Barack Obama told reporters firmly that families are off-limits in this campaign, reacting to news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

“Let me be as clear as possible,” said Obama, “I think people’s families are off-limits and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor, or her potential performance as a vice president.”

Obama said reporters should “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18 year-old mother. “How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off-limits.”

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Do you think Obama was sincere when he asked the media to leave Sarah Palin's pregnant teenager alone?
Barack Obama told reporters firmly that families are off-limits in this campaign, reacting to news that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant.

“Let me be as clear as possible,” said Obama, “I think people’s families are off-limits and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor, or her potential performance as a vice president.”

Obama said reporters should “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18 year-old mother. “How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that’s off-limits.”

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13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 3:56:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Obama doesn't campaign dirty.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 5:23:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Agreed
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 5:31:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. As he said, why would he attack that? he comes from the same situation.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 5:40:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
He is doing the smart thing politically. Of course he means it. Whether he is doing it just b/c it's the wise political move or not is open to interpretation.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 5:55:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 9/2/08 - 3:56:50 PM flovebunny wrote:
Yes. Obama doesn't campaign dirty.


Agreed.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 6:08:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I believe he was sincere.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 8:05:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 9/2/08 - 6:08:12 PM Yankees15 wrote:
Yes, I believe he was sincere.

same here
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 8:18:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
It definitely scores him political points by speaking out against it, but I have no reason to think that he was being insincere with his statement...
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 9:36:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 9/2/08 - 8:18:17 PM CowDung wrote:
It definitely scores him political points by speaking out against it, but I have no reason to think that he was being insincere with his statement...


I agree. He was born from a teenage mother, so of course he wouldn't be insincere. But making that comment sure does make him seem more down-to-earth and real to us voters.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 9:40:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. And he is right. That's her business. I kind of feel bad for the girl. I mean her face is plastered all over the news.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 10:34:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think he was sincere because he has kids. And I listened to him on NPR this morning, and he sounded sincere.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/2/08 - 11:10:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think he's sincere about it too
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/3/08 - 12:09:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh definately. He is truly correct too.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/3/08 - 11:24:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
sure hope so
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/3/08 - 11:29:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 9/2/08 - 3:56:50 PM flovebunny wrote:
Yes. Obama doesn't campaign dirty.


Isn't that what 527s and PACs are for?


13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 9/3/08 - 10:38:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/08 - 12:45:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 9/3/08 - 10:38:29 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
As well they should... [link]


Agreed.

However, I also agree with a letter-to-the-editor in my local paper that said this is a demonstration of the effectiveness of 'abstinance only' sex ed.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/5/08 - 5:08:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah I think he is and he is 110% correct families and children shouldn't matter in politics.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/7/08 - 12:52:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 9/5/08 - 5:08:39 PM sarahbeth662 wrote:
Yeah I think he is and he is 110% correct families and children shouldn't matter in politics.

Well, they *are* newsworthy, like it or not, but they should be off-limits for political attacks.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/8/08 - 3:40:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder, however.

First they say that the daughter's pregnancy is a private family matter, then they parade the unwed pregnant daughter and the prospective (but still unwed) father on center stage during the Republican Convention. But still don't talk about the daughter's pregnancy. That's private

There seems to be a bit of double standard here.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/8/08 - 3:42:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/8/08 - 3:40:59 PM Wanderer wrote:
I wonder, however. First they say that the daughter's pregnancy is a private family matter, then they parade the unwed pregnant daughter and the prospective (but still unwed) father on center stage during the Republican Convention. But still don't talk about the daughter's pregnancy. That's private There seems to be a bit of double standard here.


What should they have done- - left her home while the rest of the family made the traditional "meet the family" appearance at the convention?

13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/8/08 - 4:42:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they're going to use it as an example of how they're sticking by their pro-life beliefs and as a profile in courage for dealing with an unforeseen and inconvenient event, they should probably expect a little flack. Nevertheless, all they've received has been press coverage.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 9/11/08 - 3:09:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I think that Obama demonstrated the strength of his character by refusing to use the situation to make a cheap political point as most politicians would have done.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/12/08 - 5:23:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/8/08 - 3:40:59 PM Wanderer wrote:
I wonder, however. First they say that the daughter's pregnancy is a private family matter, then they parade the unwed pregnant daughter and the prospective (but still unwed) father on center stage during the Republican Convention. But still don't talk about the daughter's pregnancy. That's private There seems to be a bit of double standard here.
On Monday 9/8/08 - 3:42:38 PM CowDung wrote:
What should they have done- - left her home while the rest of the family made the traditional "meet the family" appearance at the convention?

To avoid the double standard, Palin should have refused the offer to be McCain's running mate.
I shudder at the thought of a book burner being one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 9/12/08 - 5:28:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
obama's a good man - i'm sure he was sincere about that. the worst news come to the best us without warning. i'm just a little bit saddened that he lost some traction in the polls recently... made me laugh my head off when someone made a "bollywood" spoof with obama doing some aja aja thing... funny as heck. see at Clashorama

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