Its not that they are too delicate, its because you are too dense.
Let me break it down for you so you could try to understand.
The president has many responsibilities. Yes, he deals with world leaders and matters of international importance, but he also deals with national matters that concern us here in the United States.
Now perhaps you have heard about all the fuss on gay marriage and gay rights lately? Maybe its not your issue, maybe you feel it doesnt concern you because its not all about you. But it is news to others because they have this thing called empathy, which means that they can put themselves into another persons position and see things from their perspective. Well the NBA is a big sports company (National Basketball Association) that is traditionally very homophobic (that means they dont like fags). Its full of players that think that they are "real men" or what real men should be. (by the way, this applies to football and baseball and and all those other games) So when someone comes out to state that they are different from all the other guys, they open themselves up to all sorts of repercussions (look that word up in the dictionary), especially on a national stage.
So this person who comes out is potentially gonna have a lot to lose, but more importantly serve as a role model to many people who have had to hide who they are. Also, the African American community generally doesnt like the idea of homosexuality so many men live a secret life "on the down low" so they can keep up appearances and conform to somebodies idea of what a man is.
Are you keeping up with me? Is any of this sinking in?
So when the president, who is African American, calls this guy from the national basketball group who has just come out (and is probably a well known figure to millions of fans), he puts a stamp of legitimacy on homosexuality, and hopefully it makes other people think "Hey, if its okay with Obama maybe its not so bad."
And maybe if the president calls this guy to give him his support than other players will refrain from the before mentioned repercussions.
We all look forward to the day that people will be accepted for who they are and people will be able to accept the differences in other people.
In the meantime, if you find some kind of news that is not important to you, try to figure out if it may be important to others. And if you cant do that then go on to the next story. You know that whole pope story was a non event for me but I didnt embarrass myself by posting that online!
Oh and the NBA guy was being real brave by coming out. And that is being a hero. Just like there are many ways to be a real man. Open your mind.