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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  • LMA

    Leave it to a Palin to dumb down a topic. I’m so disappointed in the lack of insight here. Being the mother of a child conceived in your teens, and with your babydaddy absent, you’d do well not to speculate about what President Obama did or didn’t say to his daughters when discussing same-sex couples and their families.

    • Hank

      The Palins have sold theirs souls for “success.” Bristol is just “Sarah-lite,” ensuring she always has a financial future, at least on FauxNews.

  • mary

    So gays should not get married because of tradition, is the dumbest statement ever. It was a tradition that women did not vote, it was a tradition that black people were slaves, he was tradition to have child labor, etc,etc

  • Merry

    Thank you for saying this Bristol. I’m sorry to say that we have an evil, morally bankrupt imbecile in the White House. Thank God for people like you, Bristol!!

    • Hank

      You have a long four more years coming.

  • http://crayfisher.wordpress.com votermom

    Great post.
    I often tell my 10 year old daughter that she can be President one day. I guess I might as well tell her that she can be President right now. :D

    • Hank

      Why not? The former president had the mentality of a 10-year old.

  • Jan

    We received an email from Obama explaining why he was supporting gay marriage NOW and ASKING for a political DONATION. He has been POTUS for over 3 yrs but now that he has OFFICIALLY started his campaign, he needs gay’s money, votes, & time. This will help him in Hollywood as I think Obama sees Hollywood as his own personal ATM machine.This is the 2nd time he has brought in his CHILDREN on a stance. First was gov. paidf birth control for college students and now this. I think he has not only failed as a President but as a father too.

  • LMA

    My goodness, the audacity of this girl astounds me. She embarks on a paid abstinence tour after having a baby out of wedlock while a teenager with a man who ran off, and then she presumes to question Obama’s parenting skills? And look at her supporters, glomming on to the burgeoning meme that Obama consulted his daughters on his same-sex marriage stance. Want to know why this country is, as you all assert, “circling the drain”? Look in the mirror.

    • Hank

      Excellent term to explain the current status of the GOP, “circling the drain.”

    • otlset

      She’s questioning Obama’s governing skills, which actually are not much in evidence based on his numerous failures so far.

      • LMA

        If you watch the interview, Obama lists a few things he considered when he decided his position on same-sex marriage needed to change. It is absolutely ludicrous to assert that his decision was based solely on Sasha and Malia’s input. If Bristol’s questioning Obama’s governing skills, then she — er, her ghost writer should try harder to stick to that point and quit with the “Dora the Explorer” BS. Bristol can’t afford to come off so smug, being an unwed teen mom and all.

  • nancy

    I guess I missed the part where her child’s DAD is helping shape his views.” we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home” how’s tghat working out with you and Levi?

  • Hank

    “Circling the drain,” excellent term to express the current status of the GOP and the far right.

    • otlset

      Unfortunately our entire country is circling the drain now due to our woefully unprepared president foolishly and doggedly adhering to the bigger government, more astronomical spending on credit, more restrictive and job-killing regulations on business, and less freedom for individuals liberal mindset.

  • Laura

    Bristol, you are dead on. Parents need to be parents, not friends. Yes, it’s lovely to sit at the dinner table and discuss current events, and listen to their opinion and reasoning, but as a parent it is your responsibility to guide your children and point out any flaws in their thinking.

    Clearly, Obama is using Malia & Sasha to justify his pandering for votes.

    • LMA

      Get a clue. He explained his reason for coming to his conclusion about same-sex marriage. Watch the interview. His reasons are many. You people take what Bristol’s ghost writer says as gospel. Now that fat bloviator Rush Limbaugh is going to be screaming into his mic how Sasha and Malia told President Obama how to think about same-sex marriage. And you read it here first…

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