NEWSWEEK Dubs Obama 'The First Gay President'

By: Michael Matson

Tipping a hat to Toni Morrison's 1998 New Yorker magazine profile of Bill Clinton entitled "Clinton as the First Black President," Newsweek's latest cover story dubs Barack Obama as "The First Gay President."

Though the cover story, written by Andrew Sullivan, has not yet been posted online (the print issue hits stand Monday), it is expected to be similar in tone to Morrison's profile of Clinton, in which she wrote:

"Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime. After all, 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."


UPDATE: Sullivan's cover story is online. Here's an excerpt:

"This, by any measure, is an astonishing pace of change in one presidential term. In four years Obama went from being JFK on civil rights to being LBJ: from giving uplifting speeches to acting in ways to make the inspiring words a reality. And he did so by co-opting the forces of resistance—like the military leadership. He fooled most of us much of the time, our outbursts often intemperate—I went on CNN at one point to say that the president had betrayed the gay community on the military ban. We snarked about the 'fierce urgency of whenever.' Our anger built. And sometimes I wonder if he goaded us into 'making him do it.' If he did, it worked."

Read the complete cover story here.

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