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solidarity

Sandra Fluke on Twitter

“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women. What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud and that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me.”


189 Responses to “solidarity”


  1. 3 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Obama calls Sandra Fluke, Georgetown law student assailed by Rush Limbaugh

    ========================

    “He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke told Mitchell of the call with Obama. “And what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So, I just appreciated that very much.”

    The call by Obama is a rare one and a move that signals the White House, like Democrats more broadly, is intent on keeping the spotlight on the contraception issue.

    ======================

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/obama-calls-sandra-fluke-georgetown-law-student-assailed-by-rush-limbaugh/2012/03/02/gIQAIoW0mR_blog.html

    • March 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      I hope this makes it to the tomorrow’s headlines in all newsies.

      • 5 Gramiam44
        March 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        I just shared it on Facebook. Every woman needs to see and read this.

        • 6 anniebella
          March 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

          Our President call Ms. Fluke, what can I say? I am in no way worshiping our President, but this is a kind and nice thing that he done.

          • 7 anniebella
            March 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

            OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 What a kind hearted “christian” thing to do. Calling Ms. Fluke.

          • 8 Chi
            March 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

            I on the other hand Anniebella, absolutely, unashamedly and completely worship our President…

            He is so deserving…

            • 9 anniebella
              March 2, 2012 at 6:56 pm

              I can’t worship him, he is a human being like us all, as he says he is not perfect. But I support him 100% as my President, and I think the world of him and his wife. I am so proud of them both.

              • 10 Chi
                March 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

                Oh Annie…

                Human, flawed, imperfect…

                I completely adore and worship him…absolutely no disclaimers, caveats…

                Love you Annie…

                • 11 anniebella
                  March 3, 2012 at 4:37 am

                  Love you too Chi….. We can disagree on 99% of things, but as long as we agree on supporting our President you are okay with me.

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      This reaching out to Sandra Fluke by PBO was a beautiful express of his concern for her as a father as well as president. The Washington Post didn’t have to politicize it by saying it’s a ‘signal’ that the president wants to keep the spotlight on the contraception issue. HE isn’t doing that, the right wing doofuses are. He’s responding to a young person who was publicly slandered by a woman-hating pig who happens to have a radio audience. This is PBO from the heart and it doesn’t have to be trivialized by beltway media. They can take any beautiful act and turn it into ugly. I love that he said her parents should be proud of her. They raised a courageous, intelligent women and should be bursting with pride.

      • 13 Hachikō
        March 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        Exactly, Jackie. Leave it up to the media to get it twisted. Ugh!

      • 14 Hachikō
        March 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        This is ABC news headline: “Culture War Update: Obama Joins the Fray Sparked by Rush Limbaugh” I hate the media. They are ascribing ulterior motives to the President. A man raised by his mother and grandmother. A man who has two young daughters. A man who has led a life of empathy and grace. It can’t be that he genuinely cares about Miss Fluke. They have to sully it, like they do everything else. I despise the media.

        • 15 Mel
          March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          Mrtin Bashir is doing excellent, he went after Rush and after Sherif Arpaio of Az.
          Thank you PBO for protecting all women.

        • 16 anniebella
          March 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          Really are any of you surprise at what the media does? The fact is President Obama call this young lady and told her to hold her head up high, she has done nothing wrong. Her parents have every reason to be proud of Mr. Fluke. I hope Ms. Fluke don’t let some lowlife four time marry, racists , drug addict get her down. Bravo to our President.

      • 18 nathkatun7
        March 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Thank you Jackie G for this comment! I am so sick of the media always politicizing every thing the President does. The President didn’t have to call Sandra Fluke “to keep the spotlight on the contraception issue.” The Republican are already doing that by introducing bills, such the Blunt Amendment. The WP is projecting here! It’s the post that is out trying to drum up more controversy on the issue. A humane gesture by the President to reach out to a young and courageous woman, who was maliciously slandered by a powerful media person, is framed as being politically motivated so as to suggest that both sides are guilty! I tell you. I am really sick of the media in this country!

    • 19 yardarm756
      March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      This should be worth a lot of votes come November 6. Women don’t forget!

  2. March 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you Sandra for speaking up for all of us. I know my calls and emails go ignored from one of my Senators…Marco Rubio.

