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Jerry Kinderman: Let the First Family take a vacation in peace

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 am

With all of the problems emerging with regard to President Obama and his presidency, why are we so worried about what his family is doing, specifically where they choose to go on vacation?

Except for very few of us, we cannot fathom what it must be like to be the First Family of the United States of America. I only hope that the First Children will emerge mostly unscathed after eight years living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

One thing I DO know about the two currently possessing that title is that they’re performing their “duties” with dignity and respect. As far as I am concerned, let them go on vacation — especially when they’re able to travel with their father as he performs his duties.

Prior First Families have taken advantage of Air Force One to get to places most of us only dream of visiting. As long as they continue to behave as respectful ambassadors, let them enjoy their trips — and any flights on the side to nations where their ancestors came from as well. Isn’t this the least we can do to make up for childhoods that have been interrupted due to choices their parents made?

Personally, I’m proud of Malia and Natasha (known as “Sasha”) for being so well-behaved and staying out of trouble. In fact, they are so far removed from the public eye I had to look up their names to make sure I got the spelling correct. (One factoid some might find interesting is that Malia was born on the Fourth of July.)

I am no fan of Barack Hussein Obama, and as far as Michelle Obama is concerned, I suppose I can understand the arrogance that seems to emanate from her as she navigates the difficult waters as First Lady. Of course I’ve never met the woman, but she doesn’t seem overly warm and friendly. That’s pretty much all I can say against her.

Yet together, they appear to have raised two exceptional daughters, though at 15 for the eldest and 12 for the youngest, Mr. and Mrs. Obama’s parental career is not quite finished. Still, I expect that because of who they will always be (the daughters of the first black President of the United States) they will continue to make their parents proud.

As for me, I’ll continue to go after Obama’s policies and anxiously wait for the U-Haul to pull up at the People’s House to usher out the 44th President of the United States. In the meantime, let’s allow all of them to enjoy the short time they have left as First Family, after which perhaps the nation can begin to heal and return to some semblance of normal.

Jerry Kinderman is a Lodi resident, computer software developer and writer. He can be reached at 209-625-8154 or

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