PUBLIC OPINION > Newsweek's 'First Gay President' Cover Crossed the Line

News 2012/05/15 17:00:00
President Obama's public support of gay marriage was a landmark event for the LGBT community, but Newsweek's latest cover might have taken the praise a little too far: The title story, written by openly gay journalist Andrew Sullivan, was titled, "The First Gay President." Some might say Obama was "coming out of the closet" with his views, but is calling him the "first gay president" a bit of an overstep? We asked the public.

There was a variety of reasons people voted the way they did, but in the end the majority decided it was, in fact, too far. The most obvious argument was that, well... Obama's not gay. Why would they write something like that if it's not tangibly true? Many commenters called it a lapse of journalistic integrity -- "a cheap way to get attention." On the other hand, Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American author Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton the "first Black president" in 1998, so maybe there is some level of historical awareness (and perhaps irony) present in Sullivan's title.

Liberals Don't Like It

We kind of figured this would be a divisive issue based solely on the fact that it had to do with Obama and homosexuality. However, we weren't sure which direction the controversy would go. The actual statement was made by a conservative Catholic homosexual -- an unusual demographic to begin with, and one that's (fortunately) difficult to read into. As it turns out, conservatives had Sullivan's back while liberals shook a finger.

Acceptance From Older Voters

In the same vein, there was a very sharp drop in support under the age of 35. The difference was black-and-white, with every age group below the mark showing about 76% disapproval, and every age group above showing closer to 46%. That's undeniably close to the political breakdown, so a correlation there is pretty much guaranteed. The most interesting thing about this is how quickly and clearly the politics changed at 35.

Homosexuals Won't Have It

In a 1998 issue of the New Yorker, Toni Morrison wrote of Bill Clinton, "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." Does Obama display "every trope of gayness"? That's hard to say objectively, but based on the homosexual vote, the answer seems to be no.

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  • Angus taitaFa... 2012/05/18 17:31:39
    I just love your immature and childish response. Guess when the Lord handed out brain you called in sick. But as they say, blessed are the simple minded and therefore all the blessings to you. Maybe one day when you grow up you realize that it would have been better for you to finish 3 rd Grade.
  • taitaFa... Angus 2012/05/18 23:57:59
    buh bye now....
  • Angus taitaFa... 2012/05/19 08:29:06
  • luke 2012/05/15 21:23:08 (edited)
    James Buchanan was gay, before, during and after his four years in the White House. Moreover, the nation knew it, too, he was not far into the closet. so America has already had a gay president.

    (Source: http://www.salon.com/2012/05/...
  • mae 2012/05/15 21:16:41
    " The most interesting thing about this is how quickly and clearly the politics change at 35.".."...with every age group below the (age 35) mark showing about 76% disapproval..".Perhaps Newsweek knows its reader demographics Very Well--if this is so, we can expect more incendiary covers such as this to follow. Such 'rabble-rousing' means the under 35 voters will be out in force, even more than 4 years ago. File this cover under the heading: Purposeful 'Persuasion'.
  • colton delaney 2012/05/15 21:16:23
    colton delaney
    Clinton was the first black president, sullivan is using that analogy to now say Obama is the first gay president. Its a gay way to show Obama now supports gay marriage. It sure isnt going to recruit more supporters if ur recognized as gay for doing so. obama looking gay
  • luke colton ... 2012/05/15 21:24:53
    Actually James Buchanan was the first gay president.
  • babibumer colton ... 2012/05/15 23:49:31
    Didn't seem to help her! LOL.

