When PresidentÂ Barack Obama came out recently in support of same-sex marriage, many Black evangelicals were left reeling, not sure if they should consider withdrawing their support. In fact, 63 percent of Newsone participants said they do not agree with the presidentâ€™s stance. Apparently, neither does Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice-presidential candidateÂ Sarah Palin, and she blames Malia and Sasha Obama for the presidentâ€™s change of heart.
Appearing on ABCâ€™sÂ Good Morning America, President Obama had this to say about his personal evolution of thought:
â€śItâ€™s interesting, some of this is also generational,â€ť the president continued. â€śYou 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 weâ€™re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldnâ€™t dawn on them that somehow their friendsâ€™ parents would be treated differently. It doesnâ€™t make sense to them and, frankly, thatâ€™s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.â€ť
Bristol, who was a great source of embarrassment for her mother when she turned up unwed and pregnant at 17 â€” while Palin preached abstinence to the world â€” decided to attack the presidentâ€™s credibilityÂ in the blogosphere by saying that his daughters really run 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
â€śSo let me get this straight â€“ itâ€™s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but itâ€™s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with hisÂ teenage daughters?â€ť
[Editor's Note: Malia Obama is 13; Sasha Obama is 10 -- conservatives and those pesky "facts."]
But her sarcasm and homophobia donâ€™t end there:
â€śI guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha arenâ€™t younger, or perhaps todayâ€™s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox,â€ť she said. â€śSometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.Â In this case, it wouldâ€™ve been nice if the President wouldâ€™ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes ofÂ Glee.â€ť
And what what would Bristolâ€™s actions indicate â€” that sheâ€™s been watching one too many episodes ofMTVâ€™s 16 and Pregnant?
Bottom line: Children should be off limits. It would also behoove Bristol to remember that it wasnâ€™t so long ago, 2008 in fact, that PresidentÂ Obama defended her against attacks.
â€śLet me be as clear as possible,â€ť Obama said. â€śI think peopleâ€™s families are off-limits, and peopleâ€™s children are especially off-limits. This shouldnâ€™t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palinâ€™s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president.
â€śPeople should back off these kinds of stories;Â [I was] born to an 18-year-old mother.â€ť
Itâ€™s quite pathetic that the same respect isnâ€™t returned to him. But coming from the Palin family, is anyone surprised?