President Obama weighed in on the controversy over Hilary Rosen's comments about Ann Romney in an interview with ABC affiliate in KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "There is no tougher job than being a mom," Obama said in response to Rosen's assertion that Ann Romney has "never worked a day in her life." The president added: “Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement."
Obama called these comments "ill-advised" and said that as a general rule, candidates' families should be off-limits to attacks. “My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians,” Obama said. “I haven’t met Mrs. Romney, but she seems like a very nice woman who is supportive of her family and supportive of her husband. I don’t know if she necessarily volunteered for this job so, you know, we don’t need to be directing comments at them. I think me and Gov. Romney are going to have more than enough to argue about during the course of this campaign.”