhaps?), but meanwhile, at the United Nations, the greatest orator in the world still couldn't seem to muster the courage to call it what it was.
And this, of course, is the administration that hammered Mitt Romney - who criticized an apology from the Egyptian embassy about the movie trailer - for speaking before he had all the facts.
Even the Washington Post, not a conservative voice, noted that the administration had worked to keep the focus on one storyline, "and then turn(ed) on a dime when it was no longer tenable."
Romney is an amateur when it comes to flip-flops, compared to Obama.
- Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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