BREAKING: The White House confirms President Barack Obama telephoned Sandra Fluke from the Oval Office for several minutes this afternoon to offer her words of encouragement amid a controversy involving Rush Limbaugh’s disturbing insults toward her and women in general.
The Georgetown Law School student is an advocate of insurance coverage for female contraception.
Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his program on Wednesday because, he said, by asking for access to birth control subsidized by an insurer, she was essentially asking to be paid for sex.
Then yesterday Limbaugh continued the string of insults by demanding that Fluke post sex tapes online so he could watch.
“So, Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal,” Limbaugh said. ”If we are going to pay for your contraceptives . . . we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
@SandraFluke took the president’s call today in the msnbc green room at about one o’clock EST, shortly before an appearance on msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke said in her description of the call. “What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud.”
Fluke told Mitchell all about the call from Obama today on msnbc: