At Netroots Nation on Friday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer received boos from the audience for the following exchange:
I reached out to the White House Press Department to get clarification. Did the White House really believe that the president's 1996 statement supporting marriage equality was a forgery?
Shin Inouye, White House Specialty Media Director provided me with the following statement: "Dan was not familiar with the history of the questionnaire that was brought up today, but the President's views are clear. He has long supported equal rights and benefits for gay and lesbian couples and since taking office he has signed into law the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, signed into law the Hate Crimes bill, made the decision not to defend section three of DOMA and expanded Federal benefits for same sex partners of Federal employees."
So, no. the White House does not believe the 1996 statement supporting marriage for gays and lesbians was forged. So the original question remains: When will the President evolve back to 1996?
I hope for his sake, sooner than later. Friday's communication gaffe was not only annoying, but it made his administration look foolish beyond belief.