Is Robin Roberts a Lesbian? Speculations after Obama Interview
Speculation that ABC's Robin Roberts is a lesbian arose after her interview with President Barack Obama on gay marriage.
Robin Roberts is not a lesbian. Although not married, the White House chose the ABC reporter to do the interview with Barack Obama because she a is respected journalist who knows both Barack and Michelle Obama. "The White House went with Robin because of her personal rapport, their friendship, the past interviews — but also her race [African-American], even her age,” one producer at ABC said to POLITICO of the 51-year-old Roberts. “There is a very strong, very basic connection there.
Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president of communications at ABC News, told TPM it was because, "Robin is a very thoughtful interviewer, whose style is perhaps more conversational than confrontational, but she sure makes a lot of news with that approach."
By giving the interview to an African-American and Christian — two groups whose opposition to same-sex marriage has been significant — the White House may have been aiming to make Obama’s announcement more palatable to groups that differ with his support for gay marriage. (Christianity has long played a central role in Roberts’s life — she has credited her success to her parents’ emphasis on the three “D’s”: Discipline, Determination and “De Lord.”)