March 2nd, 2012
02:06 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama calls Sandra Fluke, Limbaugh kisses it off

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke Friday to offer his support to the law student who has come under attack following her testimony to a House panel in support of access to contraceptives.

"The president was expressing his support for her and his disappointment in the kind of attacks that have been leveled at her and to her and his appreciation for her willingness to stand tall and express her opinion," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the White House press briefing.

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He said the president feels the personal attacks are "inappropriate."

"The fact that our political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough," Carney said. "It is worse when it is directed at a private citizen who was simply expressing her views on a matter of public policy."

Fluke was targeted by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, when he called her a "slut" and "prostitute" and again on Friday.

The conservative firebrand also responded to Obama's call with a kissing sound.

"Obama just called Sandra Fluke to make sure that she was alright, aw," Limbaugh said Friday. "That is so compassionate. What a great guy. The president called her to make sure she's OK."

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on the issue. House Democrats rallied Thursday in response to Limbaugh's comments by sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to condemn the statements, which to date has 80 signatures. Boehner on Friday called Limbaugh's remarks "inappropriate."

Several companies - including LegalZoom, Sleep Number, and Sleep Train Mattress - said in online postings that they were withdrawing advertisements from Limbaugh's program.

Filed under: President Obama • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Carol

    Why do people call this poor excuse for a man an entertainer? If it is to protect him it's time to stop. This lady who had an important pesonal story to tell about how insurance, or lack of, has affected her life, was attacked by Limbaugh, and he laughs at our President Obama for being a compassionate gentleman? Our youth shouldn't be exposed to this kind of meaness on TV.

    March 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Taran

    @Dave.."Yea, your right, sorry, however Rush will definite lose a bunch of sponsors over this & he just gave 99.9 % of the woman vote To The Prez."
    No, not really. Just the promiscuous vote.

    March 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Never one to miss a golden opportunity for publicly, The Apologizer-in-Chief SPRINGS into action!!! Nice to know this moron is working on and paying attention to the important national issues. So has he completed the list of apology calls today so he can get back to work on the 8.3% unemployment rate???

    March 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. royboy

    Rush is a terrified fat white man living in a bubble, his voice is that of a party that is lost in a time zone that doesn't exist anymore. I can only pray for him to wake up.

    March 2, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. MTATL67

    A lot better than Speaker Boehner's rebuke of "inappropriate" and he has daughters.

    March 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. blondief

    As long as the liberal democraps are busy running around the house crying about name calling, they aren't busy passing more of Odumbo's marxist agenda.

    March 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. grahame rhodes

    Love the way the GOP is sliding even further into the sewer. Way to go Limwit. Keep the vitriol coming that way the Democrats will win everything and then you can just sit back and scream

    March 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. maggie

    Well said Catherine Wolff; Limbaugh, like many of these right wing nuttos on TV or radio have zero.

    March 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Brian, Nj

    What Rush and some of you are getting wrong is this...the insurance company pays for the pill under the prescription drug benefit. Where are taxpayers paying for any of this??

    And Rush, the Pill has been shown the prevent ovarian cancer and endometriosis. Isn't the medical reason enough for all women to be on it??

    March 2, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. bill

    Thank you Rush, real leader of the Republican Party. Obama's chances just went way up.
    The extra votes didn't come from Democrats, it came from Republicans like me who realize their party has
    been turned over to a bunch of idiots.

    March 2, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Rush must thing women should have know say about thier lives at all. Men know what is best. This is not the Middleeast

    March 2, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Doug in NYC

    It's really time to take on Rush's advertisers, one already backed out and I thank Sleep Train for doing so. Just being on Rush's website, I noticed Carbonite advertising on it. Does Carbonite support the comments about Ms Fluke? Rumor has it a flower delivery chain is about to pull it's advertising. Keep up the pressure people!! Good work!

    March 2, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. JB

    Its very easy to condemn the contraceptive issue but at the same time have Viagra covered. Limbaugh comments were very inappropiate made through an Fcc regulated air wave. Then again, it wasnt during the superbowl half time.

    March 2, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. MaryM

    Is there any way Sandra Fluke can sue Limbaugh?

    March 2, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I laugh at the people shocked at the $3000 price tag and say just go to the drugstore for $20 bucks/month. First off you cannot just go buy it OTC like Tylenol. You must have a prescription from a DOCTOR and you must undergo Pap smear and pelvic exam. That costs money!!

    March 2, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Fluke should sue Rush Dumbo and the rest of us should boycott his sponsors.

    March 2, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. BWRITS

    Kay10 - do you have a real job other than creating alias and posting negative comments. May you and Breibart soon give "heated" high 5's to each other.

    March 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Veritas

    @juicelee - You are incorrect.What Limbaugh sais was outright slander. He should be sued for it.

    March 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. blondief

    Our country is at war and in conflicts all over the world and your clown of a president is more worried about his golf game, sending his family on luxury vacations and some woman being called a name. You democrats are so pathetic and stupid to continue supporting your president. Oh, I'm sorry. I just called you a name. Oh well call Obama and can kiss it and make it all better for you.

    March 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. minnie

    Fat rush is nothing more than a bloated pig. I wish he'd go by way of breitbart.

    March 2, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. obama victim

    so her parents are proud that she is banging anything that moves??

    March 2, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Michael

    I'm at a loss as to understand why republican politicians fear this man so much. Limbaugh drastically crossed a line. This isn't a close call. Any republican in a position of leadership ... any republican with a daughter who uses contraception should speak out against this ugliness.

    March 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. El_Logo

    Let me get this straight, Sandra Fluke says she spends $3,000 in contraceptives and Obama calls her. Looks like he now has dibs.

    March 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Jack

    Rush needs attention. He'll say or do anything to get attention. He's like the little kid in the room who throws things everywhere and kicks other kids toys so people will pay attention to him. Same psychology. Oh well. This is not rally politics. This is entertainment. Not worth much beyond the moment.

    March 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Boytjie

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot

    March 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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