Sarah's Palin's 17-year-old daughter Bristol, a high school senior, is pregnant.
In his online article, "In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret," Thornburgh writes of being charmed by the friendliness, honesty and integrity of the folks of Palin's hometown...and of their trust that he would treat Bristol's circumstances with sensitivity and respect:
It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that.And he wasn't. He didn't run the story until after the announcement was made.
I happen to agree....
All weekend they had the decency not to pretend that they didn't know the governor's eldest daughter was pregnant. But they also expected decency in return, that I wouldn't be the kind of person to make sport out of a young girl's slip.
Barack Obama didn't need to be in Wasilla to come to the same conclusion as Thornburgh. According to CNN, he essentially feels the same way - that it's nobody's business:
"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."Do you agree it should be off-limits? Or is it of legitimate concern? Take the poll below and see how your answer compares to others: