May 14th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

From first black president to 'first gay president'?

As if becoming the first black president wasn't momentous enough, Barack Obama has just been handed a new title: "First gay president."

A Newsweek magazine cover bestowed that distinction on Obama this week with a picture of the president and a rainbow halo. If you view that as a naked attempt to grab your attention, capitalize on the moment and have you pick up a newsmagazine, you might be right.

But that illustration - along with a New Yorker cover showing the columns of the White House lit up in rainbow colors - certainly shows how the president’s public support of same-sex marriage has pushed the issue back into the spotlight.

The magazines’ choices also speak to the broad cultural impact of Obama's announcement and pose questions about whether this moment may become a lasting part of his legacy.

That's not to say the president's announcement is necessarily a watershed moment. It earned him kudos and criticism despite the fact that he left the legal standing of same-sex marriage in the hands of the states and made no policy changes.

The issue also is far from resolved in the African-American community, and some conservatives say Obama's announcement comes at a political cost.'s John Blake writes that some suggest the black church may punish Obama for announcing his support for same-sex marriage.

As millions went to church this weekend after the president's announcement, clergy across the country offered their opinions, with the words of black pastors - a key base of support for Obama in 2008 - carrying special weight in a presidential election year. But black pastors were hardly monolithic in addressing Obama's remarks.

Blake points out that a backlash by some African-American pastors, a campaign worry following the announcement, can be seen as historical irony. Black church leaders arguing against same-sex marriage are making some of the same arguments that supporters of slavery made in the 18th and 19th centuries, some historians say. Both groups adopted a literal reading of the Bible to justify withholding basic rights from a particular group.

Patrick R. Tull, a Lumberton, New Jersey, iReporter and Obama supporter, said that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman and that the president has alienated a big section of his supporters in the black community who have not "evolved" as the president has.

"The fact is many Americans, which includes Democrats, have not 'evolved' on the issue of same-sex marriage," Tull said. "Mr. President, you should have stood your ground and said, that you believe marriage is between a man and a woman, but you are against discrimination of any kind. Individual states should decide what's best for their state. It is a free country and people are free to love whomever they want and that's OK with me, but I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman."

Vera Richardson, also an Obama supporter, said the president’s stance on same-sex marriage will be his undoing for re-election.

“I am confused, I cannot vote for (Mitt) Romney, and I know Obama needs our vote, but he has caused anxiety in the black community," she said in an iReport.

But for Andrew Sullivan, the writer of the Newsweek article and also a gay man, Obama's announcement meant everything for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"For gay Americans and their families, the emotional darkness of Tuesday night became a canvas on which Obama could paint a widening dawn," Sullivan writes. "But I didn’t expect it. Like many others, I braced myself for disappointment. And yet when I watched the interview, the tears came flooding down. ...

"I was utterly unprepared for how psychologically transformative the moment would be. To have the president of the United States affirm my humanity - and the humanity of all gay Americans - was, unexpectedly, a watershed. He shifted the mainstream in one interview. And last week, a range of Democratic leaders - from Harry Reid to Steny Hoyer - backed the president, who moved an entire party behind a position that only a few years ago was regarded as simply preposterous."

And for one Republican, the announcement swayed him toward supporting Obama.

“I'm very happy with Obama's decision because at the end of the business day I can see my partner and feel hopeful,” said iReporter David A. Seaman of Lansford, Pennsylvania. “I never would have thought he would do something like this. Just this decision alone made me swing way left to vote.”

While that analysis may be true for some, others wondered if the Newsweek cover went too far in enshrining the moment and its significance.

It's not entirely unprecedented to bestow such a title to a sitting president. In the '90s, Bill Clinton was dubbed America's first black president.

"African-American men seemed to understand it right away," Toni Morrison wrote in The New Yorker in 1998 about the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked Washington. "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 actual 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."

And in many ways, the shared connections or perceived ones that earned Clinton that title, mockingly or not, is part of why Sullivan has bestowed "First Gay President" upon Obama.

Sullivan writes that a black president who likely had to go through a period of self-discovery growing up as well as struggle for equality shared in some way the plight of gay Americans. As Obama eventually shattered the barrier of office to the "White" House, his announcement will allow gay Americans to shatter the stereotypes placed on them, Sullivan argues.

