Drat I was hoping for a good election campaign game, seems the promising ones always die on me around here.
As for being the leader of the free world, I think its fair to say you're going to need a team if you want to go for verisimilitude and do it justice, the sheer amount of options and variables would be enough to boggle the mind.
What about the tone? Are you guys going to go for a serious political simulation or something more whimsical, like "Yes: (Prime) Minister". If our mc's "victory" has been engineered by powerful interest groups anyway, well that provides a good reason for skipping the elections portion and jumping straight to the oval office.
All in all this seems a very, very ambitious project indeed.
Well that would certainly be nice but until the most recent election of Trump I would say the prevailing wisdom in the US cautioned against an open homosexual having a chance at the job before say uh 2178 or so, but if the recent election has done anything it is to throw prevailing wisdom out of the window.
Still I think a gay man running for president would just about need better looks than Justin Trudeau and be the second coming of JFK in charisma, but again after the recent election I won't say it's flat-out impossible anymore.
I do think that even with those attributes an openly gay president is likely to have won a very narrow victory in spite of a full on, all out, conservative mobilisation against them, so they can likely forget about a "honeymoon" period and start with a very fractured electorate and (Democratic) party. Considering a non-southern state like Michigan recently tried to re-criminalise sodomy.
You can always come out of the closet/divorce after the election, it'll be a scandal of course, but the incumbency bonus just might help you win re-election, provided almost everything else goes your way.
As Hillary has shown portions of the US electorate might be even more averse to having a woman or a person of colour in the top job then even a gay, white male.