The Obama Show

01.23.2013, 6:01 PM

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard writes today:

Move over Cliff and Clair Huxtable: Barack and Michelle Obama have replaced the star characters of the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show” as the role model for love, romance and marriage among blacks, according to a new study.

“The Obamas picked up where the Huxtables left off, except this is no act,” according to the study in the scholarly journal “Ethnicities” and conducted by experts from Louisiana State University and Norfolk State University.

Yet there’s no link to the study and no further information about who these scholars may be. I’m curious, Mr. Bedard! Where’s the study?

In the meantime, FamilyScholars readers, check out a recent piece Brad Wilcox and I wrote, “Can the first husband talk about marriage?


9 Responses to “The Obama Show”

  1. The usual oh-so-helpful academic journal websites seem to suggest that this is the study in question. Of course, mere mortals cannot access it.

  2. Mont D. Law says:

    He is doing quite a bit to support marriage. You just don’t like what he’s doing or disagree that it will help.

    Obamacare, the birth control mandate, his refusal to gut the social safety net, his resistance to austerity measures, his unwillingness to ignore income inequality and getting the VAWA passed are all things that will help poor people maintain and increase the stability they need to marry and stay married.

    Basically this is just another post concern trolling the President.

  3. I don’t agree, Mont. In this case, I don’t see the post as anything more than a “this is interesting, look at this” pointer.

    The abstract of the study:

    Given the historical nature of the Obama presidency, this paper qualitatively examines whether black men and women believe the Obamas can change low marriage rates among blacks in America. By using a marital–political–cultural change framework as our foundation, this exploratory study examined the written responses of 17 blacks between the ages of 23 and 61 years to two questions. (1) “Do you believe that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have the ability to change low marriage rates among blacks in the United States?” “In what ways can President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama change low marriage rates among blacks in the United States?” Qualitative analyses of the data resulted in four delineated themes: (1) the inability of the Obamas to change the importance of marriage; the inability of the Obamas to change marital motivations and stability; the ability of the Obamas to change low marriage rates among blacks through positive interactions; and the ability of the Obamas to change low marriage rates among blacks as a positive model for marriage. Supporting qualitative data are presented in connection with each theme. Policy implications for black marriage are also discussed.

    Elizabeth, the author is Cassandra Chaney – did you try emailing her and asking for a copy of the article? I’ve found that works most of the time.

  4. Elizabeth Marquardt says:

    Well, now, that’s a very reasonable suggestion : )

  5. Teresa says:

    Quote from Abstract referenced above:

    this exploratory study examined the written responses of 17 blacks between the ages of 23 and 61 years to two questions.

    Barry, not having read the study, I find it hard to believe social scientists would consider 17 responses an adequate population for any study.

    Is that truly a sufficient survey population for an adequate study?

  6. David Hart says:

    How many brain cells does one imperil just by reading the Washington Times?

    Cassandra Chaney
    Assistant Professor
    Family, Child and Consumer Sciences Division
    School of Human Ecology
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge , LA 70803
    Phone: 225-578-1729
    Fax: 225-578-2697
    Email: cchaney@lsu.edu

    Ph.D from Illinois at Urbana. BTW, in case you were wondering, she is African-American.

  7. Kevin says:

    I think the President should talk about marriage about the same time FamilyScholars.org starts talking about gay families.

  8. Regarding sample size, perhaps by “exploratory” study, they mean that they’re hoping to use this study as a basis for a future, larger study?

  9. Teresa says:

    Barry, thanks for the reply and explanation as to sample size.

    I’m glad I asked.