“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," he writes. "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 week's column in The New Yorker, headlined "Wedding Bells," argues that Obama's announcement is on par with the importance of abolishing laws against interracial marriage in the 1960s.

Writer Margaret Talbot points to the Supreme Court's 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down anti-miscegenation laws, saying the acceptance of same-sex marriage is inevitable.

"One day, not long from now, it will be hard to remember what worried people so much about gay and lesbian couples committing themselves to marriage," Talbot writes in the New Yorker.

"And, eventually, the Court will do the right thing on same-sex marriage, just as the President did last week. As in the Loving decision, the Court will reaffirm that the 'freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.' And it will finally uphold that freedom for gay and lesbian Americans."

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  1. riordajo

    just because he supports it doesn't mean he is gay

    May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • maximusvad

      You are speaking to an educationally challenged group:
      Support gays=gay
      Agnostic = Atheist
      Bush wrecked economy=Obamas fault
      Food stamps for children= Socialism
      Education= Anti-Christian
      Et al.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      why bother explaining things like that to morons?

      May 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • marctheduck

      Not that there's anything wrong with it. Right?

      May 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Speaking of uneducated, the groups calling him the first gay president are hardly conservative.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rico

      Thank you somebody with sense.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Than

      Exactly! What is this elementary school?

      May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • spurt

      GOP is the party of No Hope Just Shame... If u r Julia u r SHAMED.
      Their goal is The Theocratic States of America.

      May 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Can you show proof he flip flops?

    May 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • plk

      1996 running for senate: for gay marriage. 2008 running for president: against gay marriage. 2012 running for president: for gay marriage. Can't get much floppier than than.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • maximusvad

      Evolution is not in their a matter of fact....that word is outlawed in many of their it has too many syllables for them.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Who know the facts. Now CNN spell it out..... Congratulation, Obama and CNN.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rob Nashville

    Obama 2012! Best. President. Ever.

    Poor ol Repubs.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • gman19

      If you believe that your either 5 years old or mentally challenged. What a dope.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • January24

      Sorry, Rob. I did a very careful state-by-state tally of the delegates today. Obama is going to lose because he cannot possibly win the swing states he won last time.

      May 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbucch

      gman19, please use the correct form of your/you're. In the sentence you typed, the word should have been you're, as in you are. It is difficult to take someone calling someone else 'a dope' serious, when they themselves cannot conform to basic English rules taught in primary school.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |

    Where is Michelle Obama on these days. Is she filling divorce or just swallow it for sack of liberal?

    May 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry from Wisconsin


      May 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeverlyNC

      Still stuck in your trailer with one channel of ignorance of FOX?
      Michelle Obama has championed fighting childhood obesity and the onset of childhood diabetes. She has been there for military families and made huge contributions for families whose loved ones are soldiers overseas. She works for education tirelessly. She works to end bullying like Romney was the ring leader of in his school days. She is out working for President Obama while being an outstanding Mother, wife, and intelligent woman of character.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John N. Seattle, WA

    Actually we have already HAD a gay President! Anyone know who it is? (I'm dead serious here, we really did have one!)

    May 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Rudge

      James Buchanan?

      May 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      James Buchanan Jr.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pa

      Buchanan from Pennsylvania, president before Lincoln. He had a Dandee in DC but not at the Whitehouse.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Y'all beat me to it.
      Abe was rumored to be bi.
      They're long dead, so it matters not.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      James Buchanan from Pennsylvania. But don't mention it if you tour his former home–they deny it.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SILK

      James Buchanan - he lived with his vice president for 15 years pre and post their presidency and all their personal letters were burned upon their deaths.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Abraham Lincoln

      May 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Just because Obama supports it does not mean he is gay. I may support pro-choice and that does not mean I will choose that personally for myself. I support Obama and that does not make me black.
    Republican do not know how to handle this.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Once Republicans find out just how much money can be made in the gay marriage industry, they'll come around real quick.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gazork

      That is an interesting statement Mary.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom 101

      I understand, but not agree...freedom is fragile & manipulated thorugh power & money. The death of America started when political $$ came between Morals & elections!

      May 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shehe

      I agree with you, Mary!

