In other words, he didn't want to say we should protect human life when human life begins which is at conception nor did he want to say at birth which would mean abortion is OK at any time of the pregnancy, e.g. late term, day before birth, abortions are OK. The former position would undermine his whole pro-abortion agenda and the latter would offend the vast majority of the public.
The question remains has Obama thought about this question. I can't imagine he hasn't. For one he's a smart guy and takes his spirituality serious. No doubt life and death issues would be of concern to him. And second, it was recently disclosed that Obama, while a Harvard law student, wrote a law review article supportive of an Illinois Supreme Court decision ruling that unborn babies coudln't sue their parents for negligence. To write such a law review note would no doubt require thinking about the humanity of the unborn and their rights versus their parents.
Rick Warren addressed Obama's obfuscation in rather strong terms when he said in a post Forum interview:
I think he needed to be more specific on that. I happen to disagree with Barack on that. Like I said, he's a friend. But to me, I would not want to die and get before God one day and go, "Oh, sorry, I didn't take the time to figure out" because if I was wrong, then it had severe implications for my leadership if I had the ability to do something about it. He should either say, "No, scientifically, I do not believe it's a human being until X" or whatever it is or say, "Yes, I believe it is a human being at X point," whether it's conception or anything else. But to just say "I don't know" on the most divisive issue in America is not a clear enough answer for me.This issue raises questions about Obama's character. Is he a person of integrity or will he simply say whatever he thinks he needs to say to get elected.