In a startling turn of events, Vice President Joe Biden issued a heartfelt apology to President Barack Obama that sent shockwaves through the political landscape back in 2012. Biden’s apology came on the heels of his unexpected remarks supporting gay marriage, a move that would ultimately compel Obama to publicly declare his own stance on this divisive issue. Back in 2008c, at the time of this video, you can see him strongly taking a stance against gay marriage.
This incident sheds light on a common political strategy: avoiding unpopular views or controversial talking points to maintain broader appeal among voters. Biden’s off-script admission forced Obama’s hand, thrusting him into the spotlight to publicly endorse same-sex marriage. It was an unprecedented move, making Obama the first sitting president to do so.
The incident underscores the delicate balance politicians must strike when navigating contentious topics, sometimes leading them to reveal their true positions when unexpected circumstances arise. Biden’s apology served as a reminder that in politics, even the most carefully crafted images can be upended by a candid moment.
It was clear that in 2008 they felt John McCain was a much stronger candidate, and they needed to appeal to some of his voters to cross the line. Met Romney, in 2012, was a much more inferior candidate, so it allowed them to freely express their true viewpoints. But do you think this is OK? Hiding part of who you are and what you believe to get elected?