Mark DanielsMark Daniels is a broadcasting veteran of more than 30 years, and currently serves as the Programming and Marketing Manager of WFIL/WNTP in Philadelphia. His daily talk show and On the Mark commentaries have consistently won top honors from the PA Association of Broadcasters, as well as past awards from the Philadelphia Press Association, Excellence in Media, and others. Daniels serves as host of the nationally-syndicated Christian ministry program, The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Montgomery Boice. He is a church elder and Bible conference president. Mark Daniels can be heard weekdays at 4pm ET on www.wfil.com, and The Mark Daniels Show can be seen weekly on WBPH-TV 60 (WBPH.org).
- 2005 May 03
I'm a little surprised that I've seen virtually no concern expressed about a few of the comments made by our First Lady at this weekend's Washington Correspondants' Dinner.
I suspect the evangelicals fear appearing prudish or out of touch, and the conservatives eschew criticizing anything the President or his family say or do, lest the liberal media use such statements as further proof that the Republican party is ripping apart at its seams.
Forgive me, Rush...but I can't "take a chill pill" on this one. It is inappropriate for anyone privileged to stand in the "bully pulpit" of the presidency to elevate the activity of watching the bawdy "Desperate Housewives" on television, or to suggest that visiting a strip club is even worthy of dignified conversation in the presence of her husband, the leader of the free world.
I don't want a First Family that is "just like us." Our children, our nation--even our enemies abroad--need to see a White House populated by people whose behavior we can aspire to and emulate at all times. I'm sure some within the Republican Party believe Mrs. Bush's comedy routine was a strategic success; now, moral and political liberals know that the Bushes are really not much different than themselves.
To me, that signifies a tragic defeat.