    michelle bachmann eating corn dog
  • diane RN colton ... 2012/05/16 03:53:02
    diane RN
    LMAO @ the picture!
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/05/15 21:00:25
  • rightagain 2012/05/15 20:47:03
    So the advocate for Iblis has begun the assault on which America loses all of God's blessings. Next ........Sharia Law for us?...........
    When bill Clinton left office they took off all the "W" from all the keyboards. HAHA.
    When Obama leaves office they will ruin the country before they leave.
    *****************NO-MO-BAMA 2012**************
  • J 2012/05/15 20:35:07
    I've been hearing that he not only supports gays, but has participate in gay sex. May be true; may not be. Think we out to wait and not make any firm judgements, but if it quacks like a duck....
  • DebraJMSmith 2012/05/15 20:03:39
    I think it is hilarious! hilarious
  • Idiot repubs 2012/05/15 19:56:33
    Idiot repubs
    As Jon Stewart said: "So we found out Obama is a democrat"
  • Old Salt 2012/05/15 19:51:21
  • nanowerx 2012/05/15 19:45:57
    Obama also once pledged support for medical marijuana users too and then went against them. Until he actually DOES something, why does everyone keep believing his lies?!
  • Beanybudd 2012/05/15 19:31:15
    I just LOVE how people assume someone is gay just because they support gay rights. Why do people have to be so damn dumb all the time.
  • J Beanybudd 2012/05/15 20:37:41
    There is actually a man that (still alive so far) has written a book, and in that book (non-fiction) he tells of a (gay sex) encounter with Obama; either happened in 1998 or 1999.
  • babibumer J 2012/05/15 23:50:59
    And the name of that book would be??
  • J babibumer 2012/05/17 19:02:06
    "Cocain, Sex, Lies and Murder" by Larry Sinclair
  • babibumer J 2012/05/18 03:11:49
  • Beanybudd J 2012/05/16 04:56:32
    People will do anything for publicity. I'm guessing the person who wrote that is a journalist from the enquirer. Moral of the story: Don't believe everything you read.
  • J Beanybudd 2012/05/17 19:03:08
    "Cocain, Sex, Lies and Murder" by Larry Sinclair
    They will do anything for publicity. But, are you calling this guy a liar before you hear the facts?
  • Beanybudd J 2012/05/18 02:56:07
    The thing is, these experiences don't have witness so it's impossible to determine fact from fiction. It was same with the Mit thing with his gay bullying. At first I didn't believe it and thought it was just some more negative politics in act, but after filed cases of this happening from multiple perspectives, it seems like it may have actually happened.

    Anyways, it's hard to believe anything that is related with politics and defaming. I honestly don't take a care for any of these stories cuz politics has bullish*t everywhere, no matter the affiliation.
  • J Beanybudd 2012/05/18 15:59:45 (edited)
    You aren't following very closely. In the Romney case, the "bullied child" is dead. And his family is terribly upset that this has even been brought out, and are saying that it has been distorted. Not to mention, the Romney(supposed thing) happened when he was a child - the Obama thing, when he was a Ill politician.
  • Beanybudd J 2012/05/18 18:53:15
    Bullying is bad no matter the degree.
  • J Beanybudd 2012/05/24 19:42:32
    Not standing up for your self or those around you is bad as well.
  • taitaFa... Beanybudd 2012/05/15 21:31:16
    because it's easier....
  • Beanybudd taitaFa... 2012/05/16 04:53:53
  • Maria 2012/05/15 19:28:59
    Media can't admit that Obama is control freaks...only not criticizing Obama...Obama doesn't open up about his life and it is seal he paid for it to seal it up really tight as bolt screw up and can't spill the beans about who is really Obama? NOBAMA 2012 No Obama
  • Idiot r... Maria 2012/05/15 19:57:42
    Idiot repubs
    And when you get diabetes don't go uninsured to an emergency room you leach
  • J Idiot r... 2012/05/15 20:38:16
    Bet this person PAYS for their own health insurance - and co-pay and deductible.
  • Liz Hays Maria 2012/05/16 05:15:37
    Liz Hays
    nice knockers. and the sign is cute too. lol ;)
  • Undercover Broad 2012/05/15 19:07:40
    Undercover Broad
    This country is going to HELL is all I have to say.
  • Simmering Frog 2012/05/15 19:06:14
    Simmering Frog
    Newsweek didn't go too far. Obama went too far with this losing distraction. It's the ECONOMY, stupid!
  • addie Simmeri... 2012/05/15 20:03:22
    He took a position, the media makes it a distraction.
  • mjays addie 2012/05/15 21:10:30
    He took a position, but always at opportune moments. He has already flip-flopped on this particular topic some 4 other times.
  • addie mjays 2012/05/15 21:17:53
    Oh, well, even so, It is still the media that decides what will be an issue.

    And they all take positions at opportune moments and pander and all of it.
  • Liz Hays mjays 2012/05/16 05:16:33
    Liz Hays
    think he's gonna try to backout of this one? ...no pun intended. >;)~~~
  • Gahnzo 2012/05/15 19:01:29
    I chalk this one up to the new and improved Obama "Distraction of the Week" campaign strategy. Every week till the election, there will be some type of distraction. Lord knows he can't run on his record. There is none.. oh wait.. Obamacare.. and that's in the hands of the Supreme Court..well how about "green jobs"....."I guess those shovel ready jobs weren't so shovel ready...hahaha". Well we have the government investing in new technology....(Well tell them they can't start laying off people till the loan goes through)....yeah new and improved... distraction of the week. Hey to those that read these boards.. maybe we should all just start a page called.. .BHO's Distraction of the Week...see ya in the funny papers...

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