Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
Of course the “first gay president” is recalling Toni Morrison naming Bill Clinton the “first black president.”
The story was written by Andrew Sullivan, who was on today’s Chris Matthews Show. From Mediaite:
Through muted tears, Sullivan explained the impact of Obama’s announcement for gay Americans like himself:
‘Beforehand, I was kind of steeled. I was like, ‘I didn’t care; he’s going to disappoint us again.’ And then I sat down and watched our president tell me that I am his equal. … And to hear the president who is in some ways a father figure speak to that – the tears came down like with many people in our families.’
Okay, that really wasn’t my first reaction. That was more in the line of “over-reach” – both on the cover and on Sullivan’s comments. I haven’t read the story, so can’t comment on that. I also thought about Newsweek marketing and, of course, 2012 politics.
( Photo via Newsweek )