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Janet Napolitano Talks Sochi, 'Evolves' on Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Former Secretary of Homeland Security and current President of the University of California Janet Napolitano, who has been chosen by President Obama to lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia (which includes three openly gay athletes), sat down with David Gregory on Meet the Press to talk about the security at the Games and the recent series of bombings.

"We would like to demonstrate that the United States is a very free and open and tolerant society. I'm going to support my country and support my team, and partly to support the University of California which is the largest public research university in the world."

Gregory also asks her about her political views and position on same-sex marriage which she refused to support during her tenure with the Obama administration. Napolitano tells Gregory she has evolved:

"Like many in political and elective life in the early part of this century the evolution hadn’t occurred, and my statements were very much in that way. This was something that society in a way, the arc of history, as it were, needed to get there, and the arc of history has clearly arrived.”

Gregory also asks her about Hillary Clinton and if she believes Clinton would be a "fresh voice" in the coming presidential election.


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  1. "This was something that society in a way, the arc of history, as it were, needed to get there, and the arc of history has clearly arrived.”

    So your position depends on which way the wind is blowing? Not very principled.

    Posted by: Voet | Jan 6, 2014 7:54:20 AM

  2. Please. At least she's on the right side, but you're not fooling anyone, Janet.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 6, 2014 8:15:10 AM

  3. From a woman who looks firmly like a lesbian...

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jan 6, 2014 8:17:50 AM

  4. She looks like a lesbian? Are we really going down this revolting road again. JN is an unprincipled, ghastly woman who does what she is told to do. A puppet. What do you expect of your elected officials? Who you choose reflects the nation you are. You deserve what you get.

    Posted by: Duncan Roy | Jan 6, 2014 8:59:38 AM

  5. Voet, I find it a bit refreshing in a sad kind of way that she straight up admitted to being an unprincipled hack whose only concern is political expediency. Politics would be a lot easier to swallow if everyone was this honest.

    Posted by: JMC | Jan 6, 2014 8:59:54 AM

  6. Perhaps I need a new set of eyeglasses, but.... I don't seem to see in this article any reference to an apology by Ms. Napolitano for her past opposition to and obstruction of the civil and human rights of a tenth of the population. Or perhaps she believes her past homophobia is excusable because "everyone was doing it"?

    Posted by: Bill Courson | Jan 6, 2014 9:36:53 AM

  7. So basically what she is saying is that she was never a leader. She stuck her finger in the air and is following the winds of change.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 6, 2014 9:49:28 AM

  8. She's a real profile in courage aint she? I used to play tennis at the same venue as her when she was Gov. of AZ. She'd have a coterie of girlfriends with her and there was no mistaking this was a group of gay women, none. I have no idea if she was romantically involved with any of her tennis mates, but she is a gay woman and a cowardly careerist.

    Posted by: ian | Jan 6, 2014 10:12:02 AM

  9. And I am wondering where all the people in favor outing closeted politicians are when it came to her. That is the rumor about her.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 6, 2014 10:29:06 AM

  10. There is nothing more dangerous than a closeted homosexual.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 6, 2014 10:54:09 AM

  11. More dangerous than a closeted gay person are the pigs who believe they know what is best for others and will forcibly out people before they are ready.

    Posted by: Perry | Jan 6, 2014 11:52:22 AM

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