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The Down-Low President?

By Arthur Goldwag on December 12, 2011 - 11:42 am, Posted in Conspiracies

Over the last few months, the question has been coming up again and again in the comments sections of right-wing websites: Why is the mainstream media putting Herman Cain’s and other Republicans’ sex lives under a microscope while the president gets a free pass on his gay escapades?

It’s true that the rumors about Obama’s homosexuality have set off barely a whisper in the legitimate news media. But in the anti-Obama blogosphere, the murmurs have become a veritable drumbeat, especially since Obama’s long-form birth certificate was made public, depriving the birther movement of so much of its impetus. When the White House issued a statement about longtime aide Reggie Love’s resignation on November 10, one far-right blog heralded the “historic and unprecedented press release — where a male President of the United States has announced his breakup with a male staffer and longtime lover.”

Back on August 16, Rush Limbaugh made a point of mentioning a viral E-mail he had received about the mystery of Obama’s former girlfriends. “It’s a takeoff on where are all of the students Obama taught who claim to have been inspired by him when he taught law at the University of Chicago,” he explained. “Where are all of the former classmates of Obama who can tell wonderful stories about their experience with Obama on campus or in the classroom? And they are interesting because those people haven’t surfaced. There aren’t any ex-girlfriends that have admitted it. Students that have been inspired by Obama as a professor, they haven’t come forth. Media hasn’t dug ‘em up.”

While Limbaugh left the question hanging, satisfied with mere innuendo, others have been less circumspect. Larry Sinclair wrote a book called Barack Obama and Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies, and Murder? in which he claims to have done cocaine with Obama on two occasions in 1999 and performed oral sex on him. He also accuses Obama of conspiring with his former minister, Jeremiah Wright, to murder several gay members of the Trinity United Church of Christ (Ben Smith of Politico detailed Sinclair’s extensive criminal background back in 2008, when Sinclair held a press conference at the National Press Club – after which he was promptly arrested on an outstanding warrant).

The conspiratorially inclined blogger Wayne Madsen released a special report in May 2010 that was picked up by the tabloid The Globe. It tied a host of scurrilous stories into a grand gay conspiracy that not only recapitulated Sinclair’s outrageous accusations but tied Rahm Emanuel (like Obama, Madsen claimed, a lifetime member of a gay Chicago bathhouse), disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich, the imprisoned real estate developer Tony Rezko, and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald into the story as well. Madsen goes on to claim that Obama’s male paramours have included not just Reggie Love but former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

It’s vicious, bilious stuff that can’t but remind anyone with a long memory of the equally mean-spirited, unsubstantiated rumors that swirled around the Clintons — about Vince Foster’s allegedly “suspicious” suicide and the supposed cover-up following Ron Brown’s plane crash, to name just a couple. Linda Thompson’s “Clinton Body Count” accused the Clintons of involvement in as many as 34 other deaths (the Clintons were reputed to have cold-bloodedly murdered everyone who could possibly say damaging things about them, except, as it turned out, the ones who could and did, like Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, Ken Starr, and so many more). Of course Obama and Clinton aren’t unique; all presidents have had to deal with rumors. Back in the 1950s, there were rumors that Eisenhower’s mother was black; FDR’s enemies called him a secret Jew.

But Obama is unique in that he has been the object of virtually every kind of bigotry there is. For haters, anyway, he offers something for everyone: his race, his national origin, his father’s and stepfather’s Islamic beliefs, his supposedly left-wing politics, even his sexuality. And the election season is only starting.

  • Say what?

    Beyond me why someone being gay and others referencing it is considered hate speech or whatever splc calls truth.

  • Arthur Goldwag

    From’s copy presenting Larry Sinclair’s book (presumably provided by its publisher): “This is a staggeringly true story of how the sitting U.S.President with the help of the Mainstream Media, the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, the Delaware Attorney General and others got away with murder and more….”

