He's not "the first gay president", kids
|The Tacky Gods themselves do tremble.|
From Renee @ Womanist Musings:
You don't take on the identity of a marginalized person simply be attempting to be an ally. Now, to be clear, I'm not pulling a no homo here, I am talking about the appropriation of a marginalized identity in order to give the appearance of being liberal, inclusive and tolerant. A straight man, cannot by definition be the gay president. He can advocate for GLBT rights and in fact should do so, but I reject this appropriation.Yeah...that pretty much nails it.
I have never seen Obama as a true leftist, despite the way that the American right tries to paint him as the second coming of Karl Marx. He only appears to be left, because the right is so far out of touch with reality.
By all means, kudos to the POTUS taking this stance openly, and by kudos I mean, "Nice political play there, son." This man is neither an idiot nor a weakling, and so people who keep downplaying this statement can dream on. And his himophobic supporters need to get over themselves. Obama is slick in all the ways only a POC president would be. He and his wife have never failed to see this country exactly for what it is: a nation of second-class citizens. Naturally, it would take a second-class citizen President to publicly acknowledge this.
Basically the man has thrown down the gauntlet and let folks come to their own conclusions about our choice of political candidates: You either support women's healthcare or you don't. You either support gay rights or you don't. You either publicly acknowledge the inequalities leveled towards women and people of color, or you don't.
And every time you don't, somewhere out there, a second-class citizen voter makes a mental note of it.