Monday, 14 May 2012
Magazine names Obama 'The First Gay President'
Now Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage, and Newsweek wasted no time in capitalising on the buzz.
Days after Time showed a woman breastfeeding a three-year-old and the New Yorker re-imagined the White House with rainbow columns, Newsweek one-upped their counterparts in the controversy stakes.
The magazine cover features a headshot of POTUS looking thoughtfully, accompanied by a glowing rainbow halo.
The compelling image of Mr Obama - not only the President of the United States but a father of two young girls - clings onto the back of last week's televised announcement.
Mr Obama confirmed his support of same-sex marriage on Good Morning America, after vice-President Joe Biden let it slip he was behind the issue.
That misstep brought forward Mr Obama's decision to address his position, which he had previously planned to keep away from election.
The author of Newsweek's provocative article - openly gay Andrew Sullivan - says Americans shouldn't be sceptical on the timing.
"When you step back a little assess the record of Obama n gay rights, you see, in fact, that this was not an aberration," he said.
"It was an inevitable culmination of three years of work."
The magazine, headed by Tina Brown whose reputation boasts plenty of controversy, added: "Don't believe the cynics".