Should Barack Obama's Opponents "Lay Off" His Wife?

Should Barack Obama's Opponents "Lay Off" His Wife?


Tennessee's Republican Party has put out a four minute video loop of infamous comments made by Barack Obama's wife. In February Michelle Obama said: "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country" — controversial comments she later clarified.

Yesterday on Good Morning America, Barack Obama responded to the new video.

The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record. If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.

Obama said the Republican Tennessee-tactics — which also include a call for patriotic music to be played on local radio while Michelle is in town and referring to Obama using his middle name "Hussein" — are "low class" and unacceptable to most Americans.

Is Obama right to call out the GOP for distracting voters from important issues? Or does Michelle Obama's participation in the campaign make her fair game? If Michelle wants people to credit her for positive remarks, is it only fair to judge all of her comments? When does the negative attention go too far?

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