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Iceland’s Openly Gay Prime Minister

While the global financial crisis has spawned many predictions of political change, here’s one I’m betting no one saw coming: The World’s First Openly Gay Prime Minister.

Not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with that.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.

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  1. Tracy says:

    You know, I’ve always hated that qualifier. When a mixed couple moved into my parents’ neighborhood a few years ago (rural, white, farming area), they were all the community was talking about for months. They’d always say, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” implying that people would assume there was. They often also added, “they’re nice, though.”

    Don’t mind me, just a random pet peeve.

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  2. James Joyner says:

    You know, I’ve always hated that qualifier.

    A rather dated Seinfeldism.

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  3. markm says:

    Looks like a dude in makeup wearing a wig. Not hot.

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  4. Breaking the ice…

    Iceland will get a new Prime Minister soon. The current Minister for Social Affairs, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats, said she is prepared to assume the position of prime……

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  5. Triumph says:

    Looks like a dude in makeup wearing a wig. Not hot.

    Icelandic chicks are hot until they hit 25, then they go down hill.

    You should check out my favourite blog: http://menwholooklikeoldlesbians.blogspot.com/

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  6. Eneils Bailey says:

    The World’s First Openly Gay Prime Minister.

    Does this mean that that Obama is the US’s First Openly Black President?

    But, I will give her four paws up…
    Woof…Wooof…

    Not, I hasten to add, that there’s anything wrong with that.

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  7. Floyd says:

    “”You know, I’ve always hated that qualifier””
    “”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    I too hate that qualifier,since it illustrates the extent to which free speech has been sublimated in the pursuit of an agenda.
    Perversity today has simply come to mean not kowtowing to the latest in political correctness.
    What a shame, for all concerned.

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  8. Drew says:

    I know people whose sole rationale for voting for Obama was “to put racism behind us.”

    Rosie O’Donnell doesn’t have political ambitions does she?

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  9. Jamie says:

    He looks like Phil Specter. Poor guy.

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  10. Anderson says:

    See, I thought she looked kinda sweet.

    Gotta love this from JJ’s post:

    (Andrew titles his post, “Lesbian Gets Second Worst Job In The World” in what one presumes is an homage to November’s bit in The Onion, “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.”)

    I still hope that the worst job in the world will one day be “Osama bin Laden’s mortician.”

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  11. MM says:

    I too hate that qualifier,since it illustrates the extent to which free speech has been sublimated in the pursuit of an agenda.
    Perversity today has simply come to mean not kowtowing to the latest in political correctness.
    What a shame, for all concerned.

    As James mentioned, this is a Seinfeldism. In fact, my interpretation of that episode (aside from just a running gag), was a bit of a play on sterotypical PC behaviors, in that the characters are so over the top in maing sure that they say “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” whenever they deny that George is gay.

    This is a fairly well known pop cultural reference from a show over a decade old. I hardly think that this is either the “latest” in PC, or “kowtowing”.

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  12. G.A.Phillips says:

    Does this mean that that Obama is the US’s First Openly Black President?

    Nope that was Slickwilly Sr.

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  13. Tracy says:

    *shrug* I never really liked Seinfeld and didn’t watch it much. I was in middle/high school, and had much better uses for my time. I don’t recall that episode. Maybe I’ve heard the reference or something, I don’t know. I honestly get annoyed by the phrase, because of the aforementioned incident. I’m reasonably certain that I’m not person on earth who occasionally gets annoyed by things that might not bother others – that’s why it’s a pet peeve.

    If you consider me overly PC, so be it – somehow, I’ll go on – but as MM says, it would be hard to say it’s the “latest” in PC if it’s annoyed me for years, or if you assume I’m quoting an old sitcom.

    James: As I (apparently poorly) tried to make clear at the end of the post, it’s just something that bugs me, nothing else, and I’m not sure why I bothered posting it. Maybe I just felt chatty yesterday. I apologize for somewhat derailing the thread.

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  14. Anyone else think that Sigurdardóttir is an appropriately Wagnerian name for the person who’s prime minister while the country’s economy is in the process of burning down?

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