(WASHINGTON) — Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has a bone to pick with President Obama. The former Dancing with the Stars contestant chastised the president for allowing his young daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, to influence his stance on gay marriage.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Obama said that his daughters “have friends whose parents are same-sex couples.”
“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,” Obama said. “It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
In a blog posted Thursday, Palin criticized the president for consulting his “teenage daughters” when making “a massive change in a policy position that could affect the entire nation.”
“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,” Palin wrote.
Palin then berated Obama for not being an “actual leader” and explaining to his young daughters, whose views she suggested were inspired by “one too many episodes of Glee,” that even though their friends had same-sex parents, “that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.”
“While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” Palin said in the blog post.
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