This Week's Agenda: Hollande, Merkel, and Gay Marriage

Monday, May 14, 2012

On the agenda this week: France's new president Francois Hollande travels to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel within hours of being sworn in. And both leaders travel to Camp David at the end of the week for a G8 meeting. Also, gas prices are down, and JPMorgan executives are leaving —will the campaigns continue to discuss gay marriage, or will the focus turn back to the economy?

Helping The Takeaway with these topics is Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, and Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large for the International Herald Tribune, the international edition of the New York Times.

Guests:

Charlie Herman and Marcus Mabry

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez and John Light

Comments [9]

kimengui patient from congo-brazzaville

This is a great error we cannot accept because marriage equal man and woman.

Jan. 31 2013 06:22 AM
kimengui patient from congo-brazzaville

This is a great error we cannot accept because marriage equal man and woman.

Jan. 31 2013 06:22 AM
Charles

Obama on gay marriage?

First, who actually thinks that Obama has changed his mind or evolved on anything? The only thing he's changed is his public posturing about what his own view is. Which was nothing but deception from the get-go. It is inconcievable that Obama's personal view was any different from Celeste Headlee's (it's easy to pick on Celeste; you could fill in the name of almost anyone at WNYC/NPR) personal views on the subject, which was that there should be no prohibitions on gay marriage. Barack Obama merely engaged in the business of retail politics, saying whatever it was that his political handlers allowed; much like what they did with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Second, "crediting" Obama for his own political calculation in this regard is like his winning the Nobel Peace Prize for having done nothing more than winning the 2008 election.

Third, if there were really anything other than political posturing in all of this, we'd know exactly what it is that Obama proposes: A federal Constitutional amendment for gay rights? A repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Other federal/executive action to impose gay rights on states? There is none of that. I see no such action; nothing is proposed. It is nothing but posturing in its purest form. Tell us what it is you propose, Mr. President, and then we'll tell you how we feel about it. If there is nothing that you propose, apart from expressing your own views and letting states control the subject as a matter of federalism, then that makes your own fully-evolved view pretty much the same as Dick Cheney's long-held view on the subject. Thanks for sharing.

May. 14 2012 02:28 PM
listener

"It works better for me (Obama)"
Is that what's important? Is this "bumping along" temporary cosmetic sweeting of the indicators by the administrations magnified by his enablers in the media to get Obama across the finish line in November because it "works better" for him?

"We are doing way better than Europe" with a $16 trillion debt as we floor the gas peddle with wild laughter to catch up to Europe and the cliff they are headed for by mid-century.

What is China's stance on same sex marriage as they overtake the US as an economic superpower thanks to this President's policies and what does Iran think about free contraceptives as they go nuclear and change the balance of power in the restive Middle-East?

Is it time to grow up and ignore the "shiny object" distractions that this administration thinks we are stupid enough to chase because it works for them?

May. 14 2012 10:18 AM
anna from new york

So, Barnard is rewarding the President for gay marriage. That's nice. I thought that colleges were supposed to do what ... Barnard clearly doesn't.
Several years ago, a relative, that year graduate of Barnard/Columbia (not raised by me) didn't know:
- who the commencement speaker (John McCain) was
- what Social Democracy is
- what Solidarity was
and, frankly, anything else
No, she is wasn't a legacy student, no she isn't dumb. She is just a product of American elite so called education (some call it zombie training) who is now finishing her Ph.D. somewhere else.
March zombies, march.

May. 14 2012 08:24 AM
anna from new york

Well, the pope with his "heritage" from the first Crusade through German ghettos and the Holocaust is urging to continue ... What exactly?

May. 14 2012 07:48 AM
anna from new york

"The European Union established itself apart from its Judeo-Christian heritage"
Wait a moment ... you praise the "heritage" and call it "Judeo?" Are you talking about the Christian convenient theories which have taught to hate this "Judeo" minority (check for example, the "Doctrine of Contempt" in the Canon Law) and the policies of depriving this minority of any means of existence, subjected it to destruction, expulsions and annihilation?

May. 14 2012 07:44 AM
Ed from Larchmont

The European Union established itself apart from its Judeo-Christian heritage. The pope urged them to acknowledge this historical heritage. And it continues to unravel.

May. 14 2012 06:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Can you believe Mayor Bloomberg going to North Carolina and telling them that they voted wrong? Other things beside, isn't that tactless?

May. 14 2012 06:09 AM

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