Should politicians’ kids be off limits ?

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President Obama says photographers cannot take snaps of his children unless they’re at official events. 

 But if it’s OK to use your kids when you want to get elected, can you then decree when and where they get their picture taken once you’re in power?  This  article says he’s treading a fine line. 

When I’m deciding who to vote for I want to know more about a candidate than just where they stand on the issues.

Are you interested in the family background of someone you might vote for ?

Sarah Palin told the media to respect her daughter’s privacy. And Tony Blair’s family was often in the spotlight. 

When you make a choice to become a politician do you sacrifice your kids’  right to grow up in privacy ? Should the world’s press agree to a deal where they can never take pictures of President Obama’s children except on official engagements?

Gaby on the World Have Your Say team.

11 Responses to “Should politicians’ kids be off limits ?”

  1. 1 Cedric
    July 1, 2009 at 15:20

    I can understand that the President would want some privacy for his young children. I assume that he doesn’t want his children to be hounded by the Paparazzi constantly. They are young children, and their childhood should be protected to let them grow in a normal enviornment as much as possible.

    Leave the children alone.

  2. 2 patti in cape coral
    July 1, 2009 at 16:04

    Ideally, the children should be left alone.

  3. 3 Tom K in Mpls
    July 1, 2009 at 16:15

    Unless the children become an issue, always. Stick to the issues.

    July 1, 2009 at 16:17

    Children should be left out to sort out their own politics and legacies when they are grown up. Voters voted Obama and not his family even though we are told that the first lady is an office holder. She alone needs to be put in political spotlight.

    That is politics. The current issue is simply media for the sake of just media mania. Sometimes it messes since its business is at times the going for for the dirt in the closest which might take center stage instead of important issues. This the hijacking of public agenda. Obama’s kids are kids like all the others. Doting on them so much might ruin their careers and perception of society. Anyone bringing their background into the public limelight should be scrutinized.

    If we love children, we should allow them to be children and nearly everyone has an idea as to what this might likely be. We should Keep them out of the cult of celebrity because, should anything go wrong, we shall be held responsible.

  5. 5 globalcomedy
    July 1, 2009 at 18:33

    Ideally, they should be off-limits. But in reality, when you’re Presdent EVERYTHING about you is open. There is no “private life.” Protect the kids as bst you can. But it’s unrealistic to think that they MSM won’t go for every item they can about you and your family.

  6. 6 steve
    July 1, 2009 at 19:39

    Is Obama going to ban cameras when his daughters go outside? Ahh, this is the freedom he’s planning on bringing to Washington?

  7. 7 Tom D Ford
    July 1, 2009 at 19:46

    The Obamas should make the decisions about their children and the Press should respect them.

    The Obamas chose to be in the public as politicians but their children didn’t get to make that choice.

    Frankly I am tired of the politics of personal destruction. I would like to see more respect for personal privacy.

    • 8 Ann
      July 2, 2009 at 13:33

      Couldn’t agree more Tom. Children need to be protected from the media no matter who their parents are. End of story.

  8. 9 Jennifer
    July 1, 2009 at 22:39

    Hmm; Yes, children should be left alone. Unless, you are Sarah Palin’s special needs infant son; then you are a free for all!

    It’s funny that Obama wants his kids left alone yet has no problems but his democrat buddies insulting Sarah Palin’s son.

    Stupid democrats!

  9. July 2, 2009 at 05:45

    What is President Obama going to do? Arrest photographers that take pictures of his kids? Of course not! He doesn’t like it. He is saying, “Back OFF!” Will everyone respect that? Of course not.

    “I’d like to add that saying, “But if it’s OK to use your kids when you want to get elected…” is rather offensive. Hillary used Chelsey as a person who went out and campained for her. But Obama?!

  10. 11 Julie P
    July 2, 2009 at 15:28

    Of course, children should be off limits from the press, legitimate news reporting agencies. Growing up in a fish bowl is insanity for any child. However, there are people who will continue to make derogatory attacks on the children of presidents, or other politicians. Chelsea Clinton was attacked during the 8 years she was the daughter of a president. Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and John McCain made derogatory remarks about Chelsea Clinton’s appearance as a child and when she went through puberty. To quote John McCain on his thoughts on a former president’s child:

    “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.”
    — Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.

    It’s unfortunate that children are considered to be fair game, even by those who claim they for “family values”.

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