Obama Says What Palin, or At Least McCain, Should Have About Bristol’s New Baby

Ben Smith notes that Obama gave this response when asked by a reporter about the announcement that Palin’s 17-year old unmarried daughter is pregnant during a press avail about Hurricane Gustav.

“I have said before and I will repeat again: People’s families are off limits,” Obama said. “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 a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. So I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18 and how a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn’t be a topic of our politics.”

On charges that his campaign has stoked the story via liberal blogs:

“I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us,” he said. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I thought there was somebody in my campaign who was involved in something like that, they would be fired.”

Nice job, Obama. Gracious, real and tough– THAT’S the kind of combination that makes for a great president.

And speaking of Hurricane Gustav, Obama’s campaign is asking that supporters take some of the money they might give to his campaign and send it to the Red Cross. Here’s a link if you’d like to donate: Red Cross Hurricane Gustav Relief Donations.

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3 Comments on “Obama Says What Palin, or At Least McCain, Should Have About Bristol’s New Baby”


  1. It’s examples like this that make me say, “Now that’s the person we need in office.”

  2. Jackie Says:

    A friend of mine just sent me a great comment. I wish I could take credit for it. Here’s what Jim says: “The McCain campaign is claiming that this is a personal issue, and has no place in their campaign politics. I really do agree with that, but if your campaign position is plainly stated as supporting “family values”, then you have to walk-the-walk. If you don’t want to have Palin’s daughter’s situation enter into it, you have to start saying the family values position has no place in their campaign also. You can’t have it both ways.”
    How can people not see through the hypocrisy???

  3. Jackie Says:

    Although I have to say for my own part never would I ever have imagined that the Religious Right would be the ones to spin teenage pregnancy into something of a virtue. Have we entered that alternate universe that makes me want to move to Switzerland?


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