August 7th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

Video: Extended interview: Hitchens on cancer and atheism

Editor's Note: Watch a new extended version of Anderson's revealing interview with author Christopher Hitchens.

August 7th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President #565: Take a stand…or don’t…on gay marriage

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's note: President Obama has, like a lot of political types, played it somewhat coy on this issue of gay marriage. That’s the subject of my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing this on another beautiful and already hot early morning in New Orleans, just a few hours before I fly home to DC. Which is kind of a strange statement since I really still consider New Orleans home even though I have not lived here in a long time. I’ll bet you feel the same way about Chicago.

And I’ll be you wish you were back there every time this issue of gay marriage comes up. Oh yes, I’ve seen you and your team dancing on that hotplate lately! David Axelrod was sweating and stammering like one of those guys who has been picked up on COPS when he was questioned about your stance. I can’t blame him because it looks like you either haven’t actually decided what you think, or are desperately trying to hide your opinion on this one.

The problem is, of course, that the court ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 has put the debate on the front burner again, so everyone wants to know what’s cooking in your kitchen. And you’re trying to play it both ways. Come on. I’m not being rude or insensitive to your position, but it is really obvious.