In one of the dirtiest sports on the planet – politics, I applaud Barack Obama for telling people to lay off Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s family. Please note that I am not endorsing either candidate. To be perfectly honest, as of yet, I’m not sold on either party. But a line has been crossed, when people feel free to start taking pot shots at the various candidate’s children.
A candidate’s spouse knows the score is when they get into politics and work with their respective mates to groom themselves to the image that they want to create. But when children enter the picture, all bets are off.
Children are still learning and developing; they make good decisions and not so great decisions. When thrust in the public eye, their every move scrutinized and magnified, their every emotions and actions called into questions by people who have no right to judge them, some hold up under the pressure and some fold.
These children need to be protected from the media and declared off-limits in the slings and arrows of the political campaigning. If the politicians choose to have family photo ops or showcases that is their prerogative, but it still doesn’t bring the children into the line of fire.
So as the mud starts flying keep the children safe and out of the line of fire. They’ll be eligible soon enough when they reach the age of majority.