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New 'Newsweek' Cover: The First Gay President

Here's the cover of the new Newsweek:


The headline tries for wit in its unsubtle recollection of a profile of Bill Clinton authored by Toni Morrison, entitled "Clinton as the First Black President," which appeared in the New Yorker in 1998. In it, Morrison wrote:

Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food loving boy from Arkansas.

Andrew Sullivan's Newsweek story has yet to be posted to the web, so there's no telling if he's written similarly of Barack Obama. Hard to imagine he would. I'm pretty sure Obama's never "displayed" any gay "tropes," if such things exist at all.

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  1. This is more damaging that a thousand negative campaign ads. I love it. Thank you Gays, for the gift to Romney. Pushy asses!

    Posted by: Edward | May 13, 2012 3:40:07 PM

  2. TJ, i hear you, but that's trying to get blood from a stone.

    The Obama haters are going to keep on hating, because hating him is all they have left. Just like hating the gays.

    all the "remember 9/11!!!" white folks? they don't seem to be even slightly impressed that Bin Laden was caught and killed on Obama's watch.

    blood. from. a. stone.

    all the facts, logic, and citations of all that Obama has done for the USA mean nothing to the plebes of this country who can't get over the fact that a black man is running their "white country"

    sad but true.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 13, 2012 3:42:41 PM

  3. I'll never forget where I was and what I was doing when Obama freed the gays.

    Posted by: Tallulah | May 13, 2012 4:22:22 PM

  4. I read that when Obama endorsed marriage Andrew Sullivan got tears in his eyes for all the young gays. Looks like he's got tears on his brains because any political hack could see that this is very bad PR for Obama. Wasn't Sullivan always a conservative? Looks like now he;s the "enemy within" Many people are trying to control the gay agenda. I liked it better when no one did or could.

    Posted by: Edward | May 13, 2012 5:01:35 PM

  5. Not really a fan of this cover, especially after that blurb about Clinton being the "first Black president". It's rife with stereotypes and damaging, if it tries to draw the same kinds of parallels.

    Posted by: Yuki | May 13, 2012 5:07:59 PM

  6. As I said in another thread, Tina Brown would put her dead mother's corpse on a cover to sell a magazine. Looking forward to her on Moaning Joe tomorrow morning smirking and grinning while Eugene Robinson and Mark Heilemann scream at her. They always licked the bottom of her heels before; that ends.

    Posted by: MarkUs | May 13, 2012 5:20:44 PM

  7. Obama is not gay and he's not a saint. I appreciate his recent statement, but I also look forward to celebrating the day when an actual gay person is elected to the presidency.

    Posted by: mike128 | May 13, 2012 5:50:39 PM

  8. Kiwi raises a good point about people criticizing this without reading the article. But sometimes an image is damaging regardless of what good article accompanies it. This is bad PR for Obama. But then publicly endorsing gay marriage was a risky move and he knew it. Ironically, Obama's open endorsement of marriage equality may do less damage than the media and gay rights activists exhuberatne response to it and the overconfidence it may inspire in them. A lot of the support for marriage equality is soft support. And we still have no way of knowing how much of it is the Bradley effect and how much is real.

    Does Tina Brown care whether Obama wins or not? I think this was terribly selfish of her. The people at NOM must be celebrating with a huge cake that says "The Left Does Itself In Again!" ......And as we can see, the last thing anyone at NOM needs is more cake. (just a little humor here to lighten things up a bit. I actually felt sorry for Obama when I saw this cover.)

    Posted by: mary | May 13, 2012 6:02:13 PM

  9. The cover makes him look like a rainbow saint.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 13, 2012 6:16:59 PM

  10. Can people learn some f'n history please? America has already had a gay president via James Buchanan. His Vice President was his lover and they lived in the White House together. It's unreal gay men aren't clued into our history and its obnoxious Sullivan would write this headline when he out of anyone should know better.

    Posted by: Michael | May 13, 2012 6:56:48 PM

  11. It sure seems to me that the anti-gay self-loather trolls are most bothered by this cover. E.g. Mary [Gallagher], claimed ally who is no real ally; or stuffed animal, whose self-loathing absurd blog speaks for itself.

    Any real ally doesnt get all worked over some insinuation that he or she might be misread as gay by someone with an anti-gay axe to grind. Obama won't get all worked up either.

    This election is now partly about whether hate for gay people still controls the ballot box in a national election. Are most voting Americans still gay-haters and gay-hating above all else, like they were in 2004? I guess we'll see.

    This silly harmless cover changes nothing. It does for some reason make me less inclined to read Andrew Sullivan's article even though I usually jump at the chance to read his stuff.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | May 13, 2012 7:01:14 PM

  12. This is just awful! This cannot be allowed.

    Posted by: Geoff | May 13, 2012 7:11:13 PM

  13. Newsweek is still published? I don't know one person who reads it.

    Posted by: melvin | May 13, 2012 7:42:24 PM

  14. He's NOT Gay! Ugh.. Andrew Sullivan, honestly.

    Posted by: MKisNE | May 13, 2012 8:15:47 PM

  15. I'm sick of all these people who think life revolves around how much you "hate gay people." But now all this frantic gay marriage, and calling people bigots, and forcing what they "deserve!" I remember in the '60's you didn't hear a peep out of homosexuals. Cause they knew what they were doing was strange. I say vote them back to the stone age!

    Posted by: Edward | May 13, 2012 8:16:41 PM

  16. You were apparently asleep in your coffin, Edward. The 60's was exceptionally gay -- climaxing with Stonewall. We took names, kicked ass, and ahven't taken any prisoners since.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 13, 2012 8:43:12 PM

  17. This is going to backfire.

    Black voting in North Carolina killed the gay union the day before Obama had a change of heart. It isn't racist but blacks are more Christian and are against gay marriage as are Hispanics who were raised Catholic.

    He needs to focus on jobs and his plan to employ more Americans and instead he gets stuck with a gay label.

    Posted by: Us vs. Them | May 13, 2012 9:32:34 PM

  18. *sigh*

    Posted by: Ratbastard | May 13, 2012 9:39:25 PM

  19. Hear that rumbling? Once again Katharine Graham is spinning in her grave.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | May 13, 2012 9:49:04 PM

  20. First?!?! Try 3rd.

    Posted by: Jackson | May 13, 2012 10:19:37 PM

  21. I don't like the cover. I don't much care for Andrew Sullivan either.

    Posted by: andrew | May 14, 2012 2:55:30 AM

  22. The president of USA has the biggest moral responsibility toward God and his people.I prefer to pray not to comment.May God have mercy on America and the president.

    Posted by: Souheil Bayoud | May 14, 2012 8:24:07 AM

  23. joanna, your friends aunt can suck my tiny penis.

    Posted by: yadda | May 14, 2012 9:57:46 AM

  24. the US has never had a "gay President".

    If you want to say that America had, like 200 years ago, a "Closeted Homosexual President", then say that, but to sit here and pretend that Buchanan was "gay" is just freakin' stupid.

    If you're not Out, you're not Gay. You're merely a homosexual. Wise up.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 14, 2012 10:35:49 AM

  25. Well, if this doesn't queer (pardon the expression) our president's chances for reelection, then I don't know what will. This cover will do more damage than the infamous "fist-bump" cover of The NewYorker back in 2008. What a shame. Thanks, Newsweek. You just gave the right-wing its "here's how we win the election" poster. @ssholes.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 14, 2012 11:40:27 AM

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