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. vic , nashville ,tn

    I am glad president called, Rush Limbaugh know better than what he is talking

    I wish dad , sons and brothers come forward support Sandra Flukes , this is no more women issues now men have to step up protect their family members from Rush words

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

    Rush is right. We can't pay for contraceptives on demand. What's next? I have to pay for your toilet paper?

    March 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Outraged - As It Should Be

    Freedom of speech does not apply to hate rhetoric and name calling. There are generations of women before us who fought to keep this kind of language out of the media and out of any kind of rhetoric regarding women. This is not a left or a right issue. It's an issue of reprimanding an adult who shouldn't be using high school aged language to bully another adult. How can we possibly turn around to our children and tell them that bullying is bad when we fully support it in the media? We should all call on sponsors of Rush Limbaugh to pull support.

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

    Rush is right, The govenment should stay out of the Health Care Business, they are just making things worst. The Democratic Party only exists because of so many stupid and lazy people, there the ones that puts them in office.

    March 2, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Innkahoots

    We need to find out who his sponsers are and boycot them, thats how we got rid of Glen Beck.

    March 2, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Dick

    You bet she can sue him, and there's probably a slew of non-profits lining up to help pay for the lawsuit. Limbaugh defamed her in public, and, while he'll try to argue that she is a "public figure" to whom defamation actions cannot apply, she is no such thing. Testifying once before a portion of a Congressional committee does not make her a public figure. Get out your checkbook, Rush, you're gonna write a whale of a check for this one!

    March 2, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. H in CA

    Rush is the definition of vile: a pill-popping, philandering, bloviated pile of rotting trash.

    March 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. billmeno

    Hey, Its my right to be a freeloader if I choose to be. But don't offend me by calling me what I am. I will have you pay for my law degree and then come and sue you. There should be my laws that force you to pay for what I want . ITS MY RIGHT !!!

    March 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Drainthesewerin2012

    Sponsors in Charlottesville, VA is the Daily Progress Newspaper and WCHV radio 1260 AM , feel free to contact them and tell them how you feel about Rush, I did a few months ago. I'll buy my paper elsewhere and stay off of thier website as for AM not sure why its even still around Maybe we should contact the papers sponsors as well?

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

    I think she has a strong case for libel. What he said does not fall under "Free Speech" any more than yelling "fire" in a crowed theater.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. MaryM

    Thanks nellpost for the list of limbaugh sponsors.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The Republican party is held hostage today by Rush Limbaugh (anti anything progressive), Grover Norquist (anti-tax), Bill Chrystal (neo-conservative), and Franklin Graham (anti-science). Rush Limbaugh's attempt to dismantle the young law student is absolutely disgusting, but no more so than some of the exploits of the others. Their slate of presidential candidates looks like it just jumped out of a clown car. When it comes time this fall for the people to line up behind these Republican leaders and their nominee, I wonder who will show up and who will stay away.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Sam

    Viagra is used for a dysfunction(disorder). Contraceptives is used to avoid pregnancy. If pregnancy is a disorder, then people are right about questioning Viagra. otherwise its apples and oranges.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. dennis dehart

    Does anyone expect anything less from a creep like Limbaugh? With comments like that he is not helping Republicans connect with the real public. Only extremists like him think his statements are appropiate.

    March 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Larry L


    "As a law student, Ms. Fluke readily knows that free speech protects Mr. Limbaugh's right to say what he thinks. The fact that she doesn't like it, is frankly irrelevant"
    The First Amendment only offers some level of protection against slander and libel. Our Founders didn't write a provision to specifically address a person like Rush Limbaugh or his faithful followers. I'm not sure they even associated with people dishonorable enough to behave the way he did in this situatiin. Here in Texas we just call them "white trash".

    March 2, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Max


    This is a blatant 'Rush' attack on families, particularly women. Rush obviously is the voice of the republican party and his attack simply shows how low the party will stoop to get some need attention. Obviously, it didn't work the way they hoped, it backfired on the republican bigots...what's next?

    March 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Larry L


    @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."
    So only "promiscuous" women use contraception? Pleae tell the other Stepford Wives hello.

    March 2, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Jess Sayin

    Contraceptives are used for medical reasons other than birth control.

    March 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Kendra

    Kay10, if you took the time to do a bit a research you would know that she was testify about a friend who needed birth control to treat ovarian cyst. Also if you did a little more research you would know that Medicare (your tax $) covers Medicare covers the cost of Penis Pumps for the treatment of Impotence or erectile dysfunction (2 billion over 10 years). If we are paying for medication for men to get if up its only Equal protection under the law for prevention to be paid as well. The republicans had not problem voting for that little bitty in 2006.

    March 2, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Rey

    Just another Antichrist trying to turn Jesus into the God of Hate..... They say God hates birth control, hates gays, hates women's rights, hates illegal immigrants (unless they come through Canada), hates single parent moms (especially if they are on birth control), hates interracial marriage, hates Jews, hates Muslims, hates non-whites, hates the poor (except poor whites cause most on welfare recipiants are white)... this is what we are expected to do for the Antichrist accept Jesus as the God of Hate and follow Rush and other Republicans as soliders in their war.

    March 2, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Amy from Seattle

    Ah yes. Rush picked up the hate filled rhetoric where Andrew Breitbart left off only a day ago. Or was it the saw day?

    March 2, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. MaryM

    Sam contraceptives is used in women heath for alot more than to avoid pregnancy. do some research and you wont sound like a man

    March 2, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. PATTI

    Rush Limbaugh is a pill popping drug addict...I wonder if he used his health insurance to pay for all of the drug he illegally took.

    March 2, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Matt

    Limbaugh's: No respect for women including his 'Wife'

    This is the typical Rush Limbaugh. He's so ungrateful to God for saving his life after his recent heart attack. Is this his way of giving God thanks? Maybe.

    Does Limbaugh respect women? NO. Does he have a woman 'wife'? YES. It therefore follows the logic that since Limbaugh doesn't respect women, and his wife is a woman, then he has NO RESPECT FOR HIS WIFE. What shame and disgrace he has brought to himself, and his wife? oh! What a NERD? Is this what freedom of speech really means? NO!

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

    Once upon a time there was a young child who enjoyed verbally abusing his playmates. Whenever this young bully engaged in his verbal abuse, his playmates reacted very emotionally, telling him he was bad, telling him to stop it, sometimes crying. The young bully loved these emotional responses, they let him know he was having exactly the effect he wanted. So why stop? He loved the pain and distress he caused. Then one day, one of the abused children had an idea. No matter how bad the abuse, the children should ignore the bully. Would that work? Not sure, but at least it couldn't be any worse.

    March 2, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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