Obama says Backoff

MONROE, Michigan (CNN) – 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.”

“We don’t go after people’s families,” Obama said. “We don’t get them involved in the politics. It’s not appropriate and it’s not relevant. Our people were not involved in any way in this and they will not be. And if I ever thought that there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired.”

On another coin,
but related to media production and distorting lives of children:

Saturday, May 3, 2008
In search of Obama’s madrasah

Obama's madrasahFox News disseminated a story last year that claimed Senator Obama had been educated at a madrasah in Indonesia. This assertion continues to pop-up in the right-wing blogosphere.

“As I was in Jakarta this week, I decided to track down Obama’s so-called ‘madrasah’.”