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Will the Obamas All Get Tattoos?

Posted By Kim Keister On April 25, 2013 @ 10:41 am In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled

On the April 24 “Today” show, President Obama laid out the strategy he and Michelle have devised to discourage their daughters from getting tattoos.

Fire_and_water_back_tattoo [1]“What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo [2],” Obama told Savannah Guthrie in a taped interview. “And our thinking is that might dissuade them from thinking that somehow that’s a good way to rebel.”

The logic behind the Obama’s tattoo-prevention strategy sounds oddly familiar. A couple of years ago, as Democrats and Republicans struggled for a way to break their budget standoff, Obama proposed this: Let’s come up with a fiscal scheme so repugnant to everybody that a compromise budget deal is inescapable.

So they came up with the sequester, which went like this: If no budget compromise comes to pass, we’ll cut a ton of money from the military: Republicans will hate that. And we’ll cut a ton of money from domestic programs: Democrats will hate that.

What happened? Budget compromise, no. Sequester [3], yes.

If the president’s strategy for handling his daughters works as well as his strategy for handling Congress, one day you’ll see the Obamas show off their family tattoo on YouTube.

For a very different story about a family tattoo, watch the video below.

YouTube Preview Image [4]


Photo: Bengt Nyman via Wikimedia


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Fire_and_water_back_tattoo.jpg

[2] family tattoo: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/parenting/info-07-2009/moms_tattoo.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[3] Sequester: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/19/sequester-impact-on-air-traffic-controllers-faa-furloughs/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbAA_HxyyZg

[5] Tattoos Over 50: Awesome or Awful?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/01/30/tattoos-over-50-awesome-or-awful/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[6] I’m 63, She’s 37. How Young Is Too Young?: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/07/13/pepper-schwartz-older-men-dating-younger-women/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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