I would say this is probably the best thing I have heard from this man:
At a brief press availability in Monroe, Mich., ABC News asked Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., if he had any response to Gov. Sarah Palin’s statement that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter Bristol is pregnant.
“Let me be a clear as possible: I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits,” Obama said, “and people’s children are especially off limits.
“This shouldn’t be part of our politics,” he continued, “It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as governor, or her potential performance as a vice president.
“And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories,” he said. “You know my mother had me when she was 18, and how a family deals with issues and, you know, 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.”
That was a good response. I know of parents that have gone through difficult things with children having babies in their teens. I was told of someone forced out of Christian ministry because of this very issue, accusing this man and his wife of being poor parents. Look, you raise your children in the way they should go, but sometimes they make choices that just fly in the face of all they were taught. I’m sure that this was something difficult to deal with in their family. Throwing their problems in the public arena is just plain wrong.
I just hope Governor Palin chooses not to make her family a part of the campaign. Much like Michelle Obama, if you jump into the public arena, you’re going to have to be ready to be critiqued. In that case, something like this isn’t off limits anymore.