Thursday, March 8, 2012

International Women's Day, Sandra Fluke, and First Tweens Malia and Sasha Obama

By now the story of Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke's testimony before Congress and Rush Limbaugh's subsequent treatment of her has reach most our our readers. On today, International Women's Day, we were heartened to hear about President Obama's call to Ms. Fluke thanking her for serving as a positive civic role model for Malia and Sasha Obama.

Here is what the President said in his press conference (and you can view the video below):

". . . All good folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And you know, the reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about my daughters, 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 do not want them attacked or called horrible names because they are 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 of 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 are a private citizen.”

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