This is not what Barack Obama expected for a coming-out party. The “historic” revelation that he is now fully evolved, as from tadpole to frog, and now grooves on same-sex marriage, was meant to be marked with quiet ceremony. No music, no flowers, no kiss, no dancing, not even a cupcake.
Rage and outrage over same-sex marriage would take everybody’s mind off the dreary economy, which whimpers on. Everybody was then supposed to shut up and get back to work (for those with work).
Instead, the president gets his photograph (with a rainbow halo) on the cover of Newsweek magazine as “the first gay president,” all the Sunday-morning political talk shows were devoted to endless gasbaggery about gays and marriage, and even Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the heartthrob of the Upper East Side, complained that the president’s coming-out might have set back the campaign for “full equality” for gay caballeros.
Several Democratic senators who comprise an endangered species in November – senators from Montana, Missouri, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida – quickly began trying to put distance between themselves and the president’s evolutionary moment. Opposition to same-sex marriage is strongest in black precincts, and losing only a percentage point or two in turnout could be fatal to Democratic candidates, including the president.
If that were not bad news enough, Rep. Barney Frank, the most celebrated gay dog in Congress, says he won’t invite Mr. Obama to his long-awaited nuptials, scheduled for July. He doesn’t want the vast presidential security apparatus tracking through the house, with Secret Service agents stepping on the tulle and peau de soie and banging into the wedding presents spread out everywhere.
The president called some of the five pastors he consults regularly for religious guidance, needing five (instead of the one pastor the rest of us usually rely on) to repair the collateral damage, which the White House fears might be considerable…
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