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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  • Aerowyn Laendler

    You do realize that your “thousands of years of thinking” is actually only the European view? For most of history, in most of the world, a man has lived with wives and some even with concubines. The Old Testament even says so- see Abraham or David or Solomon (who had 200 wives and another 800 concubines, if I’m remembering correctly) for the most well known examples.
    I would like to add that Bristol Palin is at least much more respectful than half the blogosphere and even many of the official reports. It gives her a more credible opinion for calling him “President Obama” rather than just Obama as if he weren’t the most powerful man in the world.

  • Elizabeth Amorose

    Perhaps it’s because your son is too young still… but a parent who thinks that we can’t learn from our children’s perspectives is a parent missing out on the magic of parenthood. Your silly, simplistic interpretation of what the President relayed says more about you than him. My hope is that, going forward, you focus more on discovering who your son is than on our President’s interactions with his daughters. For you, Ms. Palin, are the one deficient here.

  • LawyerBetty

    Really? Bitch take your out of wedlock child, hoe ass somewhere and sit the fuck down. Like you sit here in your mediocre blog post and say “oh he shouldnt listen to his family” …first off he was the first to attack don’t ask don’t tell so how is that “influence” of his family? His views were know sweetie, he pressured by the media and other sources to make a statement. A stance. Not impied or expressed. But honestly anyone who buys this garbage you wrote is dumber then you. Please go educate yourself and think instead of being an airhead like your mother.

  • Laura

    This post was pretty frustrating to read. I was surprised that you would write, “Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.” What exactly is the “right” way of thinking? I believe that parents can teach their children the “right” way of thinking by teaching them that everyone should be treated equally and with respect, regardless of any factor, such as sexual orientation.

    And while I do not agree with what you have to say about the President’s announcement on gay marriage, I was very disappointed (yet, sadly, not shocked) by the fact that so many of the comments on this post are extremely rude and hateful. There so many flaws with Bristol’s argument, that it’s unnecessary to attack her personal character. I don’t understand why some people cannot focus on rationally defending gay marriage, instead of resorting to calling Bristol offensive names.

    • sodakhic

      Yeah and it’s all the tolerant left that’s spewing hate. Bill Maher would be impressed with these gross, foul mouthed examples the libs have put out today. Can’t wait for Bristol to highlight the civil discussion from 75% of these losers

  • Lise

    Bristol – You should really look into history, as marriage was not solely deemed that between a man and a women. As well as gain an understanding of religion as a function of societal control. Maybe a look see again at separation of church and state. If you truly believed in all that you confess, and the history you believe that goes with it, you, yourself would have been stoned to death.
    My marriage to my wife does not in any way affect your life, nor the life of any of your bigoted little friends. My soon to be born grandson will grow up knowing that he is loved and his grandmothers’ relationship and love for him is not tainted in any way by the opinions of folks like you and your flock.
    It is truly sad that you seem to have missed the point of what Christianity is about. Love one another. Do unto one another as….etc.
    Oh, and by the way, Marriage is a civil, not religious joining of two people who love one another. No one is asking you or your church’s opinion or sanction.
    And as you would expect for your mother, you really should give a bit of respect for your President.

    • Andrea

      For thousands of years, marriage has been a religious joining of two people. Try reading the Bible, Torah, or Quran, or studying Hindu teachings

      • claraluz

        And you, Andrea, try to study history written by historians, not just the religious books . Marriage is a civil contract — in most societies,a legal marriage is registered with the STATE first – if you want a religious ceremony, you can go ahead and have one, but without the civil document, you are not legally married.

  • http://barackobama.com Victoria

    Bristol Palin, you’re a unwed stupid female setting back women a 100+ years. You have no father figure in your child’s life, years ago people denied us females rights because we were simply a woman. So STFU and read a damn book. Sorry your mom lost, she was a nut case.

  • esrl100

    Sj that was great you share my grief , secondly Bristol not only speaks for herself but her opinions and views reveals the ideology of the party she represents this is what she has been taught… Bristol it would have benefit you to study abroad. So we now have a very clear idea on the type of ignorance that exist within the conscious of these so called privileged folks…

  • R.Odinga

    Obama relies on his children to define his policies. That alone is scary enough, but these children inherited Obama’s genes and thus suffer from the same congenital mental deficiency. That is outright terrifying.

    • Cynical Susan

      I’m hoping this is a joke and fearing that it’s not. You seem to be saying that blacks are mentally deficient, and yet somehow Mr. Obama, whether people agree with his policies or not, is a very very smart man. Michelle Obama is also recognized as a very smart person. And you? Your sentences are well structured and that indicates some level of intelligence, and yet you seem to have made a pretty dumb assumption.

  • Liane Blanco

    You, a poorly educated, unwed mother and a reality show “star”, scolding the President of the United States on his parenting. Your mother’s stupidity did not skip a generation, Bristol.

  • Martha

    I’m not sure how Ms. Palin is qualified to make an opinion of any consequence about the importance of kids growing up with in a mother/father home, especially based on the circumstances of her own personal situation. Her “thousands of years” logic is astounding — apparently, she doesn’t grasp the concept of a changing world.

    • Dave

      I believe Bristol put together a well thought out statement on what she feels is right. For those on here who says her opinion is irrelevant, why are you even reading her blog? Her thoughts, beliefs and feelings are just as relevant as any American. The fact that thousands are reading her blog and she is all over the news means her opinions are relevant. Love it! Go Palin!! ;-)

      • John

        Dave, your wife is a fucking lesbian, and your kids want to kill you. So instead of causing a rift and having your kids sent to prison for murder, just kill yourself. Fucking idiot. Anybody who doesn’t see her cherry-pick quotes and believes this is well thought out is so fucking ignorant. You should seriously OD on heroin, and leave any and all thinking to people who can handle it without having their brain hemorrhage.

      • Eve

        I believe in her right to her opinion. I just strongly disagree. You know, like how she agrees to the President’s right to an opinion, but disagrees.