President Obama talked gay marriage with the ladies of The View this morning, and though he declined to say whether he would publicly fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, he told co-host Barbara Walters "we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional."
Congress is clearly on notice that I think it's a bad idea. This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you've got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages.
In a lighter moment, co-host Joy Behar asked Obama whether he knew about "the controversial sex book" Fifty Shades of Grey, which is topping best-seller lists across the country. The president admitted he did not know, but promised, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."
With an assist from Jay-Z and Kanye, François Hollande defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's first Socialist president since François Mitterand in 1995. "Austerity can no longer be something that is inevitable," Hollande said following his win.
In related news, "austerity" is currently ranked No. 7 on Google Hot Trends, the real-time ranking of international search keywords.
His best line:
On Mitt Romney: "You can't have a beer with him, because he doesn't drink. You can't have a cup of coffee with him, because he can't have caffeine. You can't even play Monopoly with him because he keeps trying to put the dog on the car."