Teh Babbeez! Won't Summun Tink of Teh Babbeez!
"But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby."
Now, there are two ways to read this. Either A) he doesn't want toddlers used as corporal punishment, or B) he thinks the massive, life changing repercussions of having a child should be an option rather than a sentence. So we should consider the full reply before racing to judgment:
"When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, 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. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information."
In context, his meaning is clear: baby clubs for all!
But seriously; it would take a special kind of stupid for anyone to think -
"And more importantly he made a statement over the weekend talking about the issue of abortion. If people make a mistake, quote, "I don't want them punished with a baby," unquote." -Sean Hannity
Uh, okay... But back to the real world now. I can't imagine someone believing that -
"I would think that word would be alarming to people and possibly offensive to those who have had babies out of wedlock." -The Brody File
Huh? Aren't you from the same crowd that believe babies are a "just punishment" for people (well, women) who do have sex out of wedlock? You know it: that whole "It's the Woman's Fault for Having Sex, That Whore!" mantra. Oh, and I love that you "talked to" Obama and Clinton, but "interviewed" McCain...
Anyhow, other than the mad few, who would think that a father would actually say his kids were a "punishment"? Especially one running for President? That's just being -
"Obama Thinks a Baby is Punishment" -RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Okay, now; this is surely the exception to majority -
"Obama's record borders on quietly favoring infanticide." -Confederate Yankee
Look, this is -
"I wonder how pro-life Catholic Democrats will react to Barack Obama’s pregnancy-as-punitive and pregnancy-as-inconvenience-on-par-with STDs rhetoric?" -Michelle Malkin
Er, as well as they love McCain panting for the nod of the virulently anti-Catholic Hagee?
Enough of this silliness. Obama is a pro-choice candidate: it's not like this statement is going to change anyone's mind whether to vote for him or not. People don't often change their minds on abortion, unless they end up having one, but even then it's rare. I'm a pro-choicer myself, so the statement made no real difference to me; but if I held opposite views, I can't imagine voting for Obama anyways.
Bottom line: this isn't a story, it's an excuse to vent. Move on, now: there are bowling scores to worry about!