President Obama intended to announce his support for same-sex marriage on ABC's "The View" next Monday, a Democratic source confirms.
Senior administration officials say Vice President Biden's comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" sped up the timeline and forced the president's hand.
"I had already made a decision that we were going to probably take this position before the election and before the convention," he told ABC News.
Mr. Obama added that.
"[Biden] probably got out a little bit over his skis but out of generosity of spirit," Mr. Obama said. "Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way, in my own terms, without I think there being a lot of notice to anybody? Sure. But all's well that ends well."