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    The policy here has been that the children of politicians are off limits to criticism, even when they do stuff that otherwise might be newsworthy.

    That policy has been invoked as to the Obama children, consistent with our criticism of the left’s despicable and vile attacks on Trig Palin.

    Thus, we have not commented on the vacation of the Obama kids.

    I agree with Katie Pavlich below that the issue is not the kids, it’s the tone-deafness of the kids’ parents who do nothing to keep down taxpayer expenses related to family travel at a time the White House is shut to everyone else’s children because we supposedly don’t have enough taxpayer money.

    But the debate needs to be framed around the attitude of the parents, not about the Obama kids.


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    The kids are afforded a presumption of innocence and better judgment. Once they grow up and adopt a philosophy based on reason rather than emotion or naivety, then they will be eligible for rational criticism.

      Radegunda in reply to n.n. | April 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Obama wants us to believe that children younger than his daughters are offering rational arguments and pleas for taking guns away from adults, and that adults should listen to them.

      Girls who are permitted to take distant vacations without their parents should be presumed old enough to apply some reasoning to their actions.

    Sasha and Malia Obama ‘Learn What They Live’
    By Jeannie DeAngelis

    Henry Hawkins | April 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure Sasha and Malia didn’t steal the keys to the presidential limo and take off alone and unprotected without telling anyone.

      Radegunda in reply to Henry Hawkins. | April 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Where did anyone suggest such a notion?

      The fact that they got parental approval doesn’t make it all okay. It means the parents indulged their daughters’ extravagant requests at a cost to taxpayers, while saying that taxpayers must suffer and be endangered unless they cough up more money for Obama to spend.

      The girls made selfish demands. The parents said yes. The taxpayers are stuck with a big part of the bill. The only innocent party is the taxpayers.

    nordic_prince | April 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Ad hominem attacks should be avoided, because they do nothing to support a conservative position.

    Otherwise, what these faux royalty do in the public eye, on the public dime, is fair game for criticism. Zero’s kids are not innocent little children who are so naive that they even need help wiping their butts. They are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong, between sincerity and hypocrisy, between responsibility and irresponsibility. No one forced them to go on lavish vacations – they are willing participants. So they shouldn’t be so shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to learn that their actions have resulted in “bad optics.”

    If they don’t like the heat, they can quit bellyaching, STFU, and get out of the kitchen.

    BannedbytheGuardian | April 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It takes a village to raise a child.

    A Bahamas. Village , an Hawaiin village , a Sun Valley village , An Aspenvillage , a Martha’s Vineyard village & the nice little Quaker schoolvillage with its high security armed guards.

    Does not matter which village those 2 are in – they are always snarling .

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