After President Obama came out as a supporter of gay marriage last week, many began wondering how his public approval for marriage equality would affect his reelection efforts in the fall.

While many asserted that the President’s endorsement was a shrewd political move aimed at firing up the base and appealing to donors, others argued that the President’s stance would alienate voters and make his reelection effort that much more difficult in battleground states.

Despite the political calculations, however, most agree that President Obama’s approval of gay marriage is a historic moment considering he’s the first sitting president to do so.

Because of the President’s announcement, Newsweek dubbed Mr. Obama “The First Gay President.”

Andrew Sullivan writes:

Barack Obama had to come out of a different closet. He 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 America he grew up in had no space for a boy like him: black yet enveloped by loving whiteness, estranged from a father he longed for (another common gay experience), hurtling between being a Barry and a Barack, needing an American racial identity as he grew older but chafing also against it and over-embracing it at times.

This is the gay experience: the discovery in adulthood of a community not like your own home and the struggle to belong in both places, without displacement, without alienation. It is easier today than ever. But it is never truly without emotional scar tissue. Obama learned to be black the way gays learn to be gay. And in Obama’s marriage to a professional, determined, charismatic black woman, he created a kind of family he never had before, without ever leaving his real family behind. He did the hard work of integration and managed to create a space in America for people who did not have the space to be themselves before. And then as president, he constitutionally represented us all. 

Years ago, Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton “the first black president,” so I suppose it makes sense that President Obama—whose Administration has done more for the LGBT community than any other president–can be the first gay president. Or as Michael Eric Dyson said today on MSNBC, borrow one until you get your own.

What do you think of ‘Newsweek’ calling President Obama ‘The First Gay President’?

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  • Isis


  • That is so insulting and just shows how print media continues to disrespect the President. Wonder how he’s gonna bounce back from this….

  • jamesfrmphilly

    wonder who all them gay republicans will vote for?

    • Whatever

      They will be voting Republican.

    • JessicaMercedes

      @whatever…I love that reply. LOL. I have no doubt that the rebulicans will continue to vote with their party. I’m afraid that homophobic or “Christian” democrats won’t vote stick with their party this time around, because of this issue.

  • mluv

    smh.. people always have SOMETHING to say about EVERYTHING HE DOES or SAYS!! I would LOVE to see all those who give Obama grief to be president for 1 effing day!!!

  • befree

    The same Andrew Sullivan who promoted the idea The Bell Curve and the notion that blacks are intellectually inferior. This could not be the same Andrew Sullivan who Ta-Nehisi Coates took to task? Wait, you can be gay and racist? No I don’t believe it.
    I am sorry I have no use for anything Andrew Sullivan has to say.

    • Toppin (Formerly Known As Just Sayin’)

      I hate to be the one to tell you this but YES you can be gay and racist….just like you can be black and homophobic.

      Not sure if you were being funny or not.

    • Befree

      @ toppin

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