Rainbow Rant: What of our first gay president?
Last week, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, visited the White House. Though it's common for foreign dignitaries to visit Washington, D.C., this visit was extra special — special, because it revealed an interesting trait in our resident POTUS, Donald Trump.
To see Trump reveal his true self was something spectacular. He was excited. He was touchy. He appeared elated to see Macron in the flesh. He stared into his eyes. He offered prolonged handshakes. He gently brushed dust off of the French president's collar. To some, he was asserting his dominance, but to any trained queer eye, his actions only attested to the fact that Donald Trump is indeed a power bottom.
It's hard to place Donald Trump on the spectrum. He presents himself as a powerful businessman who's always in control, speaking of himself as if he is the alpha and omega. HE is the reason for everything. The wind blows because he made a deal with Mother Nature. It rains every time he takes a shower. He is so sure of himself that he credits himself at least 15 times in every public speech. One would think he doesn't have a weakness, but last week proved that he does, and it's obviously French men.
I jokingly bring this up because watching the two presidents awkwardly greet one another got me thinking. If we had an openly gay president, we would also have a gay first lady or first gentleman, which would mean that the world would have to get used to seeing two men or two women show each other affection openly, assuming that gay POTUS was even married in the first place.
A lot of our traditions would look completely different. There would be a same-sex couple dancing at the inaugural ball. This first lady or gentleman would also be the face of a specific cause that they believed in, such as homelessness, or Just Say No to drugs. We then would have to hear this presidential couple's naysayers prattle on about how the new gay face of America is ruining the future of our children for various reasons. And so on.
There is a part of me that wants to believe we have come to a place where we can have this type of couple in the highest office and be fine. But judging by the reactions generated by these two (straight) presidents showing each other affection, some of which bordered on the homophobic, we're not there yet. Hopefully this noise is just a blip between news cycles, because if we are truly looking for equality and change, then two men embracing should not trigger such a comically outsized reaction.
Or maybe I'm looking at it too deeply and the interactions were just horribly awkward. Time will tell.