As an American who was employed at the UN for 20 years, I would add to the president's long list of accomplishments his advocacy for LGBT persons residing beyond our nation's borders. Since Obama took office the U.S. has become a key player in the global fight for LGBT rights.
A terrified gay teenager in middle America has just been told by the president that he or she has just as much a right to love and marry. And that teenager doesn't care about your intellectual meanderings of politicking. All that teenager knows is that it just got better.
Even if you accept Toni Morrison's premise that Bill Clinton was "the first black president," which of course Andrew Sullivan is working off of in his essay in Newsweek, it just falls flat when applied to Obama and gays.
I didn't have an extra $40,000 to go to George Clooney's party to support Barack Obama for president. I wish I could have gone. I worked with George 20 years ago. You only see the back of my head nodding. To me, that was a metaphor for how it was to be an openly gay actor back then.