Newsweek finally goes where none have gone before

posted at 4:31 pm on May 13, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Are you kidding me? I get that Andrew Sullivan is a man with an agenda and I completely support his right to make his opinions heard. I also understand that Newsweek – like any other publication – is in business to make a profit and that frequently involves pushing the envelope in terms of catching the public’s attention. But at what point is too much simply too much? When is the shark definitively jumped and the daily bread burned past any reasonable definition of being toast? Ladies and gentlemen, this would be that point.

First Gay President Large

Politico “explains.”

“‘Let the games begin,” Tina Brown said last week after Time Magazine released its controversial breastfeeding cover.

Brown, whose tenure as editor at Newsweek has seen an array of controversial covers, will respond with the above, pegged to Andrew Sullivan’s piece on Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “The First Gay President.”

The poster that comes from this is going to sell millions. Take that to the bank.

I’m not such a political neophyte as to suggest that this is unique in politics, but the bold faced, brazen machinations and ham handed plotting which have characterized this “evolution” in the President’s position on the subject at hand are rather breathtaking. And I’m not saying that people don’t actually “evolve” in their positions, beliefs or ideology. I know that my own attitudes and beliefs in my twenties were a far cry – in some instances at least – from where I stand in my fifties. Very few of us spring out of the halls of high school fully formed with all of the opinions we’ll hold until the grave.

But these evolutions generally take place over a long period of time, as exposure to new people and different ideas are examined and experimented with. Some are kept, others are rejected. Barack Obama, on the other hand, has gone in the course of less than a decade from full throated support of gay marriage to full opposition on religious grounds, back to full support. Are we really supposed to be buying this?

Apparently Mr. Sullivan thinks so. And Newsweek is more than happy to jump on board with a cover which will probably go down as one of the most ridiculed and satirized efforts in the history of magazine publication. (But I wouldn’t mind a piece of the sales from the poster, though.) Yeesh.


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Heh. Larry Sinclair may concur.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Buchanan?

steebo77 on May 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Bill Clinton is the “first black president”.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

by the way the world is on the precipice, do these idiots realize how out of touch they are?

rob verdi on May 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

by the way the world is on the precipice, do these idiots realize how out of touch they are?

rob verdi on May 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Be gay!

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Saw this on twitter, checked the date and am still waiting for the BZZZZZZT we gots ya. LOLOLOLOL.

Sigh.

Nope. It appears this is for real. Wonder if there’s a shout out to Palin’s uterus in the article.

kim roy on May 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

All he needs are some earrings to go with the gaylo.

HotAirian on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I smell desperation. And desperation smells like rainbows.

jukin3 on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Shark jumped. Bridges burned. Bread toasted.

You left out “sharp objects”, “big sticks” and other composites.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Finally- something everyone can agree on.

Chuck Schick on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Yes, I absolutely agree.

Barak Obama, America’s first Flaming President.

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

So it is true,
Mooch is a tranny ……
I knew it

burrata on May 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Will this make Hillary Clinton America’s First Transvestite President?

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

This has to be the most misguided move of the campaign.

To quote Heatseaker, a lot of people of all colors and creeds don’t want gayness shoved down their throats

CorporatePiggy on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Finally- something everyone can agree on.

Chuck Schick on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Would go along way towards explaining the queer lisp.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Homosexuals have now even co-opted the halo.

Now it’s a gaylo.

Great.

FlatFoot on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Little Bammie has a point, in this picture.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Actually, it explains a lot.

MikeA on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

To quote Heatseaker, a lot of people of all colors and creeds don’t want gayness shoved down their throats

CorporatePiggy on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Poor choice of words there.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Hell, I could have told Newsweek this the day those photos of Barry came out of him biking around Martha’s Vineyard on his girlie bike with his cute little safety helmet on.

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This isn’t just jumping the shark… this is jumping the shark and doing aerial aerobics and landing on ballerina Toe with a giant bow!

upinak on May 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Shouldn’t he be bending over and grabbing his ankles or is he the one who is being watched by the gimp?

Smedley on May 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

by the way the world is on the precipice, do these idiots realize how out of touch they are?

rob verdi on May 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

You don’t want to spook the masses with reality do you? Relax and enjoy the fancy fiddle music and keep your distance from the flames.

