Skip to comments.Obama joins in assailing Rush Limbaugh slur of student
Posted on 03/02/2012 8:05:06 PM PST by SeekAndFind
NEW YORK (AP) Stepping into an emerging culture clash over women, President Barack Obama made a supportive phone call Friday to a law student who testified before Congress about the need for birth control coverage, only to be called a "slut" by Rush Limbaugh.
For Obama, it was an emphatic plunge into the latest flare-up on social issues. Democratic officeholders and liberal advocacy have accused Republicans of waging a "war on women" because of GOP stances on contraception and abortion rights, and Limbaugh's tirade on his radio talk show was seen as an escalation.
In addition to her call from the president, the third-year Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke, was backed by members of Congress, women's groups, and the administration and faculty at her Roman Catholic university.
Demands for Limbaugh's sponsors to pull their ads from his show rocketed through cyberspace, and at least four companies, Quicken Loans, LegalZoom online legal document service, and bedding retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, bowed to the pressure.
Obama considers Limbaugh's remarks "reprehensible," according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. He said the president called Fluke to "express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks" and to thank her for speaking out on an issue of public policy.
"The fact that our political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough," Carney said. "It is worse when it's directed at a private citizen who was simply expressing her views."
Obama reached Fluke by phone as she was waiting to go on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."
"He's really a very a kind man," Fluke later told The Associated Press.
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And the Greek chorus grows louder and ever more shrill...
and everyone wonders why this country is going down the toilet.
They took our money and our freedom of religion.
Now they’re going to get our freedom of speech and expression.
Another day in Obamaland.....
I would like Free Republic to join me in assailing Obama for destroying our country.
Lol... As long as she gets her BC, she would be happy to oblige.
I thought this woman had turned out to be a 30 year old activist not just a student.
Obama Mocks Joe The Plumber
I am still, along with millions of tea party patriots, are still waiting for our apology by Obama for being called teabaggers, racists, idiots, and every other name under the sun that we have been called for the past few years. Oh and Sarah Palin is still waiting for her apology for being called a murderer by the media. Should we expect these apologies too or is it more likely that pigs will fly first
To be fair to El Rushbo, it's impossible to speak for 15 hours/week on the radio and not have a gaffe or ten.
This one, however, is political platinum for the dark side, and I for one hope that Rush can find a way to back away from the comment. (FWIW, I think the woman is likely a huge liar with the friend-Georgetown-BCP nonsense, but that is beside the issue.)
Doubling down here is what Obama wants. You can just sense it.
Let’s get back on track Obama!
So what’s so bad about being a slut? And such an athletic slut, an Olympic champion! Three times a day, during Contracts, Torts and Civil Procedure.
Considering that Rush has more than 20 million loyal listeners, does Obama really want to take on Rush?
I wonder if Øbozo offered her an internship with the promise of a cigar later on?
This AH has been salivating for a while...too bad he will be disappointed.
“a private citizen who was simply expressing her views.”
BULLCOOKIES!!!! The minute you start testifying before Congress you are NO longer “PRIVATE”!!!!
It’s all about getting women and blqack whipped up by election day so BHO has a chance to win.
I wonder if women know they’re being manipulated?
What a pathetic President.
first of all, this nitwit may be a student, but she is a 30 year old feminist activist who set this whole thing up....that having been said, who the hell cares????Obama keeps proving that he is not ready for prime time and I certainly hope that we will extend him a LOOOOOOOONG vacation come November!!!
Rush is a freaking genius. . .this will be worth at least another ten points in the ratings. If I were him, I would get the White Comedian Paul Shanklin on making a slut paradoy right away.