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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  • Why can’t we be friends?

    All this bickering over two people getting married. Let me ask you republicans a question, if a man and a man or a woman and a woman get married can you explain to me how that would change your every day life? It is their personal bursiness it does not effect anyone else. Times are changing people are evolving. It’s time for people to keep up with the times and have an open mind to new things. It’s because of closed minded people like you that so many LGTB teenagers are commiting suicide. Time to stop the hate and just show love for everybody not matter their sexuality, religion, race or thoughts. GO OBAMA!

  • Antonia

    In response to,

    “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.”

    Does your son have a father? Because I don’t see him in any of the pictures on your blog. So, if kids do better growing up in a father/mother home, I think you better check in on your own choices. Two, gay couples adopt kids that heterosexual couples can’t handle. Why was child protective services formed? Because heterosexual couples couldn’t, and still can’t, take care of their children. I also think you need to stop taking history lessons from your mom. The traditional idea behind marriage was an exchange of property, essentially, a contract between TWO MEN. If you check out the Bible, which I assume is one of your references, you would see that we have strayed far beyond “tradition.” If we hadn’t, women would have to marry their rapists, their deceased husbands brothers, etc. Three, every good parent should sit down with their child and let them know that their friends, or friends parents, are not different. They are parents because they love and care for their children, and instill values in them that all children should have, which is respect, kindness, compassion, and the disregarding of judgement on anyone.

  • MG

    I dont get why people feel the need to slam your opinions. While I may not always agree with your opinions, (and God Bless America for allowing me that freedom) I agree here. I think it was well written and I applaud you on your stance and not giving into the public opinion.

  • Jenni

    I feel sorry for your child. You are raising him to be intolerant and judge others. Do you remember how you felt when you were judged for being an unwed teenage mother? I am sure it was hurtful. As a parent you should know that your child/children are your whole word. How awful you had to drag them into this.

  • Christina

    I could not agree more with you, Bristol! Thank you for being honest with your perspective when so many others are quick to silence it because it isn’t politically correct.

  • Tyler

    So I hear you’re playing the victim card now? I truly am sorry that you have been sent death threats. That is what happens when you senselessly insult people to their core, but this doesn’t make the threats ok. However, before you retreat into a childish state of feeling sorry for yourself, please let me make a statement free of violence and hate speech. You have no place telling other people how to live their lives, when you own doesn’t match your statements. I hope that someday you discover that your opinion is hateful and bigoted. I must admit that I am disappointed that a non “celebrity” like yourself has managed to make me so angry. I guess it’s because for some unknown reason the media seems to think you’re important and shoves your life down our throats. Trust that this controversy will NOT make me tune into your show. One day you will realise that without vision and talent that you will fade away in the minds of you “fans.” I wish you didn’t have a platform on which to express your unintelligent and hateful opinions.

  • GradStudentSara

    When I vote in elections, I vote the man, not the party. And yeah, my votes (which, by the way, are based on OVERALL policy) have tended to be more Republican in the past. Would I consider myself a Republican? Absolutely not. I’m an independent, I’ve just had republican inclinations thus-far. And I can tell you right now, just because someone picks a party or decides to vote a certain way, it doesn’t mean that they agree with everything from that party or it’s platform. There are a lot of things to be considered when deciding on which candidate to support, just like President Obama when he chose to make the announcement of his support on gay marriage: he considered a lot of variables, from the country’s input, to his own (and his family’s) personal experiences, to the advice and counsel of his cabinet staff. While I personally feel that he’s waited until last minute (AHEM election time) to put a lot of his policies into play and overall, has dragged his feet on many issues, I believe that Obama’s completely and utterly correct in this regard.

    As an independent voter with republican tendencies (and, might I add, a woman who fully intends to make her own way in this world and be subservient to no one – a marriage, after all, is a partnership), I believe that all people, regardless of orientation, should have the right to marry. Who are we to tell a couple that, just because of their orientation, they can’t be with the one that they love? It’s quite disgusting, really. And the government benefits for married couples, should they, too, be denied to gay couples? Because that’s not only sick, it’s unconstitutional to deny an individual their rights. Whatever happened to the separation of church and state? For a country that was founded on the ideas of religious freedom and the freedom to govern ourselves, we sure have a big problem with telling others how they should live.

    Bristol, hun, please rethink what you’re posting online. Like another commenter said, this is out there for the whole world to see, forever. Things on the internet stick around and have a nasty habit of reappearing at just the wrong times; you can ask any of those senators who have been in the news recently about that. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but we must always be careful of how we express it and whether it may be hurtful of others. I also agree with the commenter who suggested getting out their and getting an “education,” but I believe that you should get to know someone who has gone through this ordeal, someone who is gay and who has been unable to be with the love of their life. They can’t help who they are, but we can make the choice to accept them for who they are no matter what.

  • john

    It is shameful that people spew such hateful comments and wishes of ill towards another human being. It is equally shameful that you as a child of God and believer in Him do not support the most precious gift He gave us all, love. I’m am Christian and gay. I applaud Obama’s support for my rights. God bless Him and his family as well as you and yours.

  • Wedge

    I cant even argue you with this woman. I sit and laugh at her…you are damaged in more than one way Bristol!

  • john

    I hope you evolve as a human being that truly reflects the love of God towards all of His creation. May He enlighten you. I do not agree with the name calling and insults people have thrown at you or towards one another here. We must always be respectful. While I am respectful of other’s opinions, including yours, it saddens me that you do not see the big picture of human rights and the different shades of love.