On a flight on Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked why the President decided to engage Rick Perry and other GOP candidates shortly after saying he wasn't paying attention to the debates.
Well, the President didn't watch debates, but there have obviously been a number of reports about them, and sections of them are replayed -- if you walk by a television that happens to be tuned to a cable channel, it's hard to escape.
I think the President was particularly struck by the reports of the question asked by a soldier, a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq, about "don't ask, don't tell" and the fact that when he was booed by audience members, not a single of the candidates for president -- people who believe they have what it takes to be the commander-in-chief -- said a thing about that, when he is there defending our country, putting his life on the line for our country.
I think the President was also struck by the -- in an earlier debate, reports that when a hypothetical question was asked about someone who didn't have health insurance was going to die and there were cheers at that prospect, no candidates had anything to say about that.
So he thinks it's a matter of values. He thinks it's a matter or who we are as Americans. So, yes, I think he felt that it was worth talking about.
For all those who keep complaining as if Obama is the Worst. President. Evah. on LGBT issues, who would you rather have in the White House - one of those GOP fools who show such cavalier attitudes about basic respect for LGBT people or a President who shares your values? (imgsrc)