International Bon Vivant and Raconteur (nick_kaufmann) wrote,
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur

Now This is Class

And it's how politics should always be played, if you ask me. Policies are fair game. Personal lives are not.

Sen. Barack Obama told reporters to "back off" Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family, following the GOP vice presidential candidate's disclosure that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

"I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people's families are off limits," Obama declared after attending a Labor Day picnic here. "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."

He continued, "You know, my mother had me when she was 18. How family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics. I hope that anybody who's supported me understands that's off limits."

I don't like Palin's anti-choice stance, her opposition to sex ed in favor of abstinence-only school programs, or her flirtation with the Trojan horse that is Intelligent Design. But am I going to diss her because her teenage daughter got pregnant? Hell no. And it's nice to see Obama, a candidate I support, is on the same page.

Thanks to vee_ecks for pointing out the article.
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