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Obama Pulls Families Out of Politics

Perhaps because he's a father and husband or just a moral man, Democratic candidate Barak Obama said that families are off-limits in this presidential race. CNN reported:

"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "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."

His statement was in response to the recent news that Gov. Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five-months pregnant. Obama added that he is a product of teenage pregnancy as his own mother was 18 when she gave birth. When it comes to living very public and political lives, do you think it's fair to ask that candidate's families be taken out of the mix?

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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Well, GS I have to say that illegal sure then it is our business, but sordid, no not really. If a candidate cheats on their spouse, I honestly don't think we need to know. I don't think it has anything to do with running the country.
prestopink prestopink 9 years
ok can I just get controversal and ask do you think if it were one of his daughters that McCain or any political figure would extend his daughter the same honor and decency to her privacy?
voices voices 9 years
Obama is right to omit families but to bad alot of others don't agree. It's sad that an attack was on Obama for his family! How aweful that it's OK to attack black families but it should be off limits for white families. The media must start to be fair in the reporting of news. Teen pregnancy is teen pregnancy regardless of the race. Babies having babies is never a good thing.
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 9 years
Now, if only (1) the press would follow Obama's lead and (2) the Republicans could have ONE IOTA as much class as Obama. Let us not forget that there isn't one aspect of Obama's personal and family life that isn't ripped apart and to shreds by Fox News. From the screen cap of Michelle Obama labeling her "obama's baby mam" to the vitriol shown by the conservative talk show hosts about Michelle's income....I mean seriously. Keep your eye on the ball people. Bristol's "situation" is hardly a reason to vote for or against her mom.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
This was a very classy move by Obama. Honorable, even.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I really respect Obama for making that statement, and I totally agree with him.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
While a politician's family should be able to stay out of the spotlight that just isn't the reality and Palin knew going in to this that she would be exposing her daughter to scrutiny she otherwise would not have known. That being said I think people should back off of Bristol now that the truth is out there and just let her do her thing.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Milo, I wouldn't go that far. I would say whatever happens in the candidates children's personal life isn't our business, but the candidate is sure is. Personal life is anything not involving doing a job, right? Well, that would include all kinds of other things. It could be something illegal or just sordid, maybe illegal and sordid (likes to put babies on spikes). :wink:
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
They absolutely shouldn't be apart of the politics and whatever happens in the candidates personal life isn't our business.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I am astonished that this is front page worthy of the new york times. The sex life of a 17 year old girl. Wow. They report the news very conveniently to their purposes.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I agree, children aren't running the White House. Well they might be, but they shouldn't.
apma apma 9 years
I'm glad Obama has said this but regardless of how they feel about him, the media will not listen. They're ruthless. I have to agree with letsgetloud. No matter how strict Palin is a parent or how much she has talked to her about sex and what she believes, teenagers still do as they wish unfortunately.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
what kinda annoys me,maybe it is because I was a teen mom,but what is the difference of having sex at 17. you are still doing something wrong you just have not been caught like others have.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
what does it say as a parent/person. Trust me no matter how strict this mother is or what she believes in I am sure her daughter was gonna have sex regardless,you can't watch over you kids 24/7
millarci millarci 9 years
Politician's families should absolutely be off limits. I think it's a low blow to bring them into the picture. Stick to the issues please.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Absolutely. All this focus on the candidates' spawn only distracts from the real issues about which we should be voting. It's sensationalism and TV politics at its worst, and it's cruel to the children involved, as well.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And, I am no Obama fan, but I admire this statement.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
That she is human nv. That accidents happen.
nv27 nv27 9 years
Im not sure if I agree, I mean, yea the familes should be off limits. . but what does that say about her as a parent/person? Im not meaning to sound judgemental, but?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
i agree families should be off limits, but this will never happen especially with all this juicy gossip the media is going to run with it, as are celebrities rags look at diddy, obama can certainly use this to his advantage being the good guy to win more votes, every other commercial break brings up the fact that the vp daughter pregnant at 17 and unwed
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
That's PR hard at work. A candidate should be judged on their credentials and not their family, but then again, so many candidates use their nuclear families as the ticket to success.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
It's an honorable sentiment. I find it hard to believe it will work out that way.
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