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Book: White House Scrambled After Joe Biden’s Gay Marriage Comments

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Vice President Biden speaks at the American Association of Community Colleges' 94th Annual Convention in Washington, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Vice President Biden speaks at the American Association of Community Colleges’ 94th Annual Convention in Washington, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Vice President Joe Biden really did get ahead of President Barack Obama on accepting gay marriage in 2012 — and the White House really wasn’t happy about it, despite the two leaders’ many attempts to claim otherwise.

That’s the story laid out in Jo Becker’s new book, “Forcing the Spring,” which documents the past few years of successful efforts to expand the legalization of gay marriage, according to an advance copy obtained by POLITICO.

Speculation that Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press” in May 2012 were meant as a trial balloon, Becker writes, came from people “not privy to the chaos that erupted inside the West Wing after an emailed transcript of the interview landed in the inbox of the White House press team.” A furious Valerie Jarrett, Becker adds, accused Biden of “downright disloyalty.”

Becker describes the months leading up to that rushed moment as a scramble to weigh the political dangers of backing gay marriage against the expected push to add marriage equality to the Democratic convention platform.

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