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Top Gay President 2012 – Obama

YES HE IS: Magazine names Obama ‘The First Gay President’.

HE’S the forward-thinking leader who inspired hearts and minds to reach the White House.

Now Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage, and Newsweek wasted no time in capitalising on the buzz.

Days after Time showed a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old and the New Yorker re-imagined the White House with rainbow columns, Newsweek one-upped their counterparts in the controversy stakes.

The magazine cover features a headshot of POTUS looking thoughtfully, accompanied by a glowing rainbow halo.

The compelling image of Mr Obama – not only the President of the United States but a father of two young girls – clings onto the back of last week’s televised announcement.

Mr Obama confirmed his support of same-sex marriage on Good Morning America, after vice-President Joe Biden let it slip he was behind the issue.

That misstep brought forward Mr Obama’s decision to address his position, which he had previously planned to keep away from election.

The author of Newsweek’s provocative article – openly gay Andrew Sullivan – says Americans shouldn’t be sceptical on the timing.

“When you step back a little assess the record of Obama n gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration,” he said.

“It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work.”

The magazine, headed by Tina Brown whose reputation boasts plenty of controversy, added: “Don’t believe the cynics”.

The New Republic took 10 guesses at how Newsweek’s cover would look. See them here

Meanwhile the conservative right is trying to rally around its opposition to same-sex marriage to united behind Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called the President’s announcement a “missing piece of intensity” for the presumptive nominee.

“I don’t think the president did a political calculus to do this because if he did, he needs to go back to the calculator because it’s a bad formula,” Perkins told CBS’ Face the Nation.

Perkins called gay marriage a “serious issue” for Americans, and reportedly claimed Obama “helped fit that missing piece of intensity that Mitt Romney is going to need.”

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, American Values President Gary Bauer claimed Obama had taken “six or seven states he carried in 2008 and put them in play” with his endorsement of same-sex marriage.

It comes as Australian protesters marched across the weekend and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the “time is coming” for gay marriage.

Away from divisive issues, Mr Obama has been trying to win back voters by owning pop culture.

POTUS brought the swagger when he popped in on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last month.

A few weeks earlier, he shot baskets with the Harlem Globetrotters. As you do.

All the while, he revealed to Rolling Stone magazine no less that he keeps up with the cool kids by watching Homeland and The Daily Show while leafing through the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Plus he can sing like Al Green. More on that here.
Photo: Newsweek, Article: News

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