      May 15, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • OKC

      Handle idiot??
      There is nothing frightening about a guy who caves in to a bigger idiot (Joe Biden)................and has "evolving beleifs......everyone has chenged their opnion of something, but not because he wanted credit for really being the first "Gay President". Remember Bill Clinton was really the first "Black President", or has that slipped your mind.

      May 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rob Nashville

    NODEMS don't be hating. Just cause your mom is on President Obama's D..k. Maybe he'll be nice and let you call him daddy.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Very classy.

      May 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JimB

    You realize that back in the 90's Romney promised the gay community he would be to the left of Ted Kennedy on gay issues. Now, it looks like Romney wants to outlaw the citizenship rights of gay people even in the states where they are protected. Romney is more extreme than Dick Cheney.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • marctheduck

      You do realize that Dick Cheney has a gay daughter, and that he has been an advocate of gay rights for years, don't you? He did have the laborious "evolution" problems that our newely-gay president has.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAS

      It seems to me that "gay rights" has always been a pocketbook issue. If it affects you, you will violate every other position you have taken to be an advocate, if it does not effect you, you will ignore it. Dick Cheney seems to be the poster child of this dynamic.....

      May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • livingston

      Don't confuse them with facts and logic. It makes their head hurt and they cry.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mslisac363

      Dick is not fighting for his daughter to get married either

      May 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcfrenzy

      Sorry Marc but you're a bit misinformed; while Ms. Cheney is gay, Mr. Cheney does very little to acknowledge that fact. Can you recall at any time in which he had his daughter by his side either during his vice presidency or on the campaign trail.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rico

      Thats sad no Obama is gay because he feels like Gay couples should have the same rights and straight couples. You ppl are amazing do remember he is a straight man IDOIOTS!!

      May 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeohhh

      Why would Cheney be opposed to Gay rights? They earn more than their straight counterparts, put money into the economy by spending on high pricetag items, and they produce very few babies. Gay people don't fit into the equation when it comes to over population.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      by "years" you mean since he left office right? then yes, thats true...a REAL man supporrts equality while IN office

      May 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willow

      It's unforunate Cheney didn't have that view during the 8 years he was in power and the ability to make policy supporting gay rights, instead he repeatedly supported the GOP matra against gays. Only now that he's out of power does he support his gay child and gay marriage...and he again chose the chickenhawk support of it should be legalized on a state-by-state basis.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Atlantan

      Except Cheney is pro-equality.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda

      Devil Cheney is...

      May 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • HoneyPot

      cheney is an fing murderer

      May 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Actually Dick Cheney has a Lesbian daughter and is supportive of gay rights. But you're right about Mitt's hypocrisy and opportunism.

      May 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amr Azim

      And also, George Bush Jr. has a lesbian daughter.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Every state has shot down gay marriage when it's been brought up!!! Even in California!!! EVERY STATE HAS SHOT IT DOWN!!! BY THE PEOPLE!!!

      May 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • raul

      maybe the people that got shot down should shoot back!!! str8 vermin

      May 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gaylord

      People are much more motivated to go out to vote AGAINST something vs. going out to vote FOR something, especially rabid overemotional conservatives.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • howdoyousayme

      uhhh.. no they haven't – damn how is that a Canadian is more informed about your country than you are? Feels good, does it? Redneck!

      May 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • raul

      i find it insulting that they woudl even go that far to call him gay .. as a gay man. its like calling me str8.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Civil liberties should never be limited by people.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geologic

      Flash back to 1860.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms

      Which is a good argument against direct democracy and not an argument against gay marriage.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Casey

      @ Mike: Yah... And it took a war to end slavery.... So what's your point?

      American opinion on gay rights have been changing incredibly fast. In 10 years there will be federal marriage rights for gays and a strong majority supporting equal rights on the topic.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Most states shot down blacks getting voting rights too. What's your point, other than "the populous are bigots"

      May 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keri

      Not sure what country you have been living in for the last 20 years but these states have ALL legalized gay marriage:

      New York
      New Hampshire
      and the District of Columbia

      Not to mention, New Jersey and Rhode Island will in all likelihood approve it this year as well.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Kerri, not by the voters. Put it to a vote and all would lose by large majority.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      I must have forgotten, you know all.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Grayson

      The same people who go home and make love to their sheep!

