It’s how Politico enjoys his delaying of the overturning of the gag rule

Yet Thursday came and went without Obama changing the rule, the way two presidents before him did on that day. Obama even issued a statement marking the 36th anniversary of Roe – but no rule change.

It has been planned for today

Why get in that old political tradition?

It started under President Ronald Reagan, a Republican. President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, lifted the ban by executive order on January 22, 1993. President George W. Bush, a Republican, reinstated it as his first executive order on January 22, 2001.

Apparently it’s just a matter of PR

Obama aides said the president also didn’t want to change the rule Thursday because it could have overshadowed other news, including the executive orders to close Guantanamo Bay, and his visit to the State Department with Hillary Clinton.

And, as usual, it’s OK to put women last since their organizations don’t seem to mind

Groups that support abortion rights are being patient.

The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, said she doesn’t think the slow response means Obama won’t reverse the rule. “I fully expect for this to happen sometime soon,” she said.

And Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said she’s “not making hay” of the delay.

They don’t seem to notice the Roe eroding tinge in Obama statements either

“While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make,” Obama said.

So, while Kim Gandy and Planned parenhood are not bothered, the other guys are thrilled

But supporters of the Mexico City policy, who say it reduces the number of abortions, are finding some hope in the president’s delay. The rule was on their minds on Thursday during their annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

“We’re thrilled,” said Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst at the conservative religious group Focus on the Family. “All signs point to that he will probably do away with the policy at some point but we’re happy that for the time being that the Mexico City Policy is in place.”

Delight in keeping supporters off balance? Glad I am not one of them.