    • 21 Gramiam44
      March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Same with Jon Kyl and John McCain in Arizona! Our Democratic candidate for Kyl’s seat is on the board of Central and North Arizona Planned Parenthood, though. There is hope!

  3. March 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I signed the petition this morning. God bless Sandra Fluke and our President. I hope this incident is Rush Limbaugh’s undoing. He is slime.

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I’ve had about five petitions come through my inbox and signed them all, except the one from Daily Kos, which I couldn’t bring myself to click on. Women of all ages need to see what the Republican mentality really is. You are less than human to them and they will only tolerate you if you do their bidding without complaint. This is the bellowing of the last dinosaurs as the sink into the primeval mud. Their pre-Stone Age mentality cannot be tolerated in the 21rst century. They must be soundly and permanently defeated.

  4. March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I stand with Sandra Fluke!!

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Yes, Africa. Today, we are all Sandra Fluke!

      • 27 HZ
        March 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        I also stand with Sandra Fluke. I received a petition to sign, and I added my name. When I see young people standing up for rights that will have position and just results for all human beings who are being called out on issues that are so important, I take a stand as well.

        This wonderful young lady has courage, intelligence, compassion, and fight within her soul. She will set a beautiful human respectful bar for women rights for generations to come. She deserves our support and love.

        I am proud of you, Sandra Fluke.HZ

  5. March 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Stand strong, Sandra. We are all standing with you.

  6. 32 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    NASTY TORNADO WARNINGS HERE…I MAY YET GET TO FLY WITHOUT MY BROOM! BBL…:(

    • March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Sorry Sue!! I do hope you get a pass!

    • 34 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Be safe Sue!

    • 36 eveingeorgia
      March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      That is too funny, Sue, “without your broom”. LOL at that one!

      In the meantime, please be careful and stay safe. Your bigheartedness and compassionate spirit have warmed my heart many a day. Take care of yourself…with or without the broom, okay?

      • 37 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        AM BACK…AND STILL HAVE MY SOX ON! LOTS OF TORNADOES IN INDIANA TODAY…TIS’ THE SEASON…NOW…IF THEY WOULD JUST PICK UP THE RETHUGS AND SEND THEM TO NEWT’S PLANET WHERE THEY BELONG…AKA…’ELEPHANTVILLE…HOME OF THE ORIGINAL DUNG!’

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Head for safety, Sue!!

      • 40 HZ
        March 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Sue, I love your keen wit. I need to send you a check because you give me medicine for my heart and my spirit daily.

        However, please be safe, and know that my prayers are coming your way. Please take care of yourself, Sue. (((Love and Hugs))))))HZ

        • 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

          BLESSINGS TO YOU HZ…LOVE YOU BACK…:) THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS…THIS IS GOING TO BE A TESTY NIGHT WITH THESE STORMS…BUT, I HAVE A GOOD BASEMENTS…BESIDES THAT..I HAVE TO STICK AROUND TILL PBO IS INAUGURATED!

  7. March 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Happy Friday All!

    Sandra Fluke is an AMAZING young woman, and shows so much poise and grace! Rush just comes across like jabba the hut, vile & disgusting creature that he is!

    By the way, no wonder SleepTrain decided to pull their sponsorship – the optics of mattress product & “sluts” just don’t go together! What a marketing nightmare!

    O/T Chips so sad abotu the YouTube account being suspended. I tried to sneak a peak on one of your awesome videos to cheer me up, and was sad that I couldn’t access it 😦

    Looking forward Chips rising like phoenix, with a new channel! hahaha!

  8. March 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Keep your head up, Ms. Fluke. We support you!

    OT: I’m listening to the BS Report podcast, and am nodding my head with the President when he says: “I don’t watch broadcast or cable news.” Smart man, that Barack Obama! 😆

  9. 50 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    #PRESSON

  10. March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I didn’t realize Limpballs still had advertisers. He’s had a heart attack, has almost gone deaf — and he’s still spitting poison. 🙄

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      It’s gone beyond poison, PJ. It’s one thing to go after a politician or a public figure. But this was a young woman–a private citizen–speaking about a friend. It’s abusive and vile in a way that should disqualify him from being on the public airwaves.

      • 53 edp4bho
        March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        “that should disqualify him from being on the public airwaves.”

        It should disqualify the slime from the human race. Pure evil, the creature is.

