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.
It’s unfortunate that Palin had to get all preachy about fathers and daughters in this post, because she starts off with a good point: When conservative women run for office, they are often chastised for their focus on the family (I’d argue this is true for liberal women as well, though maybe not to the same extent). If a woman said that her opinion on a lightning rod issue like gay marriage was shaped around the dinner table with her kids, you can bet she’d get some pushback for it. Palin loses me when she starts talking about how “here’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” though. Why shouldn’t Obama be influenced, as he claims he was, by a younger generation with a different perspective? Sasha and Malia were talking to him about their friends with same-sex parents—how is listening to them and taking them seriously not “being a dad”?
Instead of scolding Obama for respecting his teenage daughters—undermining teen girls and making them out to be frivolous Glee-watchers, conveniently forgetting that she was recording teen pregnancy PSAs and accompanying her mother on the VP trail AS A TEENAGE GIRL HERSELF—Palin should be glad that a sitting president is considering his family when he makes decisions. What more could the author of Not Afraid of Life (Bristol Palin’s book about considering her family when she makes decisions) want?