President Obama Called Sandra Fluke Because He Wouldn’t Want Sasha & Malia Called “Horrible Names”

Jessica Wakeman | March 7, 2012 - 11:20 am

“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. 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. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her. And that we want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves arguments and disagreements and debate. And we want you to be engaged. And there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

President Obama in a press conference yesterday, on why he called Sandra Fluke, the woman who Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” and “prostitute” because she testified to Congress about using birth control. (More on that here and here.) The president also said, when asked about whether there is a “war on women” taking place regarding reproductive rights, “One of the things I’ve learned being married to Michelle, is I don’t need to tell her what it is that she thinks is important.” Damn straight. [The New Yorker]