Posted by: mulrickillion | March 2, 2012

Sandra Fluke Receives Call From Obama After Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

3-2-2012 3-36-58 PM

Photo: Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke.

By Sam Stein, Huffington Post, March 2, 2012 —

President Obama on Friday placed a call to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over the contraception law, thanking her for speaking out on the issue.

The call came a day after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh demanded that Fluke release tapes of her having sex in exchange for the contraception that she argued should be covered by employers. Fluke was set to go on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports when the president rang her on her phone. She took the call while waiting in the green room.

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Photo: President Obama.

"He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women," she told Mitchell, who received permission from the White House to discuss the exchange between Fluke and Obama. "What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I just appreciated that very much."

Fluke appeared to be choking up a bit while recalling the conversation. But she composed herself and went to discuss how surreal her experience has been. After being declined the opportunity to speak on a congressional panel to debate the president’s contraception rule, she was subsequently invited to address Democrats on the topic. For that, she was vilified by Limbaugh, who also compared her to a prostitute. On Friday, several leading Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), condemned the remarks. The call from the president put a capstone on the week.

"He did express his concern for me and wanted to make sure that I was OK, which I am," she said. "I’m OK."

UPDATE: 1:29 p.m. — At the White House press briefing shortly after the news broke, Press Secretary Jay Carney outlined the reasoning behind the president’s decision to call Fluke.

Obama, said Carney, felt that, "the kinds of personal attacks that have been directed her way have been inappropriate."

"The fact that our political discourse has been debased in many ways is bad enough," he added. "It’s even worse when it is directed at a private citizen who is simply expressing her views about public policy."

The call was placed by Obama from the Oval Office, Carney relayed. It was also the reason why Friday’s press briefing was delayed more than an hour.

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Photo: Rush Limbaugh.

UPDATE: As reported by Huffpost Media, Limbaugh responded to Obama’s call during his program on Friday.

Limbaugh also reacted to President Obama’s call to Fluke. Obama told Fluke that her parents should be "proud" of her. Limbaugh had a different message for them. "I’d be embarrassed," he said. "I’d disconnect the phone. I’d go into hiding."

Sandra Fluke Receives Call From Obama After Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments

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See also Rush Limbaugh: I’ll Buy Georgetown Women ‘As Much Aspirin To Put Between Their Knees As They Want’

See also Rush Limbaugh ‘Slut’ Comments Drive Georgetown To Defend Student Sandra Fluke

WASHINGTON — Officials at Georgetown University came to the defense of Sandra Fluke on Friday, criticizing radio host Rush Limbaugh for calling the third-year law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she spoke out on birth control insurance coverage.

John DeGioia, president of Georgetown, sent a letter to students and faculty praising Fluke’s congressional testimony. "She was respectful, sincere, and spoke with conviction," he wrote. "She provided a model of civil discourse. This expression of conscience was in the tradition of the deepest values we share as a people."

In contrast, DeGioia had harsh words for Limbaugh’s attacks on Fluke, saying they "can only be described as misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student."

At Georgetown Law, 137 professors and staff members have signed a letter in support of Fluke. "As scholars and teachers who aim to train public-spirited lawyers, no matter what their politics, to engage intelligently and meaningfully with the world, we abhor these attacks on Ms. Fluke and applaud her strength and grace in the face of them," the letter says. . . .

After his initial comments sparked outrage, Limbaugh doubled down by offering to buy aspirin for all female students at Georgetown Law to place between their knees. That remark, a sarcastic encouragement not to have sex, echoed comments made by major Rick Santorum donor Foster Friess earlier in February.

Fluke responded to the controversy on Thursday in a press statement. "No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices," she said. "The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women’s health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced."

See also Independent Poll Shows Most Americans want Obama’s Health Care Reforms and Contraception Coverage

See also The Republican Conundrum

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Responses

  1. What is the growing cancer of insanity in American politics all about? Can it really be possible that the current candidates for US president are the best that a nation of 260 million people can offer?

    • Yes, I understand what you are saying. Last week, when following Australia’s Labor Party race between Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister Julia Gillard, an Australian newspaper said that their race was even more “bloodletting” than that of the American Republican primary race. So, maybe the answer to your question is that this just might be out and out “bloodletting.”

      As for the article itself, and in the opinion of many, it is shocking. It actually took as social issue about birth control, which was not a dominant issue before, and catapulted it to a major political issue, at least for now. All of this actually stems from the words of a conservative talk show radio host – “Mr. Gift of Gab himself” – Russ Limbaugh.

      In answer to your second question, yes, there are Republicans that would make excellent presidents. For example, and just to list a few, there is former’s President Bush’s brother, who is Jeb Bush, the governor of Florida. There was also, in my opinion, the candidacy of John Huntsman, who earlier withdrew from the race this year. Huntsman was also the former U.S. ambassador to China. As I stated in an earlier blog posting, he, unlike the others, due to his experience, was able to set him apart from the division, inter-fighting, intolerance, and divisiveness of the other GOP forerunners. A few weeks before his withdrawal, I wrote a blog posting titled, “Jon Huntsman, Jr., is the only viable GOP candidate.”

      Moreover, you have to understand that in American politics typically when with one of the political parties is challenging an incumbent president, they will normally go to extremes on issues. This year, however, even before the presidential race, in the Republican (GOP) primary race, most commentators are perceiving a historical “extremeness” in their positions or takes on domestic issues (i.e., birth control, entitlement programs, Medicare, etc) and foreign relations issues (i.e., notwithstanding Ron Paul, the other forerunners are almost guaranteeing that if elected, they will attack Iran, etc).

      I resolved the trauma and bloodletting, as usual, in my own way. I read an article a week or so ago that hinted that the seeming extremes of their positions might well be intentional. It boils down to a matter of strategy, “big bucks” spent on advertising firms, and more importantly, causing a fervor that might ultimately define the issues in the upcoming presidential election, and thereafter, for an American public. One could say it is often an issue of whether we can reveal their genuine intentions or subliminal messages, because I firmly believe this to be true.

      In any event, thank you for your comment. 🙂


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