Yes, I'm going to go there.
The most prevalent opinion I have heard and read is that this is a political ploy, a way to call attention to himself and grab votes before the upcoming election.
Friends, let's think this through. Whose votes did he win? He almost certainly already had the support of any staunch supporter of same sex marriage. If anything, sadly, he may have just cost himself votes.
So, I say bravo, Mr. president. This was brave. This was honest. This was the right thing to do.
A North Carolina Resident Who Believes In Equality For All, and Who Is Saddened and Ashamed By Her State's Passing of Amendment One