Bristol Palin attacked the first family for influencing President Obama on gay marriage in a blog post suggesting that it is inappropriate for a president to be swayed by their family when making policy decisions.
Palin bases her premise on the charge that the media often attacks conservative candidates using their religion against them, by suggesting that a female Christian woman would be too greatly influenced by her husband because of the Christian doctrine that a wife must “submit” to their husband.
It’s ironic that Bristol Palin would go after the president’s daughters when her mother, Sarah Palin, asked the media to keep her family out of politics.
“I’m not whining about the treatment of the press,” Palin said in 2009, “but I am calling reporters on the family aspect of this. I think it’s unprecedented in some respects what I have seen with my children.”
Bristol Palin’s post was based on the following excerpt of an ABC news interview the president gave as a follow-up to yesterday’s declaration of his stance on gay marriage.
“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.”
Palin actually went as far as to suggest that the president is so inept at making policy decisions that the appointment of cabinet positions should be in the hands of Malia and Sasha and the Attorney General, Eric Holder, should be replaced by a cartoon character.
“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,” Palin wrote.
She concludes the post with what appears to be another dig at the Obama girls: “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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