Rick Santorum, love doctor

The former senator offers dating advice to President Obama


Alex Koppelman
June 2, 2009 9:45PM (UTC)

Advice columnist Dan Savage better watch his back -- looks like his old pal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is coming for his job.

Santorum appeared on Fox News' "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren Monday night to talk about the trip President Obama took with his wife to New York City this past weekend. Republicans have been doing their best to make hay out of the cost of the trip, and Santorum was no exception, though he also took the time to offer a bit of condescension, and a bit of dating advice. Here's some of it:

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Number one, I think it's great that the president has a date night with his wife. He's a role model.He's a role model in particular, whether he likes it or not, in the African-American community.

And you have an African-American community, particularly in the poor inner city areas, we're looking at out of wedlock birthrates in three quarters to 75 percent (sic) of children being born out of wedlock. Marriage is an institution that's a bridge too far for too many African-American woman and is not desirable among African-American males.

Here we have a president of the United States who says that marriage is cool. You have respect for your wife, and you treat her with the respect and dignity that she deserves. And she is part of this team. And it's not just part of professional team, but it's also part of a personal, romantic team. I think that's all great. So I think it's important that he keeps having his date night.

I think he has to realize that flying to New York is self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot and a beer. It does not matter where you go with your wife, is that it's with your wife. That's really the point... I would make the argument, the simpler the date, the more normal it is.

It connects to people. Here is what you do. Here is how you do it. And it is not going to Broadway. All right, once in awhile, you do something special. But it is mundane that really makes the marriage special, but because you are with your wife the mundane isn't mundane. It's special.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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