- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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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