After making brief remarks on Hurricane Gustav at a Labor Day event in Monroe, Michigan, Obama was asked about Bristol Palin’s pregnancy.
“I have said before and I will say it again: I think people’s families are off limits and I think people’s children are especially off limits,” he said.
He encouraged reporters chasing the story to “back off.”
Asked about the unnamed McCain advisor’s accusation that the Obama campaign is behind the rumors about Trig Palin, Obama said, “I am offended by that statement. There is no evidence at all that this involves us.”
He pledged to fire any staffer that is found out to be spreading the rumors. After all, Obama noted, his mother had him when she was 18.