  • Linda E. Walsh

    Uh, yes that is what the Reich Winger Extremists do; if they can not find anything on a person whom they see as an opponent or a threat, they brand that person as a homosexual. Probably, that person is in not in any way gay, but the far right exploits all the predjudice and hate that hovers around the label homosexual for all it is worth knowing it is a good way of ruining a person’s reputation and life. Guess how I know ?

  • Larry Sinclair

    @Arthur Goldwag

    Perhaps you sir should have checked your facts and maybe even read my book before you decided to publish your own fabricated fantasy claims:

    1. No where in my book nor anywhere do I make any such accusations: “He also accuses Obama of conspiring with his former minister, Jeremiah Wright, to murder several gay members of the Trinity United Church of Christ .”

    2. Perhaps you should have noted Ben Smiths Politico blog was deliberately fabricated as has been demonstrated very well in the last 4 years.

    3. Daivd Weigel whom you quote from has alligned himself with people who photo peoples photos and post them wearing KKK hoods or hitler attaire the very things the SPLC is supposed to be against.

    4. I was not arrested after the Press Conference on an “outstanding warrant” as you reposted here. Perhaps you should have looked a little deeper into the facts before you repeated untruths and half truths. Per the DC Court records themselves I was arrested on a charge the US Attorney didn’t bother to file until the day after I was taken into custody. Either way the charges were all dismissed. Maybe you should have mentioned that part as well.

  • A. T. Murray

    When someone asks President Obama at a press conference to comment on these rumors that he was a homsexual partner of Larry Sinclair, then I may start to doubt the rumors. Until then, I host the Wayne Madsen Report about the rumors on my personal website because Mr. Wayne Madsen keeps the original story behind the pay-per-view paywall of his website. I voted for Mr. Obama in 2008, and my aunt was the best friend of Obama’s mother here in Seattle when they were thirteen years old. I was hoping that Obama would end the overseas wars, but he has enlarge the war against the people of Afghanistan, so I will personally see to Obama’s removal from office as a war-monger.

  • Bernard

    These Teabag Republicans have gone for the paranoiac prize: The absence of a sex scandal is, itself, a sex scandal.

  • Aron



    How stupid can you possibly be?

  • Bruce Deitrick Price

    I don’t understand this recitation. These stories are, in fact, all over the internet. Very specific. Very consistent. So where’s the denial? How can the SPLC speak of HATE if it’s true? The sense I’m getting is that the real story might swirl around the word adultery. Have Mr. and Mrs. O committed adultery, in or near the White House?

  • Gregory

    Maybe Concerned Citizen has a point. I can kind of see Bill Frist as a “down low” kind of guy, like Larry Craig.

  • IThink

    ^Concerned Citizen is right on his money!

    Truth is stranger than fiction…in that you can lie, manipulate, make-up and ignore this vast objective space of reality for one’s own narrow agenda, but after a while rationalism, reason, and logic will leave you either with cognitive function or a permanent straight jacket hosting position in a padded room forever!

    There’s nothing more to this story that all the facts mentioned and the school speed zone I.Q.’s of all the people who concocted these so-called ‘news worthy’ speculations that are neck-deep in nativist and racist sentiment. The Reich-Wingin’ trollies won’t let up on him not because of any of his politics or policies but becuase of the color of his skin. That is of course, all THEY ever wanted Obama to be about in the 1st place, and it drives them BATs**t crazy that the dude is so squeaky clean on every possible moral matter (because black people just CANNOT be that way by deafult on God’s green earth, right ‘racial realists’?). I’ll be ‘staying tuned’ until Election Day 2012 to see ‘the end of the world’ as they know it ‘occur’ all over again!

  • Concerned Citizen

    Sometimes the truth is more stranger than fiction. There is probably more to the story than we know at ths time. i say stay tuned.

  • Reynardine

    Oh, Hell, they just have to roll all their damned little conspiracies into one ball of yarn, don’t they? When do they say this President is actually a woman in a Lesbian marriage with Michelle?

  • Ian

    “Madsen goes on to claim that Obama’s male paramours have included […] U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee[…]”

    And there goes my lunch.