Obama Joins Firestorm Over Limbaugh Slur

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Obama Joins Firestorm Over Limbaugh Slur, Rush Limbaugh drew fire Friday from many directions, including President Barack Obama, for his depiction of a college student as a “sl*t” because she testified before Congress about the need for contraceptive coverage.

The third-year Georgetown University law student, Sandra Fluke, received a supportive phone call from Obama, and was backed by members of Congress, women’s groups, and the administration and faculty at her Roman Catholic university.

Calls for Limbaugh’s sponsors to pull their ads from his radio talk show rocketed through cyberspace, and at least two companies, bedding retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, said on their Twitter accounts that they were complying with the demands.

Obama considers Limbaugh’s remarks “reprehensible,” according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. He said the president called Fluke to “express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks” and to thank her for speaking out on an issue of public policy.

“The fact that our political discourse has become debased in many ways is bad enough,” Carney said. “It is worse when it’s directed at a private citizen who was simply expressing her views.”

Obama reached Fluke by phone as she was waiting to go on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

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