Most parents in his position would go to any lengths to shield their kids from politics.

Obama taps daughters to give big issues a human scale — AP

President Obama likes to talk about his children. What parent doesn’t?

But Obama is not just another father shooting the breeze about his children’s antics in last night’s soccer game. He is the president, and he brings up his daughters to explain his thinking on all sorts of combustible national issues.

He has cited Sasha and Malia, now 10 and 13, in discussing everything from the rescue of an American aid worker from Somalian pirates to the touchy subject of public access to emergency contraception. His daughters also are prominent in a family photo being used by his reelection campaign.

Most recently, Obama brought up his daughters when asked about conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s reference to college student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” after she testified that birth control should be covered by insurance.

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