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New 'Newsweek' Cover: The First Gay President

Here's the cover of the new Newsweek:

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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. That's a very strange cover. What were they thinking??

    The Clintons themselves referred to Bill as the first black president largely because they felt he had lots of "street cred" and was being singled out by the great right-wing conspiracy juggernaut that was trying to do in his presidency. There's been almost no right-wing scandal-mongering over Obama, only a lot of very partisan policy differences and ad hominem attacks. There's hardly any parallels here.

    Posted by: anon | May 14, 2012 1:17:50 PM


  2. "CARL" (13 MAY; 2:34:21 PM),

    IF THE Newsweek COVER IS FALSE, WHY WAS IT ALLOWED TO BE PUBLISHED? Barack Hussein Obama IS THE MOST POWERFUL MALE IN THE WORLD. WHY IS HE BEING QUIET ABOUT HIS SEXUALITY?

    THERE IS SOMETHING TO THIS STORY. MAYBE, THE BIRACIAL PRESIDENT WILL "COME-OUT" AS HOMOSEXUAL IF HE LOSES IN NOVEMBER.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 15, 2012 12:06:05 AM


  3. How can President Obama (who is married !) be gay ???!! Is that possible ?

    Posted by: Conan | Jan 14, 2013 6:27:31 AM


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