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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  • Ulysses

    Bristol, you are as dumb as your mother, and it’s hard to be that dumb. Does Mama pooh bear know where Russia is located yet?

    Ulysses

    • Rick

      Consider informing yourself with the facts. Look it up — Sarah Palin stated that one can see Russia from ALASKA. She never stated that she could see Russia from anywhere else.

  • Adrian

    ok look here is my opinion and opinions are like assholes everyone has one and they are in titled to their own opinion…Britstol, I am personally a Christian myself and do not believe in gay marriage either that’s just the way I was raised and that’s the way I am teaching my kids. I was once a teenage mother and then a single mother at the age of 25..I am 30 now and I am expecting again with husband. So I know what it is like to walk in your shoes. I think you are great mom and a great person don’t let anyone tell you other wise. I truly enjoy listening to what EVERYONE has to say and I think that you, Bristol, are doing the best you can has a mother .
    So guys,remember she is someone’s daugther, sister, mother, aunt, grand-daugther, friend and so much more….STOP THE BULLYING

    • Laura

      While I respect that YOU don’t believe in gay marriage because of your religion, that doesn’t mean that public policy should be put in place based on the rules of ONE religion. America is a great country, filled with Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Muslims, agnostics and yes, atheists all mixed up together. Public policy should reflect the diversity of our country, not be based on Christian beliefs simply because it happens to be a popular religion. Government based on religion is a ridiculous notion. Our founding fathers wanted America to be the land of the free, and if we prevent those who are the minority from having the same rights as everyone else we are not doing their vision justice. Keep in mind that only a few decades ago people were having similar arguments over giving equal rights to African Americans. Does it not seem obvious that they should have had equal rights all along? It is my sincere hope that people like you will stop fighting the inevitable, because one day we will look back and it will seem as ridiculous that homosexuals didn’t have rights as it does that racial minorities didn’t have rights. You don’t believe in gay marriage? So don’t be gay and don’t get married. But don’t try to prevent other people from living their lives because you choose to believe in an over-edited, over-translated, centuries old book.

      Also, if Bristol wants to tout the virtues of a traditional mother/father home she should have thought about that before she had unprotected pre-marital sex with Levi. He obviously isn’t helping to shape Tripp’s view of the world since he’s busy getting other girls pregnant.

    • Ferdinando

      in christianity it is discussed that the punishment for premarital sex is stoning “Deuteronomy 22:13-21If a man takes a wife and, after lying with her, dislikes her and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” then the girl’s father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate. The girl’s father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, and the elders shall take the man and punish him. They shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the girl’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives. If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the girl’s virginity can be found, she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.”
      so when should the town people meet you at your father’s door?

  • Arlene W-Graham

    The wisdom of Bristol Palin? Really?

  • Wineywoman

    Bristol, I don’t know where to begin… you are sooo uninformed it’s really pathetic. First, only one of the Obama girls is a teenager. The next point is that the children did not make the decision FOR the President, they had a conversation which provoked deep thought on the subject BY their dad. I’m sure if you were’nt so eager to demean people smarter than yourself, (which is just about everyone over the age of two) you would have paid attention to the entire news release and not just picked the sentences you want to lambast. (Look it up.) Your parents have done this country no great service by bringing you and your siblings into this world. Some people just should not be permitted to re-produce, yourself included. Every time I think that the insanity that is the Palin family has faded, one of you comes out of your redneck stupor and reminds the rest of us that you’re still there and stuck on stupid. You people are a portrait of all that is wrong with America.

  • Julia

    I don’t typically comment on these blogs, but this nonsense provoked me to speak up. First off, Bristol Palin is a complete hypocrite. I can clearly recall Sarah Palin insisting that the media refrain from spectating on her family, and by stating that “families should be off limits”. I guess that is only merited if your daughter is having a child out of wedlock. Furthermore, Bristol’s entire claim regarding President Obama seeking advice on domestic policy from his two daughters is completely bogus. If you’re going to insinuate that the President of the United States is declaring his position on gay-marriage because his teenage daughters have influenced his beliefs then you must have some facts to back it up. But more than not, the Palin’s have once again made a boisterous statement without having justification. Let’s break it down for the people who are gullible enough to take Bristol Palin’s word as gospel. Quoting President Obama, he describes his stance on gay-marriage by explaining his change in perspective, which many ways was brought on his daughters. The President states, “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.” To intelligent, open-minded people, this statement would portray how the tolerance of the country’s youth is starkly different than their elders. This is what we call progression. Now Bristol doesn’t have to agree with Obama’s stance just because he says it, but she should have enough brains in her head to realize that the premise of Obama taking political advice from his children, which in fact would change the country on a large scale, is nothing but the typical fear mongering dogma that the right-wing so routinely tries to infect on impressionable minds. Don’t believe the hype people. Do your own research before you take a side. In the end, your choices aren’t hurting Bristol, but they most definitely will affect you.

  • Sarah

    Bristol is a poster child for the uneducated, bigoted right. At least Obama has daughters to be proud of; and he’s humble enough to admit that they helped open his eyes to the discrimination & bigotry that is inherent in gays not being allowed to marry. Whereas the Palin camp tried to hide the shame of having an unwed, knocked-up teen in the family. I guess that’s what life is like when you dwell in the land of ignorance, bigotry, arrogance, racism, and lack of contraception.

    • A MAD REPUBLICAN

      A LACK OF CONTRACEPTION?! I guess you are the epitome of low down inconsiderate parents that don’t treat their children how to have compassion for others. AND BIGOTRY?! That’s all your little rant seems to be.. is a sick distorted view of America, and furthermore, those that don’t live the way that you FEEL is right. I pray to God that you haven’t had any children and that you don’t plan on it, because I would hate for you to feel the wrath, and quite frankly..the KARMA coming to you. So, if you’re 16 year old daughter has a child out of wedlock, I’m assuming you would just throw her to the wolves? You should be ashamed for your ignorance and your lack of consideration for other individuals’ lives.

  • Owen West

    I’m so sorry Bristol for your lack of understanding. Please stop speaking ignorently about the gay marriage debate. You have too many sins of your own to ask forgiveness for before you attack anyone else’s opinion. What’s going to happen when your son comes to tell you he is gay one day? How will you describe your out of wedlock relationship with his father that conceived him. In other words, MIND YOUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    While I respect your right to have an opinion I disagree with you fully. I grew up in a mother/father home where my parents divorced when I was in 6th grade. My mother then started abusing me. Halfway through 9th grade she kicked me out of my home and sent me to live with my father 1300 miles away.

    He was an alcoholic who constantly picked fights with me and his girlfriend. When I “came out” as gay the third time (because my mother announced it to my family in 6th grade before I even knew I was and subsequently my fathers girlfriend re-announcing it to my family when I moved in with them in 9th grade) I only told two people.

    As a result of my upbringing I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and cannot get restful sleep (I start screaming for my mother not to hurt me for hours) without using prescription meds. I now live with friends in Boston, MA so I can finish high school (this year) without fear of being mentally/physically demolished.

    While I realize not all mother/father families are like this I fail to see why giving Gays the right to marry is going to be that big a deal. I really don’t even care if you call it marriage or not, just give me the right to one day get the same tax breaks you will if you get married. Also you say that “Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview” so how would having 2 dads affect that and how would having 2 mothers keep children from having their worldview shaped for the better? Are mothers not equal to fathers?

    His daughters also have a right to give their opinion how he takes it is his decision. If for some reason your mother had decided to be pro-gay marriage when you were 14 and you didn’t approve wouldn’t you try talking to her about it so you can present your point of view?

    Also, I’m a registered Republican that has sides with the Liberals on some issues. I have also never watched an episode of Glee and don’t condemn any person who does because it’s their right to watch whatever they want.

  • Toby

    Those who live in glass houses… Bristol Palin has the NERVE to talk about family values? Laughable.


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