Earlier today, President Obama demanded that the Democratic Party’s platform be amended to include a reference to God and an acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But moments ago, it came to light that Obama saw and approved the original version of the platform, which deleted all references to the Deity, eliminated the description of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and softened references to Hamas. Obama was fine with these changes–changes in the platform that he himself ran on in 2008–and only insisted on reverting to past platform language when a political firestorm erupted. Politico reports:
Things got so bad that President Barack Obama was forced to personally intervene, ordering language mentioning God and naming Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel be added.
Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday.
Of course not. For Barack Obama, politics always comes first. He would prefer to express his far-left views honestly, but if doing so carries a political cost, he is always willing to throw far-left principle under the bus. For the moment, anyway: the question always remains, what will happen if he never again has to face the voters?