When Daughters Make a Mistake: Obama vs. Palin

Sarah and Todd Palin have just announced that their oldest daughter, Bristol, age 17, is five months pregnant. Bristol and the baby’s father intend to get married.

They likely timed the announcement to ward off the sick rumors that their infant son, Trig, was actually Bristol’s. I am more interested in the stark contrast between how the Palins are handling this and something Obama said a few months ago.

Barack Obama, March 29, 2008, Johnstown, PA:

“I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

Sarah Palin, September 1, 2008, campaign statement:

“We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”

I don’t care what your political persuasion is, which of these two statements is the more compassionate and humanitarian?


One response to “When Daughters Make a Mistake: Obama vs. Palin

  1. Well, I think the big difference is in how the two see the purpose of their lives. Obama sees life as a scramble for the top – how high can you get and how fast can you do it? Palin, perhaps, sees life as being more tied in with family and community, and so to her a new child is a blessing, not a burden that slows you down.

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