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Obama Invokes Sasha and Malia in Public Comments—PICTURES

May 10, 2012

Announcing his support for gay marriage on Wednesday, President Obama invoked his daughters, Sasha and Malia. 

"You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, " he said.

Obama has brought up his daughters—traditionally the president's children are kept out of the limelight—in other instances of national news. Here's a look at those cases:

(RELATED: In Reversal, Obama Backs Gay Marriage)


On Gay Marriage: "You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples," he said. "There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table, and we’re talking about their friends and their parents, and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On the Student-Loan-Rate Freeze: Speaking at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., in May, Obama said he thought of his daughters' futures. "When we should have been starting to save up for Malia’s and Sasha’s college educations, we were still paying off our educations. So we can’t price the middle class out of a higher education," he said.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On Trayvon Martin: “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said in Rose Garden remarks.((AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari))


On Sandra Fluke: After Rush Limbaugh derided Fluke for her testimony regarding her use of birth control, Obama said he wanted his daughters to have the opportunity to speak “in a civil and thoughtful way. And I do not want them attacked or called horrible names.”(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

After Rescue of Aid Worker From Somali Pirates: After Navy SEALs rescued an aid worker, Obama brought up his daughters. "I cannot imagine what he went through--given Malia and Sasha--and for him to be able to stay strong," the president said.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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