Newsweek cover photo of “first gay president” stirs a buzz


There’s LOTS OF STUFF on the Internet today about the latest issue of Newsweek, which hits the newsstands tomorrow:

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.

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



  1. dogrescuer

    Andrew Sullivan is a good guy, and some day the country will take another giant step forward by electing a gay president, but I’m not sure why the “first gay president” label is applied to Obama just now. Enlighten me, Pat!

  2. dogrescuer: I think the label is metaphorical and applies strictly to attitude. It’s like the fairly common reference to Bill Clinton as “the first black president.”

  3. expdoc

    Liberals are goofy.

    Given that twisted logic you should call Obama the first physician President because he enacted health care reform and Kennedy the first astronaut President because he pushed us toward the moon.

  4. doc:
    Conservatives are goofy.

    They are attempting to make a barber, President.

  5. expdoc

    Would he be the first barber President?

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