What would the first daugh­ters do?

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Have you no­ticed Pres­i­dent Obama’s lat­est rhetor­i­cal de­vice? De­spite his plea upon en­ter­ing of­fice to keep daugh­ters Sasha and Malia out of the me­dia spot­light, Mr. Obama is in­creas­ingly us­ing them as props to ex­plain his think­ing on a host of prickly na­tional is­sues. Ap­par­ently, he be­lieves we’ll be dis­armed by the poignant ref­er­ences — and see his as the right side.

So far, the first daugh­ters’ names have been drawn into the de­bates on public ac­cess to con­tra­cep­tion, Rush Lim­baugh’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments about a Ge­orge­town Univer­sity law stu­dent, the avail­abil­ity of the morn­ing-af­ter pill to those 17 and older, the res­cue of an Amer­i­can aid worker from the clutches of So­mali pi­rates and the cam­paign against child­hood obe­sity.

What’s next? Is the Mid­dle East peace process sim­i­lar to the time Sasha and Malia fought over who first called “dibs” on the big­ger White House be­d­room? Was the mas­sive stim­u­lus rem­i­nis­cent of when Sasha and Malia asked to have their al­lowances raised? Is the Key­stone XL pipe­line kind of like when Sasha and Malia wanted to ride the gi­ant water slide at Six Flags?

I’m start­ing to feel per­suaded. The pres­i­dent’s ar­gu­ments are much clearer when viewed through the Sasha-and-malia prism. No longer will I need my Magic 8 Ball to fig­ure out what the heck Mr. Obama’s talk­ing about. CHUCK DI­ET­RICK Presto, Pa.

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