BL@KBIRD on May 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m not such a political neophyte as to suggest that this is unique in politics, but the bold faced, brazen machinations and ham handed plotting which have characterized this “evolution” in the President’s position on the subject at hand are rather breathtaking.

While having changed nada. He is a charlatan like no other, ever, in history.

The picture…as ‘good’ as this one.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

soundsss like sssteam esscaping.

tom daschle concerned on May 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Looking forward to seeing Obambam in @$$less Chaps ,
dancing on a float……at the SF Pride parade :O

burrata on May 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

James Buchanan was the first gay president. He had a homosexual relationship with Alabama Senator Rufus King. Andrew Jackson referred to King as Buchanan’s wife.

andy85719 on May 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

my wife told me about this this AM…i misunderstood and thought she was talking about a parody of barry.

Sadly no. She also pointed out that it looks more like a Hula Hoop. So, I say the first Hula Hoop preezy.

r keller on May 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

America’s president is fabulous!

princetrumpet on May 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

If Newsweek had any guts at all, they’d boldly proclaim the Undeniable Truth:

Barak Obama, America’s First Vaginal President.

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Time to pray the gay away.

WhatNot on May 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

His relatives disapprove.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

btw, I think there’s 1 or 2 percent of the population that self IDs as gay/lezzer, so I guess that would be a big bump in Newsweek circulation numbers

r keller on May 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

This isn’t just jumping the shark… this is jumping the shark and doing aerial aerobics and landing on ballerina Toe with a giant bow!

upinak on May 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

SNORT

gophergirl on May 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

If i was into being offended, id probably find this offensive. But i dont…its pathetic.

Im sure some whiny coaster thinks it brave.

tom daschle concerned on May 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I smell desperation. And desperation smells like rainbows.

jukin3 on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

This desperation smells like ‘prison sex’

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

OT: Time to buy more popcorn people:

Democratic Party chairman resigns, then unresigns

GREENSBORO — David Parker, the besieged state Democratic Party chairman, said Saturday that he would remain in his post after the party’s ruling committee voted not to accept his resignation.

In doing so, Parker defied pressure from party leaders from Washington to Raleigh to step aside because of the concern that his handling of sexual harassment accusations by a staffer would damage the party’s efforts in the fall.

Chip on May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Is that one of those Windy City Novelties Premium 5 Color Glow Necklaces above his head?

What a novelty idea!

de rigueur on May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

When I saw this on Drudge – I just shook my head. It’s amazing how nothing the left does suprises me anymore. They are that disgusting.

gophergirl on May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well give Newsweek some credit…. look at ALL that grey hairs!!!

upinak on May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And yet they wonder why the rest of the world is laughing at us………

waterytart on May 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Just in case anyone hasn’t put two and two together – do you see the meme coming together with the Washington Compost story on Mitt and now this?

Chip on May 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

look at ALL that grey hairs!!!

upinak on May 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I believe you mean ghey hairs.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Homosexuals have now even co-opted the halo.

Now it’s a gaylo.

Great.

FlatFoot on May 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Gaylo!

Copyright that my friend; you shall be wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.

And Thank You NEWSWEAK!

The ad writes itself.

Meme planted.

Bruno Strozek on May 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Poster sales?

It is unlawful to use the image of the President of the United States for private use in any way, shape, or form. The famous “Obama poster” was while he was just a candidate (and it seems that was also plagiarized from a photograph without credit, no honor among thieves).

Adjoran on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

You’d think that this stuff would hurt Obama overall. But then again Romney’s going to be forced now to take a stand on the issue. Every one of us knew what Obama really thought about gay marriage. We don’t know what tack Romney’s going to take. And here all these squishy types thought they could just punt on the social issues.

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Shouldn’t there be a diamond stud in his ear?

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

If they had any guts at all, they’d photo shop a picture of him wearing a dress and call him America’s First Tranny President.

Not that there would be anything wrong with that…

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Shouldn’t there be a diamond stud in his ear?

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Would you wanna draw any more attention to those pitcher handles?

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’ll be up at 5 tomorrow tuned to Morning Joe to see if Tina stops by. I have a feeling she’ll grin and smirk when bald dumbbell Heilmann and Politico Dude and Boobinski and Mush Mouth Gene Robinson all scream at her. Mush Mouth will moan it’s the most racist cover he’s ever seen. Tina will just grin more.

Marcus on May 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

If he’s gay, then how did he get married in Illinois? Wait, if he’s gay, why did he marry a woman? Wait, is Michelle a woman? Wait, did he steal those kids from somewhere?

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

The day of purging the TWANLOC draws ever closer.

Dack Thrombosis on May 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

What I wouldn’t have given to be at the Obama 2012 strategy: “Mr President – we need you to be gayer.”

Chuck Schick on May 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

obama’s head looks like a toddler’s sippy cup.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

They should’a led with the jellyfish story.

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

\they didn’t jump the shark. Thoy rode the dolphin.

bernverdnardo1 on May 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

obama’s head looks like a toddler’s sippy cup.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Speaking of that – have you seen the photoshop of the Time magazine article with Clooney/Obama?

HILARIOUS!

gophergirl on May 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Obama needs to initiate a special tax since LGBT’s are clamoring for more rights, they should be burdened with commensurate responsibilities.

A “Gay Tax” for those happy with their new status.

An extra 10% deducted to cover all of the new costs that they have brought onto the nation.

profitsbeard on May 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

His Muslim relatives will not approve of this. That’s hilarious. Barry is teh ghey. That’s some evolution. Newsweek had to have known they were skewering him. They’ll make a quick buck out of it.

Philly on May 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

You don’t suppose Newsweak actually secretly hates Obama and is doing its darndest to torpedo the guy, do ya?

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

And now, for our next trick, we will convince the masses that “I’m personally for gay marriage, but the States should decide” is completely different than “I’m against gay marriage personally, but the States should decide.”

nogooddeed on May 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Speaking from a graphic design viewpoint, it’s bad concept incompetently executed. It could persuade me that there couldn’t have been any coordination between administration and media on this meme, because only a tight turnaround could excuse such horribly shoddy work.

sistrum on May 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Why did Tina Brown do this to Barack Obama’s campaign?

Dr Evil on May 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’m sorry. But if this a$$hole somehow gets close to being re-elected, America has to be the biggest collection of stupid ever assembled.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Need a job?

Obama campaign os hiring thousands.

Job entails yanking Newsweek mags off grocery store aisles.

Location – VA NC and rural OH PA IA and MI

swamp_yankee on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Apparently Mr. Sullivan thinks so. And Newsweek is more than happy to jump on board with a cover which will probably go down as one of the most ridiculed and satirized efforts in the history of magazine publication.

You wanna bet? It’ll be pretty frigid in hades the day SNL, Daily Show, Colbert, MSNBC, CNN, et al. find anything to satirize in this. Not when there is real news to report – like Romney’s 3rd grade bahavioral habits.

Huckabye-Romney on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

looking at his level of past girlfriends, they may be more right than they would really be comfortable with…

astonerii on May 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I’m sorry. But if this a$$hole somehow gets close to being re-elected, America has to be the biggest collection of stupid ever assembled.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Well, if he is re-elected, as I think he will be, what does that say about the GOP?

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

the shark definitively jumped

The only way it could have been more obvious would be if Ted McGinley had written the article.

PerceptorII on May 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Now I know why Putin cancelled the Camp David trip; he didn’t want to find out what Obama meant by more flexibility.

RedRedRice on May 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Job entails yanking Newsweek mags off grocery store aisles.

Location – VA NC and rural OH PA IA and MI

swamp_yankee on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Haha no kidding. Something tells me they’ll soon realize this wasn’t the best general election strategy.

Chuck Schick on May 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You don’t suppose Newsweak actually secretly hates Obama and is doing its darndest to torpedo the guy, do ya?

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Actually, thats a good question. Their “WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW” stuff sure scared the hell out of everyone. That probably had more to do with the beginning of the tea party than anything Rick Santelli said.

bernverdnardo1 on May 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Job entails yanking Newsweek mags off grocery store aisles.

