Obama-Holder friendship at the heart of their partnership
It was Super Bowl halftime when Eric H. Holder Jr. buttonholed President Obama at a White House viewing party in 2011. But the attorney general did not want to talk about the game; he wanted to talk shop.
Holder informed his boss that he was prepared to recommend that the administration no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as between a man and woman because it was unconstitutional. Obama replied that he had reached the same conclusion.
Justice Department colleagues who heard Holder describe the conversation said the moment