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Fri May 26, 2017, 10:58 AM

Why this photo of political spouses and partners is making waves



By AJ Willingham,

(CNN)What's the first thing you noticed about this picture of political spouses and partners, other than Melania Trump's continued mastery of the color black?

It's probably the man in the back row, standing out against the nine women pictured. That's Gauthier Destenay, the First Gentleman of Luxembourg and the husband of the world's only acting openly gay prime minister.

Destenay and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel wed in 2015, right after Luxembourg legalized gay marriage. When Bettel won the Prime Ministership in 2013, he was already in a civil partnership with Destenay and their sexualities were not a secret.

To be clear, Bettel isn't the only gay prime minister ever, just the only one in office right now. Former Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and former Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurőardóttir were both public about their sexualities.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/26/world/luxembourg-prime-minister-husband-gauthier-destenay-trnd/

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Reply Why this photo of political spouses and partners is making waves (Original post)
n2doc May 2017 OP
underpants May 2017 #1
brush May 2017 #2
angstlessk May 2017 #3
brush May 2017 #4
n2doc May 2017 #5
heaven05 May 2017 #7
mr_lebowski May 2017 #9
heaven05 May 2017 #10
jmowreader May 2017 #13
irisblue May 2017 #14
BHDem53 May 2017 #6
Alice11111 May 2017 #8
pnwmom May 2017 #11
Odoreida May 2017 #12
Alice11111 May 2017 #16
Alice11111 May 2017 #15

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 11:06 AM

1. 1. I thought there was blood 2. "Mastery of the color black"?

That's a thing?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 11:09 AM

2. A question: What about Merkel's spouse?

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Fri May 26, 2017, 11:20 AM

3. That was my question, too...are men ashamed to be spouses of

female heads of state?

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #3)

Fri May 26, 2017, 11:24 AM

4. I wouldn't be. And I think Bill would've been right there also.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Fri May 26, 2017, 12:27 PM

5. He apparently stays out of the limelight a lot

So maybe he didn't travel with her. There are pics of them together with the Obama's, though.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #5)

Fri May 26, 2017, 09:31 PM

7. I sense

 

the german chancellor really likes Obama.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #7)

Sat May 27, 2017, 03:38 PM

9. Well, who wouldn't? I don't swing that way but readily admit: I have a man-crush

BHO is a flat-out stud ... hard for me to imagine that most ladies wouldn't feel the same ... other than the Coultergeist/Stepford types of course.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #9)

Sat May 27, 2017, 09:10 PM

10. Coultergeist

 

I am laughing very hard...thank you....... in these times laughter is a precious commodity.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Sun May 28, 2017, 11:43 AM

13. He has a Wiki page

His name is Joachim Sauer. He is a professor of quantum chemistry at Humboldt University in Berlin.

I can think of five reasons he wouldn't have come.

He doesn't feel comfortable around non-scientists.
He just didn't want to.
He had other things to do...like final exam week for his students, or rearranging his sock drawer.
He was fearful that being around the Trump's would lower his IQ.
Or, most likely, that he'd absorb so much radioactivity from being in the same town as Donald Trump that it'd throw off his experiments for the next three years.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #13)

Sun May 28, 2017, 12:55 PM

14. ::snort:: tru dat nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 02:45 PM

6. Angela

surely looks more comfortable next to Barack than the current guy. Bigly!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Sat May 27, 2017, 11:25 AM

8. I notice Melania &Ivanka wear cocktail dresses to official

or professional meetings, sometimes. To me, it undermines them, like look at my beautiful sexy shoulders, rather than focus on the topic at hand
Ivanka did it for the State of the Union Address too.
Little sense of appropriateness. White House dinner or Inauguration party is one thing, but serious business is another.

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Response to Alice11111 (Reply #8)

Sun May 28, 2017, 02:28 AM

11. That looks like an evening gown, not a cocktail dress. And no one else

is wearing one.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #11)

Sun May 28, 2017, 11:40 AM

12. Whatever it is ...

 

... she dresses for her husband.

It is a reflection of his taste. Period.

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Response to Odoreida (Reply #12)

Sun May 28, 2017, 06:54 PM

16. ...but she can't stand him, obviously.She wants to be prettier

than anyone else,IMHO, even if she is way over dressed.
Sad.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #11)

Sun May 28, 2017, 06:51 PM

15. Yeah

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