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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  • http://twitter.com/hadly_ Dave

    Hahaha, really? This is insanity. And it is so for a number of reason.

    1) The fact that she would legitimately post this article and think her position is defensible AT all is pure insanity. Gay marriage is something that should be legal for every person in every country. Who are we to dictate who can and cannot get married? Bristol is a conservative right? Which means little or no government intervention? Well then why would Bristol take the side of having the government intervene in who can and cannot get married? How very anti-conservative of you.

    The idea that just because marriage between man and a woman has existed for thousands of years, but marriage between two people of the same gender has not is not a valid point at all. Age, or tradition, doesn’t not necessarily mean that the practice is “correct” in any matter. Classic logical fallacy, nice try.

    But the most shocking part of all of this is the fact that so many people agree with her. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?! Why do you care if a guy and another guy get married? Or if a girl and another girl get married? WHO THE HELL CARES?! It doesn’t affect your life negatively. Let them love and be loved however they want to be. You have NO right to judge them or tell them what they’re doing is wrong.

    Get educated people. Stop being so damn ignorant.

    • Michal Kretschmer

      I am for the death penalty for support of a homosexualist ideology.

  • Britt

    Bristol, maybe you dad should have been a man lead his family, then maybe you wouldn’t be the unwed, statistic, teen mother that you are. If you want to mention TRADITON let’s talk about you having pre-marital sex, let’s talk about you being a teen mother, let’s talk about you being unwed when you had that baby. Before you get up on your high horse, think about the hypocrisy that you are spewing. We all know how much of an idiot your mom is and I think you are just as dumb as she is now. The people that agree with you are just as dumb. What is wrong with him taking into account his daughters? Your dad did it with you when he didn’t force you to marry the father of your son. Just so we’re all clear no “Tradition” is more sacred than another. If you and millions of other girls can break ONE, so you can have a couple orgasms, show your boyfriend how much you love him, and fit in with the “IN” crowd–I think another deserves to be broken that allows people who actually love one another and want to have a family together.

  • http://namelesscynic.blogspot.com/ Nameless Cynic

    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.

    Huh. Funny thing, that.

    Has Tripp seen his father lately?

  • Jessica

    Okay, I am truly horrified at the things being said to and about Bristol and the other commenters.. How dare we attack those we don’t know based on personal beliefs!? To those attacking Bristol for having a child out of wedlock..shame on you! She has never denied the fact that some thing happened that shouldn’t of. People make mistakes…and fortunately for her, that created a major blessing in her life.
    To those of you attacking her for the fact that her child’s father is no longer around? Wow…She doesn’t control his actions! And she never said that a “mother/father” home is the ONLY right way to raise a child. And I imagine Bristol will probably end up marrying some great guy who can become a father figure for her child.
    Another thing, saying the Bible is “outdated” or that Bristol is twisting God’s word….WRONG! The Bible clearly states that marriage should remain between one man and one woman…its the human race and society that have gone against that…and this fight between right and wrong is just fuel and victory for satan. Going against the Bible is sin. And EVERYONE does it…all the time. God will decide the punishment…not us.
    And finally, saying that she is arrogant…does that mean those of you saying that think everyone who disagrees with you is arrogant? Who made you the one to decide what people should and shouldn’t believe…..if you don’t like her opinions…then why are you reading and constantly posting comments? If you must speak, KINDLY say what you think and move on!!!!!!!

    Bristol….Thank you so much for speaking your mind…you are created in God’s image (we all are) and he has had your whole life planned from the beginning! :)

    • Michelle

      “Okay, I am truly horrified at the things being said to and about Bristol and the other commenters.. How dare we attack those we don’t know based on personal beliefs!?”

      This is exactly what she is doing to the President.

  • Lily

    Okay, you know what, pot, kettle, black, whatever, lets forget about that. Put all that business of you having a child out of wedlock behind us. Lets look at the content in this blog.
    1. Why female Christian Republicans are asked if they’re submissive? Why because so many Republican man seems to think that they can control a woman’s reproductive system. Apparently, women are just baby-making machines with no ideas of our own
    2. The President didn’t just consult his teenage daughters, he also consulted VP Biden, his wife, various college Republicans that aren’t you (Are you in college by the way? I wouldn’t want to make that assumption considering Obama is such an elitist, wanting everyone to get an education and all), NAACP, and the majority of America itself
    3. The whole Dora the Explorer thing is a grievous example of both the slippery slope and the non sequitur fallacy. When arguing a point, fallacies such as these should be avoided at all costs. It just makes all of us look like idiots

  • Susan

    Bristol Palin’s opinions on this subject are irrelevant. Her own family has demonstrated time and again to have absolutely no respect for or understanding of the Constitution of the United States. That she seems to wax theological about marriage already indicates where her interests lie. And it’s utter irony that she would regard “changing thousands of years of thinking” with suspicion when the figurehead of the religion to which she claims to belong did just that. The Palins are milking their fifteen minutes of fame for all they’re worth. They’re an embarrassment to the Republican party and they’re only in the media because of the train wreck they are. It’s 2012. Equality is on the move for LGBT persons. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” Years from now people of Bristol Palin’s bigoted ideologies will appear in documentaries about the LGBT rights movements as enemies of human rights.

  • Tiffany

    “[...] that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.”

    Bristol is 100% right. Our current system of heterosexual marriage has been in place for so long that it *must* be irrefutably perfect.

    Either way, it’s a shame we got rid of all of our anti-miscegenation laws a few decades ago. (You know, the laws banning blacks from marrying whites?) Then we’d really be able to say we’re preserving the sanctity of marriage!

    …Btw, didn’t men used to have several wives in the days of yore?

  • kristin

    funny how you grew up w/ a mother and father, yet you managed to get yourself knocked up out of wedlock. i didn’t give a shit then, and i don’t give a shit now. maybe you should look in the mirror before you throw stones, dumbass.

  • Emily

    Where is the father of your child? I thought it was better for children to be raised in a home where there is both a male and female parent. How is the father of your son shaping his worldview if he is being raised in a single parent home? YOU’RE A HYPOCRITE. Plain and simple.

    Also, if you “would’ve” gone to college you would know “would’ve” is not a proper conjunction. Why do you expect anyone to seriously take into consideration the ignorant opinions of an uneducated person? You are a terrible representative of conservative Christian females in this country.

  • eshine

    So by all means, parade your fatherless child on another “reality” show while you mug for the camera’s with your new face and lecture us about how to properly teach children about the world.

    It’s a shame, Bristol – I actually thought you were kind of cool – and felt really bad for you when I saw footage of that jerk yelling hateful words towards you when you were riding that bull or whatever it was you were doing in front of televison cameras (again)

    It’s clear you are just not good people. To simplify the issue by implying that the President’s daughters have come to their way of thinking by watching Glee just demonstrates a clear lack of intellect and a mean spirit.

    Apple doesn’t fall from the tree.