President Obama embraces Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington © by U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

18 September 2012 – GQ Magazine Interview

Denzel Washington Is Asked About Obama

Denzel Washington is asked about how he feels about Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Washington does not take a stance, but asks, “What did he say about it?” After he is told what President Obama said, he asks, “What does that mean? … You know, I think people have the right to believe what they want to believe. And people have the right to disagree with it.”

Denzel Washington defines himself as an independent: “No. I’m an independent. In some ways I’m liberal, and other ways I’m conservative. We get so locked in on ‘you have to be this or that.’ It’s ridiculous. I’m not a liberal or a conservative completely. Who is? Or why do you have to be? You assess the pros, the cons, of both sides and you make an intelligent decision.”

When asked how Denzel Washington thought about how Obama fits in now? He replied, “Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.”

The interviewer said that Mitt Romney has “chosen not to talk about his faith.” Denzel responded, “Yeah, he hasn’t even brought it up … When I see him, he’s always uncomfortable. You can see that uncomfortableness. Forget about his being Mormon. He hasn’t said anything about his faith.”

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