Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama

Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage? What was most surprising is when he explained how his position (supposedly) “evolved,” by talking to his wife and daughters:

It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

Let’s pause for just one second.  When Christian women run for high office, people inevitably bring up the question of submission.  Once, Michele Bachmann, for example, was asked during a debate, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”

People automatically assume that a Christian female President isn’t capable of making decisions without her spouse’s stamp of approval.  (I should add female Republican candidates –liberal women don’t get the same kind of questions.)

So are all those reporters who feared excessive family intervention in the White House all up in arms over the President’s announcement yesterday?  Um.  Not quite.

Liberals  everywhere are applauding him for his bravery and his wisdom.

So let me get this straight – it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?

While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads.  In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.  Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.  Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.

In this situation, it was the other way around.  I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.

Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.  In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.
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  • Maliengus

    Anyone who thinks that Briston Palin wrote this opinion speech is a foolish person who’s easily duped. I’ve heard the young Ms. Palin speak and I doubt she could put together a legible paragraph, much less several. That being said, whoever did write this opinion piece needs to take a week off and think about what kind of person they are. It’s a drooling, hate-filled diatribe from beginning to end and shame on a “Christian” website for posting it.

  • Ferdinando

    The bible also said something about premarital sex, and disapproval of that has been around a long time too. maybe you should check yourself first. I personally find neither gay marriage nor premarital sex wrong but you can’t play the morality card when you are in violation of some 3000 year old book too.

  • Veronica Timinski

    Thank you for this Bristol! Everything you said is logical and wise. It’s astounding how many people will hurl insults instead of actually addressing any of your points.

  • Jean

    Who is your ghost-writer?

  • http://katesotherplace.com k. willoughby

    Once it was thought that women should not be educated because it would “cause their uterus to roam around their body and prevent them from having childern.” It was also thought that women were not able to think intelligently on the subject of politics, be able to participate in conversations of global concerns or even go to sea to defend their country. If you had been born before the sixties, and you got pregnant out of wedlock, you would be sent to some far off relatives house to recover from a long illness. During that time you would be denied entrance into schools, you would be shunned by all those who “knew” why you had to leave town and you would , in most cases, be strongly urged (read: no say in the life of your infant child) to give your child to an orphanage or a relative would “adopt” your baby whether you liked it or not. When you returned back to your family the “shame” you caused your family would hang over you like a storm waiting to break open. Your siblings would use that information to belittle and humiliate you and if you became interested in a boy when and if you returned to school you would be marked as all kinds of derogatory labels.
    As far as President Obama “listening” to the conversations with his children and maybe even asking them what they thought would be the right thing to do – - – I applaud him! As far as listening to parents – your mother was a high profile figure in politics and in particular in Alaskan politics. Living and serving in Alaska for over 14 years from Anchorage to Attu – - her position was a realization that even in hometown politics, Alaska has an open mind enough not to dismiss over sex. I will applaud the day that Alaska’s governer is a Native Alaskan.
    But, I digress. Your state of pregnancy during your mothers most important political foray obviously meant little to you – or your anger at her divided attention led you to go outside of “traditional” relationships and just show up pregnant. Wow! Did you even consider anyone outside of yourself on that one?
    You live off the ‘reality show’ mentality that keeps people watching you like a train wreck that at first you can’t take your eyes off of because everyone but you can see it coming. Then you hire someone to be your “voice” and hide behind your own ineptitude. Your 15 minutes of fame will come to a close and I doubt whether your footnote in life will be litte more than speculation about whether another member of the Palin clan was also pregnant at the time and your mother covered it up by saying that she was the one who was pregnant also.
    Wassilla politics in your mom’s earlier career was launched with the “we are white trash from Wassilla and proud of it,” or something very, very close to that statement. Way to go there. So, without Trip paying maintenance and child support – - – is this another “John Edwards funded love child scandal waiting to break?” Where does your money come from?

  • Obama

    Nice try, Bristol.