NEWSWEEK: OBAMA 'FIRST GAY PRESIDENT'
It’s beyond parody. Sullivan, who is gay, is the most ardent backer of President Obama imaginable; he largely switched parties because of the gay marriage issue. Sullivan is a personal favorite blogger of the White House. Now, he’s portraying Obama as a religious figure, bathed in the glow of the same-sex marriage agenda. This despite the fact that Obama was forced into his embrace of same-sex marriage by Joe Biden; despite the fact that the Democrat Party will not put same-sex marriage in its national platform; despite the fact that Obama still has not signed an executive order on nondiscrimination. Obama himself wants same-sex marriage to be a states’ rights issue, supposedly. There have been zero policy implications from Obama’s statement, yet he is being feted as the Abraham Lincoln of gay rights. In truth, Obama’s same-sex marriage embrace was a cynical ploy to separate himself from Mitt Romney while doing nothing about the issue, all in order to raise money from his most leftist supporters.
The Newsweek cover is obviously a take-off on the old line about Bill Clinton being the “first black president,” but it’s also an unintended backhanded in-kind contribution to the Romney campaign. In the liberal press’ desperate gushing over Obama’s same-sex marriage stance, they’ve alienated more than half the country – every state that has ever held a referendum on same-sex marriage has voted it down. The most polarizing president in history by every measurable statistic has polarized the country yet again – yet Newsweek insists on portraying Obama as a holy figure for embracing an anti-Biblical position, thereby also alienating every religious person in the country.
The cover is deeply arrogant, of course. We have no idea what a full-scale embrace of same-sex marriage would mean for society; portraying Obama as a halo-ridden angel for overturning thousands of years of marital precedent is simply absurd. It’s a radical change, by definition, with Obama and his allies tampering with the very fabric of our society – but by Newsweek’s lights, it’s obviously a net plus. Obama thinks so too, which is why he termed his embrace of same-sex marriage an “evolution,” suggesting that his opponents were unevolved.
No wonder Tina Brown’s Newsweek has become a punch line. Its political coverage is a joke.