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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  • Tara

    Bristol that’s awesome!!! I absolutely agree. Im so sick of the double standard for republicans vs democrats. Wanna talk about equality Obama? Talk to the liberal press about constantly raking all republicans over the coals for any little thing yet when our idiot president tries to level the United States with his acinine policies….crickets. Keep up the good work it’s incredibly hard to try to live in this evil world while striving to maintain a Christian outlook. Especially when our president stands for EVERYTHING our forefathers opposed.

    • Toby

      SOMEONE didnt take history in school. ^^ Our forefathers made it pretty clear that this country was not founded on Christianity. Please, please educate yourself.

      • Theresa

        Please, please, read the Constitution!
        I guess they didn’t mean God when they said “our CREATOR!”

        • Melinda

          Theresa, you are aware that the Constitution was written long before geology was even a science and about a hundred years before the Origin of the Species. The founders knew little of how the earth was formed and humans evolved. Not surprising they referred to a Creator. But that doesn’t mean our country was founded on any particular religion.

        • bargal20

          Please, please, please stop confusing the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution. You should be embarrassed that a lowly foreigner like me knows more about your founding documents than you do.

  • Christine

    Agree with you 100%!!!

  • Jordan Quetzal

    “Kids do better in a mother/father home” Really? Where’s Tripp’s dad? Oh wait, that’s right, he doesn’t have a father figure. While same sex couples are happy and commited and raising well behaved and well adjusted children, you’re son uses the f-word while you giggle about it and you’re sleeping around with dead beat guys giving all teen moms a bad name. A bit of advice, stop while you’re ahead. You’re making a complete fool of yourself. Keep your judgmental opinion in Alaska while the rest of us move towards equality for ALL people.

    • Tiffany

      I think its so amusing how you say something to her about being wing for judging people at least she isn’t condoning getting pregnant early in age but your so dumb you forget most women in the seller days were married with multiple kids and successful by the age Bristol is at! What’s funny is all the “changes and movement forward ” seems to be putting more people on food stamps welfare and the rest of the semi successful economy pays for it so let me ask toy how much more is this country going to full in the gutter before people like Bristol and her mom say enough is enough I thank God there are people with some kind of sense seeming as the reason why this generation is forgetting morals and character so why don’t you try not conforming but no one seems to be able to instead they let unruly children dictate our lives and future. Oh and yes her soon did cuss but guess what I bet he grows up with respect and dignity why don’t you go to Alaska and get some!

  • MiddleRoader

    First, let me say, some of the comments from both sides in this blog are dispicable!!!
    I support gay marriage, but I respect Bristols’s right to disagree. However, when she pens an article called “Hail to the Chiefs-Malia and Sasha Obama,” that’s over the top. Stating that Pres Obama based his decision on his daughters who watched too many Glee episodes is ridiculous! She does not even provide evidence that the Obama girls even watch Glee. You would think that the fact that the Palin family has endured unfair comments and ridicule, and Sarah Palin herself has said to keep the family out of politics, would have made Bristol re-think her hypocritical and untrue blog post. She herself says that fathers should listen to their kids’ ideas, and that is ALL that Obama did. He considered their opinion along with lots of other input, like listening to College Republicans. And comparing listening to your children’s views, and seeing how the same-sex parents of their friends behave, is NOT the same as being submissive to your spouse. It IS a valid question to ask a female Christian candidate, namely Rep. Michelle Bachmann, espcecially when she brought it up first, (saying she became a tax attorney b/c her husband wanted her to, and the Bible says to be submissive to him) –all she needed to do was respond what submission means to her and let the voters decide. (That’s exactly what she did–she said it means “respect”. Case closed.) But for Bristol to twist Obama’s comments, bring his family into it, and to give parenting advice to Obama is just too much. She deserves the criticism, not the hate.

    • Lindsay

      So Obama can ‘evolve’ when he changes his views, but if Sarah, Mitt or John McCain changes their views it’s called a flip-flop. I call this a double standard. And-Obama brought his own family into it…hence the quote.

  • Candra

    What is wrong with hearing your children out? For every politician it needs to be a goal to look to the future and fix our problems for generations to come. Besides Obama was not influenced by his girls to change his personal views rather his outward views. You did say “Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage?”. I feel that what Obama meant was after listening to his daughters words it was wrong to tell them and the world it was wrong to dehumanize gays but deep down I’m sure his feelings were always the same. Children are our future so hopefully we will have more liberal tykes to turn our ass backwards society around.

  • Common Sense

    Now, before all your “white-knights” jump to Bristol’s defense I will state for the record that I am both a woman of G-d, a registered republican (sorry, no lefties here), and absolutely NOT an Obama supporter. But I just have a few problems with this piece, you claim that teenagers shouldn’t be influencing their father’s position on hot-button political issues so why should we listen to you? Despite what the government proclaims as adulthood, turning 18 does not magically morph you into an omniscient-being. I understand you’ve lived a fair amount of life in your 21 years, but you are still very young as well, so what gives you some sort of leg up to understand these issues and support or reject them that the Obama children don’t have? I don’t intend to be cruel or critical, but the hypocrisy baffles me. From what I can tell from your show, you’re a darling girl and I honestly don’t believe you are to blame for being so lead astray in your politics because of your extremist parents (yes, I am an equal-opportunity extremism despiser: liberals AND conservatives) but you are old enough to educate yourself and make your OWN political decisions instead of just parroting your mother and father.

  • Sadie

    Hey Bristol, I get you don’t believe in gay marriage because it isn’t the ‘christian’ thing, but can you explain to me how having a baby before you’re married is christian? I’d really like to know. I mean you claim to be this all-mighty christian, but yet you do things that are frowned upon by people that don’t even believe in religion at all. I mean c’mon, if you’re going to point fingers, make sure your hands are clean (Bob Marley). And, can you also explain to me how someone’s personal life and personal decisions are ANY of your business? I mean, you may like putting your personal life out for the public to see, but others have more respect for themselves to do that, and like their personal life private. One more thing, you act like it was so wrong for President Obama to put his opinion out there, but yet you have NO problem putting yours out there. Tell me how that’s fair?

  • Dualtrack

    My first (and last) visit here. Moronic article and idiotic arguments.

  • Chad in New York

    Bristol – you are a complete f-ing idiot. You sound like a complete moron.

    • emily

      chad, i quite agree.

  • AC

    Maybe Obama was being just that, a dad. Unfortunately sometimes it does take thousands of years for people to realize that it’s not the way to go about something. I believe this is one of them.

    Who will you see troubled, the kid with the single parent, or the kid whose parents are fighting all the time? A mom and dad marriage doesn’t equal happily ever after. For some reason divorce to some is shameful. So they try to “work it out” for the kids. They spend years working it out and nothing ever changes. They fear what others will say if they divorce, or they can’t break that awful cycle and stay because that’s all they are used to. In the end it’s the kids that pay the price.

    “Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.” – That’s a parent’s job, to help them shape their kids worldview to show them tolerance, and respect among many other things. Marriage is love, is taking care of one another, looking out for each other, bringing out the best in one another. A kid should experience growing up where he is loved that being with one parent or two parents of the same or opposite sex.

    Change in perspective happens when you come upon it. A lot of families are uneasy when one of their own is gay. In time they realize that the person they know hasn’t changed. It’s still them; the only difference is they like someone of the same sex.

    For the people voicing their opinion by using profanity, you’re not going to get very far. Clearly I don’t share the same views on same sex marriage with Bristol. But I’m not going to blast her with profanity to make my arguments.

    Bristol no swiping!


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