I truly believe that the family of the President or candidate running for President should be respected and left alone. Whether it is Laura, Jenna or Barbara Bush; whether it is Chelsea Clinton; whether it is Cindy, Douglas, Andrew, Sidney, Meghan, John, James or Bridget McCain; whether it is Michelle, Malia or Sasha Obama – the families should be left alone, they are not fair game.
When I go to business functions and have to take my significant other it is ALWAYS painful for him. My significant other doesn’t want to be there, but he loves me so he grins and bears it, and smiles, and makes small talk and shakes hands – for me. When it’s my turn to reciprocate, I grin and bear it, and smile, and make small talk and shake hands – for him. We’re there in a supporting role because we love each other, we’re committed to each other and because we are dependable people. Can you imagine someone attacking your significant other because of a decision you made at work? How crazy would that be?
The person elected or running for office made a decision to do so; it’s their professional path not their families. The families of course are proud of the candidate and stand behind him but make no mistake it is the candidate’s career, not theirs. They are only in the public eye to support the candidate not to promote them self.
If the candidate’s spouse decided not to campaign then there would be questions like, “If she doesn’t support him, why should anyone else?” “What does she know about him that makes her not want to campaign for him?” Questions galore would abound if the spouse or family were not standing behind and doing somersaults in support of the candidate.
So the candidate’s spouse and family, does the right thing and steps up to the plate and faces the world and the cameras and they are attacked for being loyal to their spouse or parent.
How is this fair to them?
Maureen Dowd wrote a column that details future attacks planned against Michelle Obama and I read it in disbelief.
When and why have Americans become so mean-spirited and ungracious?
Don’t we live in the greatest country in the world?
Why are we so angry?
Why do we feel compelled to rudeness?
I often hear people say things like, “John Smith is so talented, he’s smart and he’s tough. He should run for office.”
Why should “John Smith” and people like him run for any public office when they and their families are treated like the enemy when they are simply dedicated American citizens who are devoted to make America better for all of us?
Why should our best and brightest citizens run for office when this is the way we thank them?
They might as well think only about themselves, stay in corporate America, make big bucks, live a charmed life and leave dim-witted, badly informed, ill-mannered Americans to fend for themselves!
These seriously obtuse individuals should get their own enclave and be banished where only people just like them live, run for office and are their leaders.
SMDH in disgust!
Link to Maureen Dowd’s column “Mincing up Michelle” below.