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.
In this situation, it was the other way around. 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.
Bristol Palin weighs in on Obama’s coming out on gay marriage, accusing the President of having his world view shaped by his children. Again, going to link to this post about Martin Luther King, Jr. talking to his daughter Yolanda.
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 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. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.
Frontpage: Wednesday, April 4th
- Santorum: ‘It’s Halftime’: Rick Santorum may have suffered a triple defeat and be trailing in endorsements, money, and delegates—272 to Mitt Romney’s 646, according to the Associated Press—but he’s not bowing out yet. “It’s halftime,” he said at a rally in Mars, Pa., last night.
- Mogadishu Theater Bombed: The heads of Somalia’s Olympic committee and football association were among the seven people killed in a bombing at a theater in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, early Tuesday. The Somali prime minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, was also present at the theater but he said he was unhurt.
- U.N. Team Races to Damascus: So much for the truce pledge. The United Nations said on Tuesday that it is rushing a team to Damascus after the Syrian regime sent reinforcements into rebel areas. The Syrian regime reportedly continued to bombard Homs and other cities, despite promising to withdraw troops in obedience to a U.N. peace plan.
- Suspected Shooter Had Troubled Past: More details are emerging about One L. Goh, the man suspected of killing seven people at a nursing school on Monday. Goh came back to Oakland, where his ailing father lived, after running into financial difficulties in Hayes, Va.
- Romney Takes WI, MD, DC: Everything is coming up Romney. Riding a wave of high-profile endorsements, Mitt Romney won clear victories in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., last night, solidifying his place as the Republican frontrunner and presumptive nominee. “Republicans are unifying,” said Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a recent Romney backer.
Photo: Today’s the 44th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. A new book pushes the theory that the KKK were involved with the leader’s death. (AP Photo)
King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”
But it’s also worth remembering that it was not always this way. King was widely reviled in his lifetime, attacked as a troublemaker, a liar, a con man and a communist.
These smears are part of his legacy as well. They remind us that even American icons were once demonized and derided. And when we whitewash history into simplicity, we lose a sense of the real struggle that can inspire endurance today.
John Avlon on how Dr. King’s been whitewashed. (Photo: William Lovelace / Getty Images)
Click the photo for never-before seen photos from the Freedome Rides. Incredible.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.
Pictured: Among his landmark early addresses, King’s speech that day, known as “Give Us the Ballot,” urged President Eisenhower and members of Congress to protect the most basic rights of democracy for all American citizens:
“We come humbly to say to the men in the forefront of our government that the civil rights issue is not an ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo,” King said in his powerful, rich preacher’s voice. “It is rather an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our nation…. The hour is late. The clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now, before it is too late.”
(see more — NEVER SEEN: MLK & the Freedom Rides)
Frontpage: Monday, Jan. 16th
- Huntsman to Drop Out of Race: Huntsman told his aides late Sunday that he would drop his bid for President and endorse Mitt Romney.
- Italy Cruise Rescue Halted in Rough Seas: Search put on hold this morning. The captain of the ship has been arrested. At least 6 people are dead, and 16 missing.
- Donors Rewarded Santorum’s Earmarks: A Romney group is escalating attacks on Santorum over wasteful spending.
- Obamas Attend MLK Service: President Obama attended a service for the birthday of Martin luther King, Jr. Sunday (his actual birthday). In New York, Occupy Wall Street protesters held their own star-studded vigil.
- Pakistan Premier Accused of Contempt: The standoff between Pakistan’s civilian government, the military and the judiciary just got even tenser. The Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani today, which would be the first steps in removing him from power.
Photo: Yolanda King, 3, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s granddaughter, and her mother, Arndrea King, visited his new memorial in Washington. (JACQUELYN MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS)