Newsweek hailed Obama as “the first gay president” in homage to Toni Morrison’s reference in 1998 in that Bill Clinton was “the first black president” for his support of the African-American community.
The Newsweek cover included a rainbow halo over a head shot of President Obama, and openly gay journalist Andrew Sullivan penned the article.
cover featured an illustration of the White House with its porch pillars painted in rainbow colors. Bob Staake, the illustrator, said: “I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President’s statement — a statement long overdue — but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history.”