Watch Doug Wead talk about this tomorrow on CBS Morning News at 7:30 AM.
Here he responds to the recent criticism of Malia and Sasha at the White House Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony.
Whatever criticism one might have for the President and First Lady no one can really lay a finger on them as parents. They have been the best we have seen in modern times, balancing love and discipline better than any of the more recent dysfunctional presidential families. Many presidents and first ladies neglect their children for years and notoriously indulge them during their time in the White House. This First Couple, the Obama’s, offer their children structure, limit their time online, for example, and keep their heads in their school books. They don’t ignore the special opportunities for them to learn, including them on some foreign trips when they can but they don’t over do it. I also like the way the President keeps his promises to his children.
Saying that the Obama girls are being disrespectful for rolling their eyes at a corny, Turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House is rather petty. We forgave the Bush twins for underage drinking and sticking their tongue out at the media. We forgave the Reagan daughter for posing for Playboy. I think we can all give the Obama girls a pass for their honest reaction to an anachronistic White House ceremony that deserved the ax long ago.