"Look, I don’t agree with the guy on anything politically, but he seems like a genuine, nice guy and in this instance I think it was appropriate to bring up the mistakes he made in his past, not to show he’s “human” like some candidates are trying to do when they speak of past errors, but rather to show that it was the wrong road for him to be going down, and that kids shouldn’t make those same mistakes.
And it’s not as if Obama is bringing this up at every campaign stop along the way. And now that he’s slowly climbing in the polls, politically it’s probably the worst time for him to start talking about this issue. However, given the question he was asked and the setting, I don’t see anything wrong with it.
And quite frankly Mitt Romney is living in a fantasy world if he really thinks that 'it opens the doorway to other kids thinking, well I can do that too and become President of the United States,'" - Bull Dog Pundit, from the famously ankle-biting zone.