Barack Obama: The First Gay President!

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In the mid-90s, author Toni Morrison famously referred to Bill Clinton as "the first black President" based on his empathy, efforts to foster broad socioeconomic equality and commitment to issues important to African-American community at large.

Newsweek plays off this quote in its new cover story on President Barack Obama.

Following Obama's public support of same-sex marriage, he has been dubbed The First Gay President ... in a manner of speaking of course:

Barack Obama Newsweek Cover

While Obama's statement was groundbreaking and bold, will his "coming out" on behalf of gay marriage even make a different in November’s election?

"If you were going to cast your vote based on a candidate's position regarding same-sex marriage, you were already going to vote for Obama [or] Romney based on that," Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank said on ABC's This Week.

"I literally don't think anybody's vote was changed one way or the other."

In any case, Obama’s end to “evolving” on gay marriage will continue to generate critical comment, and not all of it positive, even from the left.

“His embrace of gay marriage was not a profile in courage,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote, taking issue with adulation shown toward the President (such as on the cover above) more than anything.

“Even when he does the right thing, by the time he does it and in the way he does it, he drains away excitement and robs himself of the admiration he would otherwise be due ... Why doesn’t he just do the exhilarating thing immediately?"

"Why does he have to be dragged kicking and screaming to principle?”

With Obama's face pictured looking skyward and a rainbow-colored halo above his head, the controversial cover leads to a story written by openly gay writer Andrew Sullivan, a self-described political conservative.

The boundary-pushing May 21 Newsweek issue featuring Obama, available Monday, comes after Time magazine's breastfeeding cover last week, which featured an attractive 26-year-old mother nursing her toddler son.

The cover sparked strong reactions across the world last week and led a Newsweek spokesperson to tell the New York Post that the magazine's editor Tina Brown had viewed the cover as a challenge.

"When Tina saw the Time cover, she laughed and said, 'Let the games begin,'" the spokesperson told the Post.

Game on.

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Obama is only getting picked cause he's black. I MEAN COME ON, why? Who was that terrible president who people would act as if he's a saint? And now Obama is trying to do good, and now he's the worst president we've ever had. It's sad how racist some people can be.

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Obama is only getting picked cause he's black. I MEAN COME ON, why? Who was that terrible president who people would act as if he's a saint? And now Obama is trying to do good, and now he's the worst president we've ever had. It's sad how racist some people can be.

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HeGots my vote.My kid is gay so hell yes.I am changing parties.Most folks do not grasp gay kids til you have one.love..love-them.

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Wow diva and others! Since I could never vote on the same side as someone who hates my kind so much, I cant vote for the Right.
Obama should thank you and other bigots like you for my vote, my campaigning to friends and maybe even cash contribution.
And in a year when he is in office and I marry my boyfriend, I will post my wedding photos here just for you special people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gay marriage is just yuk...

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PERFECTLY SAID, KODY.
I AGREE WITH YOU 100% .

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NO! To same sex marriage thats like a Dog returing to it's own Vomit.

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This is all about pandering...winning another four years...convincing a faction of America to open their wallets and contribute to The Anointed Ones' campaign. And that's all it is! I can't believe that those who support this man can't smell the stench of hypocrisy and manipulation in this purely political move! Wake up will ya?!?

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If this bum gets re-elected it only goes to show you how dumbed down Americans have gotten.

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I am voting for the candidate that is open minded that is not so stuck on a point of view that they can not be swayed by. Changing times and mores