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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  • Chanel

    First of all – how can you Ms Bristol Palin judge anyone. I honestly hope that you son in a homosexual so one day you will understand what it is like. I am a straight, female. I however, am a parts of the GLBT, I am an advociate for human rights. My best friends, serious, my two best friends from childhood are both gay. Obama did not say that Sasha and Malia made the decision. He was thinking about his childrens future and those around him. That why because you love a female and you are female, or your soul mate is a male and you are a male you deserve to be happy. Did you know that there was a time in America when being black you were not considered a human. 3/4′s of a human was all black people were considered. That there was a time when women couldnt vote. Ms Palin, there was a time when you would have been so irrevelent and not have been able to have this blog, if it wasnt for you mom. IF you MOM was never famous, nobody would give a crap about a teenage who had a baby out of wedlock.
    Oh Bristol, YOu live in a glass house do not throw stones.
    “”Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. ”
    A man is needed in a household to help raise a child? Where is your babys daddy. Is he raising your son? Oh thats right, he is playing daddy to someone else.
    and lets look at this statement:
    “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?”
    -maybe if you mom listened to men more, she would have been VP. BUt then this country would have been screwed.
    Last time I checked a sin is a sin is a sin. It doesnt matter if you have to tell a little while lie, or are gay, get a divorce OR HAVE A BABY OUT OF WEDLOCK!

    Miss Plain, I had respect for you. You were a teen mother, yet instead of being like the “teen moms” you went out and spoke to teens, and I will appluade you for that. However, you have lost my respect.

    Grow up. And stop trying to be you Mom.

  • Sam B

    “we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home”

    This is absolutely not true. There are longstanding, well-established studies that show that parents do better in TWO PARENT homes, not mother/father homes, as much as I’m sure certain people would love to read them that way. There are also studies, quite recent ones actually, that show that kids raised in homes with two parents of the same sex do just as well as their peers.

    You’re entitled to your opinion, but don’t you think you have a responsibility to stick to the facts?

    • otlset

      Many “studies” aren’t conducted adequately at all, and end up being totally wrong. Like the “studies” in the 70s that indicated the earth would enter an ice-age due to man’s fossil-fuel burning.

  • Samantha

    Wow, you really are a dumb bitch.

  • D

    Studies show children do better in homes with a mother and father as opposed to same sex couples. What does the study say about children born out of wedlock? Is that productive?

  • Andrew Meyer

    Bristol it concerns me, but I understand your 21, that you dont understand that people change. Much that “has been traditional for thousands of years” has changed as well, including but not limited to, a womans right to vote, interracial marriage, non male/white landowners, (also see king david he had 8 wives) and hell smoking used to be good for you. Also your facts on a child being better off in a woman/man relationship are factually incorrect…read “My Two Mom’s”…how is my ability to marry whomever I want going to affect your family or future marriage?

  • Kevin

    A young unwed mother judges someone else’s view on marriage? Ridiculous!

  • Jack

    Obama is pandering to gays for their votes (and their money)

    • Susan

      He has a big fundraiser at George Clooney’s house tonight. He’s going to rake in A LOT of Hollywood money.

  • DermoMC

    So… ” kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. ” Really??? How’s YOUR child’s “mother/father” home ? I don’t even LIKE Obama, but I’ll defend him against your type of hate speech any day of the week.

  • Jennifer

    At least be honest that you are only writing this because you do not agree with his stance, not how he got there. If someones children helped them change their opinion on religion and become “closer to god,” I highly doubt you would be looking down upon that. I would expect that you of all people could understand how hurtful it is when people who do not know you judge your life, decisions, and “mistakes.” I would think you could have a little more compassion for others, including democrats, the non-Christians, and homosexuals (gasp!). Lets put it in a way you might understand “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

  • http://ifyoucant.wordpress.com Randi

    There was one thing that popped out instantly in your blog post, Ms. Palin – the fact that your mother was questioned on whether or not she would submit to her husband when she was running for president. You also noted that liberal candidates were not asked the same question, only Republican candidates. Does that not make you see something? You seem to say that any female candidate should not be questioned about whether or not they would ask their husbands for permission before making any sort of serious decision, and the fact that female Democratic candidates to not get questions like this should show you one thing very clearly – the Republican way of thinking is extremely outdated. How can you support the Republican Party and their belief that homosexual relationships are wrong when you’re also sitting there saying that they shouldn’t be questioning female candidates about their subservience to their husbands. Wake up and smell the java, Bristol. The nation, and the world, are changing very rapidly.

    Personally I think it takes a very strong person to be able to look through the eyes of their children and have their vision changed because of it.What will you do with your son decides that he wants to be a homosexual relationship? What would you do if your siblings wanted to be in a homosexual relationship? What if tomorrow morning you woke up and realized that all men suck and you wanted to be with a woman? If you truly want to be someone that other people can look up to, you have to be willing to open your eyes and to look at things differently than you may have before.


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