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Out Of Pocket??? Newsweek Labels Barack Obama “The First Gay President” And Draws Rainbow Halo Over His Head

Posted by Media Outrage on May 14th, 2012

We wonder how President Obama feels about this cover???  Newsweek stepped out on a very thin limb and labeled Barack Obama “The First Gay President” and drew a rainbow halo over his head. Smh…

Peep game

Via Yahoo:

It won’t be nearly as controversial as Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover, but Newsweek’s May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country’s “first gay president.”

The accompanying cover story was written by Andrew Sullivan, the popular–and openly gay–political blogger. The magazine even gives the commander-in-chief a rainbow halo.

Obama, Sullivan writes, “had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family.”

The full cover story is not yet online, but in ablog post published earlier this week, Sullivan wrote that Obama’s support of gay marriage brought him to tears:

I do not know how orchestrated this was; and I do not know how calculated it is. What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn’t know what to write, and, like many Dish readers, there are tears in my eyes.

So let me simply say: I think of all the gay kids out there who now know they have their president on their side. I think of Maurice Sendak, who just died, whose decades-long relationship was never given the respect it deserved. I think of the centuries and decades in which gay people found it impossible to believe that marriage and inclusion in their own families was possible for them, so crushed were they by the weight of social and religious pressure. I think of all those in the plague years shut out of hospital rooms, thrown out of apartments, written out of wills, treated like human garbage because they loved another human being. I think of Frank Kameny. I think of the gay parents who now feel their president is behind their sacrifices and their love for their children.

The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama’s journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships. Yes, there was politics in a lot of it. But not all of it. I was in the room long before the 2008 primaries when Obama spoke to the mother of a gay son about marriage equality. He said he was for equality, but not marriage. Five years later, he sees–as we all see–that you cannot have one without the other. But even then, you knew he saw that woman’s son as his equal as a citizen. It was a moment–way off the record at the time–that clinched my support for him.

Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That’s why we elected him.

The New Yorker, which is also out with a cover story on gay marriage, took a bit more subtle approach with its May 21 issue.

“It’s a celebratory moment for our country, and that’s what I tried to capture,” Bob Staake, the artist behind the New Yorker cover, said. “I don’t especially like those rainbow colors, but they are what they are—I had to use them.”

He added: “I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President’s statement—a statement long overdue—but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history.”

Mediaoutrage- Your thoughts???

 

 

  • Chynaman

    Newspapers and magazines are dying a slow, painful death. They are resorting to putting big ass kids sucking titties and shit like this on the covers trying to make a buck.

    • River

      LMAO!!!!

  • mAc

    they love disrespecting our president.

    • Martha

      MAc: As you have loved disrespecting other, truly noble presidents. Chickens are coming home to roost, baby. Why should anything be different for you?

      Oh I just lovin’ the outrage over this.

      And Chynaman: I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you really loved the Bachman cover. And now you’re muttering about magazines putting up “shit like this” on their covers “just to make a buck.”

      What’s the matter, you two? Can’t take the heat? Then you best go out into the yard and do your whining.

      • Chynaman

        I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you think i’m a democrat, which only means you dont know shit about me. Secondly Michelle Bachman wasnt a viable candidate before or after the Newsweek cover, I wouldnt let her walk my dog. Outraged? Ha! I couldnt care less about this cover, i was only interested in the desperation magazine’s are showing.

        • Media Outrage

          LMAO! @ Chynaman “I wouldn’t let her walk my dog.”

  • do u

    NEwsweek is out of line. President Obama never said he was gay, simply stated his support for same sex marriage. smh