Less than 7 days ago, our Commander and Chief publicly announced his support of gay marriage, which in turn created all sorts of political buzz. His recent statements landed him yet another magazine cover, and this one reeks with controversy. Audacity is the only word that comes to mind in viewing Newsweek’s most recent cover picturing President Obama with a rainbow-colored halo hovering over his head. The visual is enough to ruffle a lot of feathers, but he is also being declared as the ‘first gay president’. The article was strictly based on the opinions of Andrew Sullivan, a writer for the Daily Beast, who parallels President Obama discovering his black identity with his own experience in discovering his gay identity. Newsweek is distributed throughout the United States, as well as internationally, and this is considered cover-worthy news? Newsweek is a highly respected source of information; is it coincidental that this particular opinion article was deemed the most important story of the week?
The president’s support of gay marriage is not the issue here; however, the media’s constant effort to misinterpret his intentions is beyond questionable. The cover will undoubtedly grab the reader’s attention, but did Newsweek go overboard this time around?
The issue hits newsstands on May 21st. Will you be grabbing this for the archives?