From The Grio — In a recent blog post full of snark and randomness, Bristol Palin attacked President Barack Obama for his stance on gay marriage; it would have been a great post, if it were in The Onion.
Shortly after Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support of gay marriage, President Obama did the same in unequivocal terms during an interview with Robin Roberts, for ABCNews. Previously for gay people only having civil unions, the president giving a full-on endorsement of gay marriage before the presidential election kicked into high gear, was a surprise and a flash point for many political observers.
Bristol is certainly not the only person to be critical of the president’s position, but her criticism is down-right odd. As the friend and relative of several teen moms, I initially felt sympathy for Bristol back in 2008, when she was thrust into teen motherhood at the exact same time as her mother was enduring an excruciating media-intensive bid for the White House. Her mom lost, she gave birth, her relationship fell apart and she became a statistic–the single teen mom.
That sympathy, however, has withered away. Now, the single, never-been-married mother of a toddler decided that it would be a good idea to strongly criticize President Obama’s personal stance on gay marriage mostly on the theory that “we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.”
So let’s get this straight (pun half-way intended), we should only be for child-bearing households that contain a mother and a father. That in itself is not an unheard-of position — many people on both ends of the political spectrum have said the same in so many words — but it’s interesting in a “throwing stones from a glass house/igloo” type of way for Bristol to attack President Obama’s stance from that angle without addressing her own situation. She has talked before about what she has learned from her own experience, but this particular blog post conveniently left out that information.