This too via Glenn Reynolds, but I am posting it because as a single Dad who reared his children I find this story interesting and appalling on two fronts. The first of course is Glenn’s take that what if this were a Republican. That doesn’t move me so much because frankly I expect it at this point.
What bothers me about this is the cavalier attitude on the part of Orzag. Lord knows I am not passing judgement on people’s actions. But when the President preaches to all of us about responsible fatherhood (which i do not disagree with) and then appoint a man who demonstrates what I consider to be irresponsible behavior and a cavalier attitude toward fatherhood, it sends an alarming message that the speech was “just words”.
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. I will make many more if I live long enough. But when it comes to being a father, it’s owning up to responsibility that is the true measure of a man. Instead it seems we have another example of “if it feels good do it.”
If it became known that a Cabinet-level official in George W. Bush’s administration — a divorced father of two — was the father of a baby born out of wedlock to an ex-girlfriend, and that the official had announced his engagement to a woman he met while the ex-girlfriend was pregnant, do you believe for one second that reporters, and not just gossip columnists, wouldn’t be having a field day?