Location – VA NC and rural OH PA IA and MI

swamp_yankee on May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I haven’t seen a copy of Newsweek on sale in a rack in ages.

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well, if he is re-elected, as I think he will be, what does that say about the GOP?

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Doesn’t say anything. David Duke should win going away against this putz.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

James Buchanan was the first gay president. He had a homosexual relationship with Alabama Senator Rufus King. Andrew Jackson referred to King as Buchanan’s wife.

andy85719 on May 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

And that worked out just as well for the country

WryTrvllr on May 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You know, the term “gay” is the homosexuals preferred euphemism when referring to homosexuals. Personally,
I always refer to them as homosexuals, it really irritates them.

Why use the language they prefer, call them what they are.

PakviRoti on May 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Newsweek has the same strategy as Obama – pandering to the far, far-left and minority groups in the hope of survival.

Can you think of anything more irrelevant in 2012 than a weekly news or opinion magazine?

bw222 on May 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I guess that makes Big Mo a faghag.

Pork-Chop on May 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Barackback Mountain–”You can’t quit me Moochelle”…

hillsoftx on May 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Sullivan is delusional.

Brown on the other hand just kicked Obama in the balls for sales. A

swamp_yankee on May 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I personally don’t think he’s man enough to be gay….

Caper29 on May 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Well, sheesh, I coulda told em that.

Shay on May 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Again, here is a link to a UK blog where the guy is now in trouble for an advert for the Coalition for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage. It’s freaking unbelievable: http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/advertising-standards-authority.html

Blake on May 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

We are all gay socialists now

John the Libertarian on May 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I sure won’t be sending my resume to Obama, that’s for sure.

Electrongod on May 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The Gay House.

Akzed on May 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The poster that comes from this is going to sell millions. Take that to the bank.

Millions of what? Cheap hula hoops?

It looks like a dollar store ad for crappy toys.

Cody1991 on May 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

His relatives disapprove.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

He’ll throw some US taxpayer money at them,
they’ll shut up.

burrata on May 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

It’s now official.

Teh Regime is Teh Ghey.

wildcat72 on May 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

What a joke. This guy will go down (no pun intended) as the worst of the worst.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Brown on the other hand just kicked Obama in the balls for sales. A

swamp_yankee on May 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

That’s what I thought. I pictured a frantic phone call to Newsweak from the White House:

“WTF ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO US! QUIT TRYING TO HELP, A**HOLES!”

Dack Thrombosis on May 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I haven’t seen a copy of Newsweek on sale in a rack in ages.

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Unless I am mistaken, Newsweek dropped newsstand sales about two years ago.

bw222 on May 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I could have told Newsweek this the day those photos of Barry came out of him biking around Martha’s Vineyard on his girlie bike with his cute little safety helmet on.

CoolCzech on May 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

… or throwing out the first pitch. In mom jeans.

AZfederalist on May 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I’d rather see more breast feeding covers or just more breasts.

vcferlita on May 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I smell desperation. And desperation smells like rainbows.

jukin3 on May 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

..you have abbalutely nailed it! I keep thinking that if his tongue-bathing MSM press corpse have to WORK THIS HARD THIS EARLY then there must be a passel of turds frloating in those punch bowls that they call The Pantload’s internal polls.

The War Planner on May 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Well, if he is re-elected, as I think he will be, what does that say about the GOP?

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Doesn’t say anything. David Duke should win going away against this putz.

Lanceman on May 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Should. Which means Romney should win in a landslide. But if he loses in a close one…

Newsweek has the same strategy as Obama – pandering to the far, far-left and minority groups in the hope of survival.

Can you think of anything more irrelevant in 2012 than a weekly news or opinion magazine?

bw222 on May 13, 2012 at 5:04 PM

A sucker punch is coming up. All “teh ghey” remarks are going to be paraded out non-stop as proof of GOP homophobia. You’re being played again.

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Forget about the hula hoop over his head…….

those ears are freaking me out.

Cody1991 on May 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Well, if he is re-elected, as I think he will be, what does that say about the GOP?

ddrintn on May 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

That the top half of any bell curve minus one SD, is less then 50%

WryTrvllr on May 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

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