At his first press conference of the year today, President Obama said he called Sandra Fluke in the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on the Georgetown Law student with his own daughters on his mind. “The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” he said in response to a question from USA Today’s Aamer Madhani.
“I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that her parents should be proud of her and that we want to send a message to all of our young people that being part of democracy involves argument, and disagreement, and debate and we want you be engaged, and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being deemed and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen,” he explained.
“All decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse,” he said of Limbaugh’s initial comments that Fluke was “slut” and “prostitute.” Watch it: