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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  • Misti

    Thank goodness for freedom of speech. I believe that religion and state are seperate. President Obama, I believe was speaking about civil rights and is in agreement that same sex relationships deserve the same rights as married couples. They should be able to have their loved one be there at their bedside at hospitals, to be able to share insurance benefits and so on. God is the one who judges not us. Being hateful and ridiculing the President and degrading other peoples choices and rights is not the direction the United States should be going. In case you didn’t know Dora the Explorer is a cartoon character not a real person. I’m sure a nice young lady, I was also a single mother at 19. Being ignorant to the needs of others is wrong. Throughout history mistakes have been made because of closed minds and prejudice, it’s time for unity and understanding. Remember you are raising another human being who will read about the way you have been treated in the media and wonder why you have such a low tolerance for choices made by others that don’t pertain to you. You reap what you sow. Be blessed ))

  • Jennifer Graham

    Shame on you, Bristol Palin. Gays aren’t asking for special rights, they’re just asking for RIGHTS, period. You’re turning out just as mean-spirited as your mother.

  • Chris

    Bristol, you will be written into history as an evil, hypocritical, ignorant woman.

  • Marilyn Arney

    Dear Ms. Palin,
    As a citizen of this country you are welcome to your opinion on things. It is one of those rights we take for granted but we shouldn’t because, as we are seeing today, there are many people (yourself included) who believe that they should have the right to tell everyone else what to think. Many of these righteous bigots claim to be Christians but do not have the same open, loving and forgiving heart that Jesus had so I often wonder how you claim to be one of his followers. But I digress. Apparently you think the media asking Bachmann or your mother about being submissive to their husbands warrants the same kind of questioning of the President as to whether or not he is submissive to his children. I don’t know about your mom but Bachmann has publically said that her career choices have been made by her husband. She didn’t say that she discussed her desires and got her husbands backing. She said that he told her what to do and she did it even though it wasn’t what really appealed to her because the bible says a wife must be submissive to her husband. I don’t want anyone holding the highest office in this country who can be bullied into doing something they didn’t want to do because they haven’t given up their free will. As for the President, he didn’t say he has come to this decision because his wife or daughters told him that he needed to change his mind. He said he came to this conclusion because through his daughters he has come to see that families are defined in different ways and he realized that all families should be equal. You yourself have a family that is not made up of a mommy, daddy and baby. Should you be treated as a second class citizen? Should your child be treated as a second class citizen? Your child will soon have a half-sibling. How have you explained to your child that he is not part of a nuclear family? From all I can see President Obama and Mrs. Obama are doing a fine job of raising well-adjusted, bright young ladies who are not filled with hate and bigotry. I for one would like to have more young women like them in this country than like you. I don’t want anything bad to befall you but I would like you to get an education and find out what this country was really built on and to stop offering “advice” to people who don’t need to follow your form of christianity and bigotry.

  • Timbo

    Didn’t your mother say that she consulted with her kids (including you) when deciding whether or not it was a good idea to run for VP of the United States?

    So, it is okay for parents to consult children on whether they should be a heart attack away from having the most important job on Earth; but it isn’t okay to ask them their feelings on whether two people can get married (which has no effect on your non-marriage or you in any way)?

    Odd . . .

  • Cindy

    Funny how a unwed,uneducated, unemployed Republican would be the one throwing hypocritical homophobic stones! So where is your husband Ms Palin? Where is the father that is so needed to shape your son’s life? People who live in glass houses really shouldn’t thrown stones. So please live the life so you preach before attacking someone else.

  • cwxj415

    Sorry, Bristol, but you miss the point. The POINT of the comparison is contained in the meaning of the word “submit”.

    NOBODY – and I reapeat, NOBODY – criticizes a woman for, as you put it, “listen[ing] too much” to her husband. NOBODY. The questioning to which you refer is about the Christian command for a wife to “submit” to her husband. The idea behind the question is this: Can a woman who has vowed to “submit” to her husband still make decisions in her own right as President? I think it’s a reasonable question. In comparison, all Obama appears to have done is allow his own understanding of a situation to be informed by the people he loves. If you cannot see the significant difference between these two concepts, you really have no business writing op-eds.

  • Grizz

    Isn’t she an unwed mother? or a single-mom or something?
    OMG, Bristol is hilariously funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J Stratford

    Oh well then, maybe Ms. Unwed Mother Palin wants to suffer the full brunt of Leviticus? Does she prefer stoning or just plain old death penalty for engaging in premarital sex?

  • Katy

    Bristol. You are an idiot. Please, for the love of all things holy, just stop talking.

    • Jean

      You are an idiot. See how easy that was.