"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."Obama understands. He has the unenviable position of having a group of supports who know no bounds while campaigning for him.
Obama said reporters should "back off these kinds of stories" and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother.
Whether the fringe responsible for the attacks will listen to him remains to be seen. But in any case, Barack Obama is to be commended for doing the right thing and for showing leadership.
Maybe now we can get back to what has fast become an interesting presidential race. Idiotic fixations on personal issues were detracting from more interesting discussion.