      May 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohio

      I don't care how many times you say the same thing, my vote cancels yours!

      May 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marielle

      Then the people are stupid.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SILK

      you do realize Mike that Prop 8 was defeated in California because the Mormon church poured millions of dollars into defeating it. Mitt Romney states he gives millions to charity - that charity is the Mormon church and they use those charitable dollars to fund their narrow political causes?

      May 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Dover

      That's the funny thing, if Liberal California voters turned it down, then this country isn't as LIBERAL as the media let's us to believe...

      May 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Not EVERY state!..

      May 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Human dignity and equality should NEVER be put to a VOTE by popular thought. If I hate white men and women who are red hair and left handed, should I vote to marginalize them. I think NOT

      May 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • perdurabo0

      It's legal in 6 states, so I don't understand what you mean by "Every state has shot down gay marriage when it's been brought up!!!"

      May 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Yes, by allllll the ignorant people....

      May 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • falcon

      Then why is it legal in 9 states?

      May 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LittleBearFN

      Rights of people should never be brought up to poller vote. The results will always be the same. If racial equality were to put to a popular vote, the results would be the same as the vote for Gay equality...

      May 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • A W Messenger

      Glimpses of real hope remain.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      Funny, I could have sworn that I live in a state. I would have bet that Iowa has legal gay marriage.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      @ Mike

      Every state has shot down gay marriage when it's been brought up!!! Even in California!!! EVERY STATE HAS SHOT IT DOWN!!! BY THE PEOPLE!!!

      More lies by close-minded people. There are SIX states that allow Gay marriage. There would be (and might still be) 7 if the Mormon Church hadn't spent $20 million dollars on a factually incorrect fear-based campaign smear to pass Prop 8.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Not Every State!!!!!

      May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      Gay marriage is legal in Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachussets, New York, and Connecticut. Oh and our capital, Washington DC. What are you trying to say? And what does your opinion have to do with the article? He says leave it to the states. Ignorance is bliss, Mike.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • BRIAN

      In 1860 the majority of the south supported slavery. What's your point?

      May 15, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Several states allow for gay marriage.

      Besides, majorities don't have the legal authority to vote away civil rights and freedoms from minority groups.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • indyreader

      "Every state has shot down gay marriage when it's been brought up!!! Even in California!!! EVERY STATE HAS SHOT IT DOWN!!! BY THE PEOPLE!!!"

      Mike, please explain how you distinguish between that and "mob rule." In reality, there's no difference. The canon of US civil law is based on principles first. While majority rule may sound appealing to a third-grader, it's necessarily second to upholding core principles, since we understand that a majority of people can be wrong about the application of a core principle. Fortunately, more of us all the time are realizing that "the government must protect civil rights and privileges equally for all citizens" is a more important core principle – indeed, the single most important axiom upon which civil law is based – than is "there are more of us than you, so we can take away your rights."

      May 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • No, Not Really, No

      @mike BY THE PEOPLE:

      Unfortunately, it isn't always a measure of "what's right" or "what's good" when referring to a majority vote.

      A majority vote declared women should not vote.
      A majority vote declared black folks should not be free.
      A majority vote declared interracial marriage was illegal and determined on a state-by-state basis.

      Sometimes, the majority of voters mustered for a given legislation aren't "right."

      May 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Not all the people in these elections voted against gay marriage - or even close to all the people. And why should other people's personal business (and civil rights( be put to any kind of a vote at all? RIght. It shouldn't.

      May 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tessa

      Great thing about the people Mike, they have a tendency to change their mind. Looking forward to all the NEW ballot initiatives that will be running through the states when President Obama starts his 2nd term.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • aces2jokers

      Even though I don't support Romney but if a person has a policy change after 20 years I think I can forgive them. A lot changes in that time. If he said it last week sure have at him but if he changes after 2 decades I could let it go.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dav

      you are either a fool or lair

      May 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Wow, "outlaw the citizenship rights of gay people"? It is possible to hate Romney on his actual political beliefs without making stuff up.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coflyboy

      Sure, why not? The anti-Obama right wing does it every day!

      May 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      You are at least one step ahead of people, you are questioning. Now maybe instead of accepting the 'words' of this reporter, take the time yourself to find out if this reporter is lying or reporting the truth about "outlaw the citizenship rights of gay people". Sadly they don't report the truth anymore. Oh and by the way, I don't care for obama's political beliefs and I believe they are bad for the country, but I can't hate someone I don't know; I do know I want obama voted out to save the country.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • LynnieMae

      That's what Romney SAYS. There is very little reason to believe that's what Romney really thinks. Actually, Romney is a completely blank slate when it comes to what he thinks, and it's quite possible that he doesn't think very deeply about anything–other than grabbing power for himself.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      Sounds like most politicians.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob the Janitor

      That's funny...I was just thinking the same thing about Obama.

      May 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • hovvy

      politicians mitt and barracko are both ego maniacs

      May 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano558

      Outlaw citizenship rights. Where do you get your information?

      May 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RightyTighty

      If you just keep repeating a lie and eventually people will start to believe it. This is the conerstone the the liberal agenda.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jwarino

      you mean like low corporate taxes creates jobs?

      May 14, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • danieljsf

      Projection. The right always accuses the left of doing what the right itself is always engaged in.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      @danieljsf – really seems to be true

      May 15, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mattski

      Yeah like this one – "Obama has spent 4 trillion dollars in three years and hasn't created one single job." Oh wait that was Ann Coulter's lie at CPAC. But hey, keep repeating it enough and people will start to believe...

      May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim Rigney

      The other guy goes Left, you go Right. Politics 101. ;
      Remember, this is the HIGHEST of stakes and they're both politicians.
      FIRST get elected, THEN fight for change. Can't do the second without doing the first – at all.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Dick Cheney and his lesbian daughter are actually prominent supporters of the gay community.

      May 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeverlyNC

      Just shows yet again Romney is a liar with no values, no principles, and totally clueless how Americans live or what we need. Romney is a destroyer and supports the Ryan budget as "marvelous" while the Catholic Church calls it "immoral". Romney is no leader, cannot be trusted, and should be defeated in a landslide to send Republicans a message not to insult our intelligence with an unqualifed fool who wants to destroy everything the middle class and the poor have left to give it to the rich white population and corrupt corporations like Romney's own Bain Capital which destroyed more jobs than it ever created. They also refused to help the auto industry so Romney is a double liar about his laughable claims he "saved" the auto industry.

      May 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      I can only comment about the auto industry. Romney does say he saved the auto industry but doesn't his campaign say Obama was wrong for bailing them out and they should've had to file bankruptcy? How did he save them again? He's independently VERY wealthy and said he doesn't care about poor people. He's the type that not only won't but can't understand why so many people end up in the ER instead of going to the o doctor with no insurance

      May 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • stainpouch

      You're right. But as evil as Cheney? Probably not. Not yet.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nodack

      Romney is whatever he thinks his base thinks he should be.

      May 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mkat2

      Obama IS whatever will get him votes. Only one core principal for that guy & it's all; me, me, me, my, I, I, I !

      May 14, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1nd3p3n3nt

      at least with cheney you knew what you were getting!

      May 15, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Whoo Hoo...that's why I'm voting for him (Romney). Obama only lies...on days that end in "y".

      May 15, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Ironic that someone with the name "Hamsta" would make such a comment. Speaking from personal experience are you?

    May 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barry from Wisconsin

    That is just plain disgusting – to use a magazine cover for a tasteless parody!

    May 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gman19

    Idiot trash pushing "journalists". Oh puke.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob Nashville

      Daddy touch you to much there me boy-o?

      May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    People, vote your conscience...and let everyone else vote theirs.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fargo

    Wow Newsweek, are you trying to make sure Obama LOSES the next election? Just because he supports gay marriage doesn't mean he's gay, and I'll bet a lot of people who support gay marriage aren't ready for a gay president. Is Newsweek a GOP propaganda machine?

    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      fargo-newsweek doesnt have enough power tomake someone choose pepsi over coke, let alone who is president!

      May 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom 101

      No, free publicity for The Dems & a sensational headline for votes...transparent to the core. At least Obama was honest about the "transparency"...I see right through the deceit.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom 101

      No. Newsweek posted this as a campaign endorsement for their "savior." Obama underestimated the backlash if he was wrong. He will pay in November.

      May 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gman19

    JimB, you're an idiot or a liar, which one??

    May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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