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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  • L.A.

    BP truly proves her ignorance here, enough said.

  • Laughable

    Wait – an unmarried teen mother with an opinion on what marriage “should” be? How is her opinion even valid?

    • otlset

      Wait — an untested senator without any executive experience not even completing his senatorial term in office had an opinion on what the Chief Executive “should” be? How was his opinion even valid?

      • Tom

        Oh how about a Governor who didn’t know the job of the vice president when asked 3x…oh that untested senator…he got Osama Bin Laden..whom did your quitter governor get? Oh that’s right a job on fox news.

        • otlset

          She left the state of Alaska with a surplus. Unlike Obama who only knows how to spend, she knows how to govern and understands fiscal responsibility.

          • idesign

            She quit.

  • Johnathon Webster

    Bristol you’re wrong. Christian women running for office get asked about submission to their husbands because patriarchal authority is a major tenet of conservative fundamentalist christianity. The purpose of such questions is to see if these self-professed female christians will actually act according to their own beliefs and submit to their husbands. It’s very inconsistent for a woman to profess conservative values, which instruct her to submit to men, as she tries to run for a job that, by definition, gives her authority over many men. Liberal women aren’t asked these questions because they don’t claim to aspire to these old-fashioned ideas. It’s an oxymoron for an old-fashioned Christian woman to try to do anything except raise kids, cook, and clean… let alone run for president. If you disagree then you need to work on changing your own beliefs.

    I think Obama’s point was that even children, in their innocent mindsets, don’t see a compelling reason to treat gay couples differently from straight couples. It’s not until children become brainwashed with old-fashioned ideas that they begin to modify their otherwise natural viewpoint.

    And kids to best with parents who are willing and able to take good care of them by providing them with a loving home. Gay couples are just as capable as straight couples are.

  • Gina

    Hmmm, changing thousands of years of thinking is a bad thing? In that case, maybe we should maintain the Ptolemic view of the universe. You know, Aristotle’s view that earth was the center of the universe that stood for thousands of years until the scientific method proved his idea, and the Bible’s view of the universe, wrong. Ooooorrrrr maybe we should have stuck with Absolute Monarchies, slavery, social darwinism, women’s role as homemakers? Hell, let’s go back to the neanderthal time.

    It’s called progress, and it’s something our forefathers believed in. Change is inevitable, someone your age should understand that.

    • otlset

      Our forefathers (and Founding Fathers) believed in individual liberty, and constructed a *limited* form of government system that would allow that. Unlimiting government is definitely not progress, and indeed heralds ever more government control over people’s lives which by definition takes away individual liberty.

  • Izzy

    Bristol, you are so right. Keep it up.

  • Liz

    Bristol. Thank you for posting this!!! It needed to be said. I mean, first the African Americans are freed, then women get to vote, and now the audacity of the left to say that gay marriage is ok? As the unwed, single mother you are, I look to you for moral direction and you came up with aces on this blog post. Why the President thinks he can look to his own kin to help him see the world through the next generation’s eyes is beyond me. He should just stick to listening to the old, crotchety old men and women in the Senate and House. Now THEY know what the younger generation wants. I can’t wait to move to Alaska. Maybe I could come over and watch the sun set over Russia from your back porch?

  • Michelle

    “Liberals everywhere are applauding him for his bravery and his wisdom.” And Republicans everywhere, too.

  • Peg

    Bristol. I am one of those who has had a position on gay marriage evolve too and it is because of my own children. When you find out that the teacher your child loves and has helped make her into an intelligent and wonderful person is gay and does not have basic civil rights, it changes the way you view things. When you find out that your daughter’s college roommate has been in a relationship with his boyfriend for 8 years and the two of them together are obviously committed but cannot get married, it makes you question things.
    If your son turns out to be gay, you will have a choice. You can either shame him or support him and want what is best for him. But HE will make you see things in a completely different light. I am sorry that someone who is as obviously immature as you are now is writing things like that that will be forever on the web for your son to see. You shame him by belittling the importance of our children in the way we view the world.

  • Steve

    Meanwhile, in reality, every serious study comes to the conclusion that children with same-sex parents do just as well as those with opposite-sex parents. Bristol is pulling the typical wingnut trick of comparing single parent households to two parent households. It’s true that children tend to do best with two parents. But their gender is irrelevant.

  • Kameron Swithin

    Bristol–I know you are strong enough to ignore the many rude and ignorant and hateful comments some people have left to this post. The fact that they are attacking you means that you are doing something right. Also, to all the haters out there–I guess your ignorance blinds you to the fact that Obama perfectly timed his “announcement.” Interesting that he announces his endorsement of same-sex marriage one or two days after North Carolina voters voted AGAINST same-sex marriage, which caused an uproar amongst many Americans. Timing means everything. He’s using the uproar against the NC vote to gain votes for his presidential election. DUH. Even my many gay friends saw through that one. Also–to all the haters–if all you have to do with your time is write hateful things about someone else, GET A LIFE. Okay, I feel better now. :)