Is it possible former president George W. Bush secretly supports same-sex marriage? The highly-controversial Commander-In-Chief who did not keep America safe then took us to war needlessly, on a credit card, based on intelligence his administration faked, refused to offer his opinion on marriage equality, which is extremely odd given his outspoken history.
Bush won re-election in 2004 by driving Republicans to the polls — not to vote for him — but to vote for state bans on same-sex marriage. a strategy created by Karl Rove, whose father was gay.
During a CBS interview that aired today, the former president — who pushed for but failed to win an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex couples from marrying — was asked how he now, a decade later, feels about marriage equality.
“Yeah, well, I’m not, I’m not weighing in on these issues, as you know, because I’ve made the decision to get off the stage,” Bush told CBS’ Charlie Rose. “And so I’m off the stage,” he added, according to the Huffington Post:
Bush, however, really isn’t off the stage anymore. In recent days, he’s made a flurry of media appearances to promote the opening of his presidential library.
And he did weigh in on two other controversial issues — immigration and national security — during his interview with Rose.
On immigration reform, Bush said, “I hope it happens ’cause it’s the right thing to do,” adding that he was “impressed by the efforts thus far to get something done.”
Why would Bush refuse to weigh in? The majority of Republicans don’t support same- sex marriage yet, even if his wife, his Vice President, his RNC Chair, and many of his former administration officials do.
Of course, this is just wild speculation, but because he has total cover to say he’s still against marriage for gay people, perhaps the 43rd president, too, is “evolving”?
Or is he just under orders from his wife, Laura Bush, who says she has been a supporter of same-sex marriage for at least a decade, albeit silently, to not weigh in?
It is an interesting question, one to which we may never know the answer.
Photo from George W. Bush Facebook Page
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