Transcript: Obama on Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke
Excerpt from White House press briefing held on March 6, 2012 – President Barack Obama on Rush Limbaugh’s apology to Sandra Fluke:
“I’m not going to comment on what sponsors decide to do. I’m not going to comment on either the economics or the politics of it. I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart, so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology. What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse.
“And 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. 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 argument 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.”
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: President Barack Obama’s press conference on March 6, 2012
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- WhiteHouse.gov: Video of President Obama’s press conference on March 6, 2012