by Benjamin J. Kirby
I don't do a lot of promoting of other bloggers here. Maybe I should, but I don't.
Tonight is an exception. Stop reading this, and go read the Bark Bark Woof Woof piece on the Newsweek cover, "The First Gay President," about Obama and his remarks on same-sex marriage.
Newsweek is out (no pun intended) with a cover photo and essay by Andrew Sullivan that dubs President Obama as the "first gay president."
Both Newsweek and Mr. Sullivan are shorthanding the president's support of same-sex marriage by labeling him as gay. Except I'm not comfortable with the label -- not that there's anything wrong with it -- and the idea that supporting same-sex marriage and other civil rights for the LGBTQ community makes him gay. If that's the case, my parents and a lot of my family members are gay, too, which would come as both a surprise to them and their respective children and spouses. It would also apply to a number of people I know who are demonstrably straight. It's catchy, it sells magazines, and I'm sure the editors of Newsweek felt they had to come up with something to counter last week's Time magazine cover article on breastfeeding. (Oh, please, don't even go there.)
If there was just one blog in Florida, I'd hope it would be Bark Bark Woof Woof. If there was just one blogger, I hope it would be Mustang Bobby.
This post is exactly the kind of media criticism I love to read.
The president did a good thing, a bold thing, a politically risky thing -- "bumpersticker journalism," as Bobby aptly describes it, doesn't help the issue. In fact, it sort of dumbs it down.
I sometimes feel a little out of place on certain issues. As a straight, white, quasi-agnostic, middle-age guy, I find it difficult to articulate a practical, articulate position in a lot of cases. President Obama said he supports same-sex marriage. That's great -- so do I. I doubt so many people care about what guy like me thinks about it. Thank god for people like Bobby who have discussed issues around the gay rights movement with a refreshing pragmatism too rarely seen in the blogging world (and he indeed picked the perfect Quote of the Day earlier...).
That is not to say that Bobby is the "gay rights" blogger -- he's certainly not. He has commented on the Republican race for the presidential nomination, and provided some of the best stuff out there. He's got a film preview link, a quick post about the resurgence of whooping cough, and a tune from Booker T and the MGs.
And he posts a hell of a lot more frequently than I do, so there's that. Make him a daily read, if you're not already.