Monday, December 22, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama has dispatched Vice President-elect Joe Biden to do damage control on the Rick Warren controversy.
Here’s the exchange from tonight’s CNN’s Larry King Live:
KING: There has been much controversy over the selection of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inaugural. He’s been a guest on this show an awful lot, and he supported California’s Proposition 8, a measure that outlaws gay marriage. He is also very opposed to abortion. I know the gay community in America appears to be up in arms. What do you make of this?
BIDEN: Well, I’d make of it [as] Barack Obama keeping his commitment. Barack Obama said you’ve got to reach out. You’ve got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country. We can’t continue to be a red and blue country. We can’t be divided like we have been. And he’s made good on his promise. And I would say to the gay and lesbian community, they have nothing to worry about. Barack Obama, every aspect of his life, every aspect of his public life, and every commitment he’s made relating to equality for all people, will be things that he will stick with and that they should view this in the spirit in which he offered the opportunity to — to Mr. Warren.
You know, I almost feel sorry for Joe Biden. I mean, here’s a distinguished Democratic U.S. Senator, who spent much of his 35 year Washington career serving as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who opposed the 1991 Gulf War, and who worked as an advocate for important issues as crime prevention, civil liberties, and the creation of the Violence Against Women Act. But now, he”s forced with running behind Barack Obama with a mop and a bucket to clean up after him.
Obama should be ashamed of himself for placing Biden in such a position.