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, andÂ NewsweekÂ wasted no time in capitalising on the buzz.
Days afterÂ TimeÂ showed a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old and theÂ New YorkerÂ 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 onÂ 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 ofÂ 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 RepublicÂ took 10 guesses at how Newsweek’s cover would look.Â 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’Â 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’sÂ 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 onÂ Late Night with Jimmy FallonÂ last month.
A few weeks earlier, he shot baskets with theÂ Harlem Globetrotters. As you do.
All the while, he revealed toÂ Rolling StoneÂ magazine no less that he keeps up with the cool kids by watchingÂ HomelandÂ andÂ The Daily ShowÂ while leafing through theÂ TimesÂ and theÂ Wall Street Journal.
Plus he canÂ sing like Al Green. More on that here.
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