After Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he endorses gay marriage, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol posted an entry on her Patheos blog critiquing the president.
Suggesting that Obama might have appointed Dora the Explorer Attorney General had his daughters been a few years younger, Palin dismissed the announcement as the presidential equivalent of a teenage flirtation. “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.”
After making headlines as a single mother who advocates teen abstinence, Palin remained in the spotlight with an appearance on season 11 of Dancing With the Stars, where she eventually placed third. In a piece entitled “Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama,” Palin condemned Obama for saying that he was inspired to make the announcement by his daughters’ acceptance of same-sex families. “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” she wrote. “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 Obama’s interview with ABC News Wednesday, the president explained that young people like his daughters Malia and Sasha were accepting of nontraditional relationships, and it prompted him to reconsider his public position on gay marriage. “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.”
During Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential campaign, the candidate fielded questions about the idea that Christian ideology suggests that women are supposed to be submissive to their husbands. Palin attempted to draw a parallel between the idea of a Christian female president deferring to her husband on policy issues and Obama making policy decisions based on advice from his children. “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?”