"ABC News has only released one brief clip of Obama's conversation about gay marriage today, but it seems fairly clear from the network's coverage that his announcement amounts to much less than meets the eye. He now believes that gay couples should be able to marry. He doesn't believe they have a right to do so. This is like saying that black children and white children ought to attend the same schools, but if the people of Alabama reject that notion—what are you gonna do? "
It's pretty clear that this was a rushed piece of political positioning (I've read some reports that this was planned as the big convention lead-in but Biden spilled the beans) and I've been pondering the thinking that went into this.
My guess is that this is a money plus college student beats lost black vote (if any) equation that they believe works for them.
It will be interesting to watch.