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When professional Facebooker Sarah Palin quit her last public employment as Governor of Alaska, it was because the media were intruding too much and too far into her personal space, and her family. 

So it’s somewhat ironic to find Ms. Palin’s single-mother abstinence advocate, Bristol, criticizing the Obama family for helping the President arrive at his acceptance of same sex marriage. 

“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“, wrote Bristol

The single mother of one, who is estranged from her babydaddy, went on to write, 

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.

At what point does Tripp‘s dad get to be dad? The irony and cognitive dissonance here is so incredible – so palpable -as to be infuriatingly hilarious. It’s got everything, starting with the irony of a single mother lecturing the President – who is in a longtime monogomous marriage – about family values.

She lectures the Obamas about how to parent; she trivializes the societal and political import of same-sex marriage – which is critically important to many people, and does no one any harm; she clumsily throws up the idea that teenaged kids and their perhaps more progressive opinions about social issues are akin to a toddler recommending fictional cartoon characters to occupy cabinet posts; and finally, she passive-aggressively attacks Glee, which is a conservative bogeyman representing popular culture’s acceptance of LGBT people as valuable members of society. 

But what I want to know is something I Tweeted shortly after learning of this astonishing criticism by America’s Walking Contradiction: 

Bristol Palin's child, Tripp, would like to hear more about this "traditional marriage" of which his mother speaks.
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Alan Bedenko

  • BlackRockLifer

    So Bristol is just like mom, unable to recognize hypocrisy and intellectually challenged by the complexity and nuance of issues. I think she has a promising future as a leader in the republican party.

  • Jesse Griffis

    That’s pretty clumsy, poorly-written, poorly thought out… C- material at best.

    Bristol dear, Daddy Obama most certainly DID lead his family in the right way of thinking. What’s really a shame is that it took him this long – the equivocation (you can go look that up, I know it’s a big word) was putting a big dent in his aura.

    • EricSaldanha

      Jesse – speaking as an Obama supporter, I saw no “dent in his aura” as this President has done more to advance the cause of LGBT rights than any of his predecessors. And, I’m damn proud he took the political risk to make this announcement months before the election, rather than after.

      Thank you for your concern, though.
       
       

  • You called my reaction perfectly. Angrily, “You’ve got to be F***ing kidding me,” followed by laughter and a ‘double palm to cheek’ of astonishment.