President Obama says that Rush Limbaugh’s rant against women turned into an excellent teachable moment for his daughters. How, exactly?
Anyone who has children wants them to make the best choices in life, and wants them to be able to do so without fear of being publicly ostracized for those choices. President Obama is no different.
When asked about his reaction to Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for wanting reasonable access to birth control, Obama said the entire situation created a teachable moment for his two daughters.
“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,” the President said at a White House news conference.
“I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”
Obama did stop short of voicing his opinion on the furor itself or his thoughts on Limbaugh’s apology, which many feel was forced out of him to stem the tide of advertisers fleeing his show.
“I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart, so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology,” President Obama said.
“What I can comment on,” he added, “is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse.”
The conservative radio host took up that particular statement on his show.
“He doesn’t know what’s in my heart, but you do,” Limbaugh told his listeners. “And that is the key.”