He won admiration and respect among the gay and lesbian community following his decision to back same-sex marriage last week.
Now, Newsweek is taking President Obama’s landmark decision to a whole new level. In what is bound to stir up controversy, but also publicity, the magazine is using the shock factor of labeling the straight, married, father-of-two as ‘The First Gay President’.
The article accompanying the cover was written by news magazine’s regular blogger, Andrew Sullivan, who is an openly gay self-titled conservative political pundit.
“When you step back a little and assess the record of Obama on gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration. It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work,” Mr Sullivan said in a statement about the article.
“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 wrote, describing the similarities between Mr Obama and the gay community.
However, we’re more inclined to believe this cover, what with all of its shock value, was really just a way to bolster sales and garner attention in the wake of last week’s Time Magazine cover, which featured a woman breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son.
According to reports, when Tina Brown, who is known for her controversial covers saw Time’s coverage last week, she said “let the games begin!”
What are your thoughts? A brave more or a cheap publicity stunt?