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Andrew Sullivan changes mind about first gay president,
now says it’s Obama (in 2010, he said it was Lincoln)

Since we are perhaps the leading gay conservative blog, I supposed we’re supposed to chime in on the latest Newsweek cover story, given its gay theme and that is written by a prominent gay ex-conservative (still billed by some as a conservative).

I hate to disappoint our readers.  I have no intention of reading the cover story.  There are only so many hours in the day.  And, well, when it comes to Obama, Andrew Sullivan has become remarkably predictable.

Andrew once offered a fresh and unique insight into gay culture and American politics.  Now he just offers the party line.

Indeed, so goofy is he for Obama that he accords him an honor he once bestowed upon Abraham Lincoln.  In October 2010, he held that Abraham Lincoln was gay. And since Lincoln served roughly a century before Obama was born, that would make Obama the second gay president.

To call Obama a “gay president” is to ignore the first two years of his administration when he dragged his feet on repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) and neglected to push Congress to act on DOMA repeal or civil union recognition.  A gay president would have made those issues a priority and would not have needed energetic left-of-center bloggers to spur him on.  Eventually, he did do the right thing on DADT — but only after considerable pressure from those bloggers.  He didn’t do much, if anything, to advance federal recognition of same-sex unions.

With that in mind, I have little interest in reading a piece by Andrew on Obama.  He sees the president not as he is, but as he would like the Democrat to be.

And reading Andrew Sullivan today is like returning to a beloved restaurant only to learn that they have taken all your favorite dishes off the menu and replaced them with the fare served at a chain restaurant, say Arby’s.

At Ace of Spades, Maetenloch offers a somewhat snarky spin, contending that “at this point“:

. . . it’s well known that Newsweek columnist Andrew Sullivan is a single-issue writer. . . – everything revolves around gay marriage. And he will rearrange entire worldviews, logic systems, and even his own memories to always make it so that support for gay marriage is the ‘conservative’ choice.

Jennifer Rubin thinks the cover is a gift to Romney.

*And, no, I don’t think Abraham Lincoln was gay.



  1. He also said Sarah Palin has a magic uterus, the dude is bonkers.

    Comment by V the K — May 15, 2012 @ 6:08 am - May 15, 2012

  2. Remember the article that came out about Jimmy Carter and the killer rabbit in 1980? That was the moment you knew his presidency was a joke — and that Ronald Reagan was going to be the next POTUS. I think we may be seeing something similar here — although more inadvertent. Obama as a goofy-looking gay demi-god? Does it get any better than this for Republicans? The progressive press has made an absolute mockery of Obama without even knowing it — thanks in large part to clueless gays and in particular Andrew Sullivan (and of course to Obama’s own political blundering). Isn’t it great to know that the gay left and Sully might have finally done in Mr. Hope and Change? Let’s see… how many electoral votes did Ronald Reagan get…

    Comment by Elephant in the Room — May 15, 2012 @ 11:15 am - May 15, 2012

  3. Apparently everyone has forgotten about James Buchanan, aka Miss Nancy, America’s truly first Gay president. Buchanan and his various ‘significant others” – including a couple of US Senators – were the talk of Washington before and during his presidential term. But you can never convince some folks of this. They’ll hold on to the illusion that Bill Clinton was our first ‘black” president and that Obozo is our first “Gay” president until their dying days.

    Comment by Mart Martin — May 15, 2012 @ 12:14 pm - May 15, 2012

  4. Mart, you’re forgetting Lincoln, who was famously known as the Tailsplitter.

    Comment by JennOfArk — May 15, 2012 @ 12:51 pm - May 15, 2012

  5. It is becoming a habit of the left lately to bestow titles. Bill Clinton, the First Black President and now Barak Obama , the First Gay President. If Hillary should be elected in 2016, she´ll be the First Lesbian President. What job will she give Donna S.?

    Comment by Roberto — May 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm - May 15, 2012

  6. If anybody doubts me, it was Bill, himself, who said that ¨Hilllary has had more women then me.¨

    Comment by Roberto — May 15, 2012 @ 1:30 pm - May 15, 2012

  7. <blockquote cite="He also said Sarah Palin has a magic uterus, the dude is bonkers"

    Comment by Jman1961 — May 20, 2012 @ 9:02 am - May 20, 2012

  8. Comment by Jman1961 — May 20, 2012 @ 9:02 am - May 20, 2012

  9. Comment by Jman1961 — May 20, 2012 @ 9:06 am - May 20, 2012

  10. and Thank you , X

    Comment by Jman1961 — May 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am - May 20, 2012

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