Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on Thursday made little
effort to hide the excitement she felt when Barack Obama came out in
support for gay marriage. Touting her exclusive interview with the
President, Roberts marveled that, just talking about it, "I'm getting chills again." She added that the moment "was not lost on anyone" who was in the White House, Wednesday.
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos hyped the "watershed moment." Roberts deemed it to be the President's "historic stand." During the GMA segment, she offered several softball questions, including one about Mother's Day.
On people who might actually oppose gay marriage, Roberts could only manage: "You realize there are going to be some people that are going to be saying [you made this decision for political gain]. Do you see where some people might consider that the same thing?" [MP3 audio here.]
Roberts made no mention of the fact that one in six campaign bundlers
for the President are gay. In fact, she hardly challenged him at all.
The journalist insisted that the interview was one of a "full range" and that she asked Obama about issues such as terrorism. The ABCNews.com transcript proves this is true, but terror questions didn't air on GMA or the previous night's World News or Nightline.
What did Roberts find time for? Her GMA interview featured this question: "Mother's Day, Sasha and Malia. Do you have plans for Mrs. Obama?"
The co-anchor also focused on light-hearted video of the President walking off Air Force One without Mrs. Obama, then going back to get her.
In fact, on Tuesday, Jake Tapper grilled the White House on the President's "cynical" gay marriage dodge. ABC refused to air the questions.
Since the arrival of George Stephanopoulos, Roberts has had few political interviews. During the 2008 campaign and Obama's first year in office, however, she talked to the President a number of times. On September 9, 2009, Roberts breathlessly cooed, "How difficult is it to stay on message?"
On May 19, 2008, she asked Barack Obama if he was ready for the nasty attacks from the GOP?
A transcript of the May 10 segment can be found below: