The president’s statement on gay marriage was really all about himself.

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

He lives in the White House. Who are these neighbors? Does he have a Wilson Wilson Jr. advising him from across the fence?

when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf

Whose behalf?