Malia Obama: Are Obama Kids Being Used For Votes?

    July 3, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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While President Obama and First Lady Michelle have famously said they prefer to keep their girls out of the public eye as much as possible–in an effort to give them as much normalcy as they can–the girls are now appearing in some campaign ads, and that has eyebrows raising all across the country.

But the ads aren’t the first instance of Obama talking about his own family when it comes to political issues. He spoke about the impact his children had on him when it came time to make a decision about gay marriage, and publicly supporting it.

“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,” he said.

While some think the president is simply using the children to gain favor–and votes–some think he just wants to play up the fact that he is a family man and allow his girls to help his image as such.

“Children have a kind of humanizing impact, and that’s really what Obama needs,” Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, said. “Voters feel like things haven’t changed as much as they wanted. The economy still is not where they wanted it to be. He needs people to vote more on whether they like him or not, regardless of his record of accomplishment.”

Sasha and Malia are the youngest children to reside in the White House since Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, lived there in the ’70s; that could account for some of their popularity, as well. People are eager to see that the First Family is just like theirs, that the president and his wife deal with everyday issues while raising their children, just like we do. It may make a difference when voting time comes around, since ads created by Obama’s opponents will likely not have the same appeal.

  • JudySMITH

    Idonot think childern should be put out in the public for anything .Just give all people a chance to talk and say what they would like to say . They are not adults yet . Protect all childern from the people that is in A Office .

  • seriously?

    Really? he had an honest moment of clarity while talking to his children (which proves if anything that his kids are more enlightened than he is) and you think he should hide that fact? Its not exploitative to be honest. It would have been far worse had he made up some bull way he came to that realization, or pretended that it was the way he had always thought.

    And to JudySMITH. The phrase “from the mouth of babes” has been around for a long time for a reason. Younger people tend to see with nothing but common sense. There is no reason to silence children. In fact, I.Q levels and critical thinking are at a peak when you are young. To say let the adults handle it is naive and, frankly, idiotic.

  • marjorie armstrong

    when you use your children to benefit yourself all options are open whether you like it or not. children should never be used in this way.

  • Jellybean

    I don’t think thats what he is doing this man has been a famiy man from day one,The media has tried every way to tare this man down but what people don’t know is that as long as you walk with God man can’t break you. This man has been put through stupid shit they gave him more hell about his birth certifcate then they gave clintonhen he got is dick sucked an lied on tv about it as if it was nothing and you want to say this man was using his kids to get attention thats silly he is a black man that is responsible for leading america all eyes are always on him and his family…The good book state those last will be first. So stop trying to find something negative on this man unlike clinton he didnt inhale….so I guess the stero typing about black shpuld be re written and state its a ppl thing not a black thing…I am still voting for that Black man and I am a white women raised in the south.