Vice President Joe Biden reportedly apologized to President Barack Obama on Wednesday for appearing to pressure him to accelerate his endorsement of same-sex marriage after speaking out on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
Speculation about Obama's own stance on the issue permeated the news cycle in the days following Biden's appearance. After Obama announced his own support for same-sex marriage in an ABC interview on Wednesday, many speculated that Biden's statement over the weekend directly led to the president's declaration, which aides insist the president had already planned to make before the November presidential election.
Biden has since apologized to Obama, according to the New York Times, which reported Thursday afternoon that the conversation took place in the Oval Office on Wednesday before Obama's news-making ABC interview.
During the interview, Obama said Biden probably got out a little bit over his skis, but out of generosity of spirit.
Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way? In my own terms without there being a lot of notice to everybody that this is where we were going? Sure, Obama said. But all's well that ends well.
Ashley covers U.S. politics for the International Business Times, with a focus on civil liberties, women's issues and campaign finance. Her work has also appeared in The...