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Santorum disses Obama for parenting skills with Malia

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Thirteen-year-old First Daughter Malia Obama recently embarked on a spring-break trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with some classmates and twenty-five Secret Service agents (Ron Paul frowns), but the excursion was downplayed in the press, as a number of sites even pulled the story, including The Telegraph, The Huffington Post, and Free Republic. This had to do with the traditional understanding between the White House and press corps that presidential kids are off-limits.

But the story did get out, including the detail that Malia made the trip amid travel warnings issued by the State Department (the obvious narco-violence and corruption), though no warning was in effect for the state of Oaxaca. And of course, Superdad and furtive Juggs reader Rick Santorum had an opinion on President Obama's judgment regarding his daughter's heavily-guarded vacay. In a phone interview with Glenn Beck, Santorum said:

"What I would say is that the president's actions should reflect what his administration is saying. If the administration is saying that it's not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send twenty-five Secret Service agents doesn't mean you should do it… And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don't set the example by sending your kids down there."

Then we learned that an earthquake measuring 7.6 struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, about 110 miles from Acapulco. One could almost hear Santorum saying, "See, I told you so. I'm a better parent. Nya, nya, nya nyanya."

Fortunately, Malia was nowhere in the vicinity, and a spokesperson for Mrs. Obama assured us, "In light of today's earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger."

Bottom line, President Obama isn't going to roll the dice with his daughter's life, and Santorum making political hay out of a teenager's innocent trip abroad just makes him look stupid. But that's kind of his thing.