Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has scolded President Barack Obama for discussing the topic of marriage equality with his daughters as part of his evolution in coming to support same-sex marriage.
Palin, 21 — who at age 18 became a unwed teen mother after giving birth to a son with ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston — wrote on her blog that fathers should shape their kids’ views, not the other way around.
“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.”
“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.”
Palin was responding to Obama’s remarks during an interview Wednesday with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, in which Obama said he supported full marriage equality.
“You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples,” Obama said in the ABC interview.
“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.”
Palin and Johnston were never married, and Palin has previously stated Johnston is not part of the child’s life.