        • March 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          I can’t understand any woman marrying him, let alone a young woman, and the young woman he just married is wife #4. Someone told me, well it’s the money, you see. He has all that money.

          No, I don’t see — can any woman on this board, of ANY age, imagine crawling into bed with that disgusting pile of blubber? No amount of money could overcome the nausea.

          • 55 Dudette
            March 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            Some women really will do anything for money.

            What surprises me even more is that Elton John is friendly with the Limbaughs — performed at their wedding no less. With as much anti-gay vitriol that creep spits out, I’d think Elton would be blasting him regularly. WTH?

      • 56 nathkatun7
        March 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        I absolutely agree with you Jackie G!

    • March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for that edwina. Comforting to hear Sandra say, “I’m okay.” A lovely young woman, brave and gentle. As I’ve said before, Limbaugh has a real problem with his mouth, most of all that he has a tongue in it.

    • March 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK…So, LET’S STAY/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012! 😉
      PRESS ON!

  11. March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I stand with ALL WOMEN….on Rush’s & the GOP’s face while digging in their eye with the heels of my stiletto’s.

  12. March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I cried when I heard Sandra tell Andrea Mitchell that President Obama told her that her parents should be proud of her. I am so proud of her. It is lucky for her that I am not her mother! I would not be so civil and gracious to Mr. Lushbahumbug.
    I will be trying to put a video together with both women and men saying the following:
    “Hi my name is ______, and according to Rush Limbaugh I am a slut”
    “Hi my name is ______, and according to Rush Limbaugh my wife is a slut”
    A collection of older, and younger people, professionals, doctors, etc.

    How can one human harbor so much hate?

    • March 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      I believe he gets paid $40 Million dollars a year to sell that hate. It seems to me his most recent contract was $400 million for 10 years. He pushes hate and the only thing worse is that too many people buy it and agree with him.

    • 69 MTmarilyn
      March 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I would love to be one of those women. I am 65. I am so upset about all this. I had 2 sons, no daughters. I am so proud of Sandra Fluke, I would love to call her daughter. Good luck with your project!

      • March 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        I’m with you, MT. Just a tad older than you and would love to have such a wonderful young woman for a daughter. Or maybe, that’s granddaughter.

        • 71 HZ
          March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

          I am with both of you beautiful souls. I am a daughter, my mother was a daughter, my grandmother was a daughter, and now I have two nieces who are beautiful and strong daughters, and one adult great-niece who is a very strong daughter, and a young great-niece who is growing into becoming a beautiful daughter. I would fight(in my own way) anyone who would call anyone of them a “Slut”. So my heart is full with love and respect for this beautiful and intelligent young lady, Sandra Fluke and all of the lovely daughters she is respresenting on her campus and all over this nation.

          Let us give support to POB for stepping up and out on his classy, beautiful man, beautiful son, beautiful husband, beautiful father, and beautiful President of these United States self like no other President in my lifetime has had the courage to do. What an honorable man.

          We should have a thread of “Honor Our Lovely, Courageous, and Compassionate Young Ladies.” I taught young people, and I saw how demeaning and very painful some of the junior high young ladies were so crush when the boys would call them ugly and hateful names. It matters. I had no tolerance for that, and I stepped up to the plate for these young ladies many times, but I Never allowed the young men to get away with the pain they had inflicted upon these wonderful young ladies. I spoke to the young men about their actions, and I NEVER not step up to the plate to do so. We must stand together for young women to come.HZ

  13. 72 Jessica
    March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    This reminds me of when he called that journalist (the one that was sexually assaulted in Egypt; forgive me I can’t remember her name) to make sure she was ok. I knew that must of hurt his heart.

  14. March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I think it is great the president call and encourage her.

  15. March 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Obama warns against pre-emptive Iran strike

    US President Barack Obama has said it would be unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, but warned against a pre-emptive strike on the country.

    He told The Atlantic magazine he was not bluffing by threatening US action if Iran built a weapon but that an early strike could win Iran sympathy.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/world-us-canada-17236549

    • 78 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      THE PRESIDENT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON THIS…AS USUAL…THERE ARE OTHER EXTREMISTS WHO WOULD LOVE TO PUSH PBO’S BACK AGAINST A WALL…NOT GONNA HAPPEN! WE HAVE AN INTELLIGENT PBO WHO USES HIS THINKING MACHINE!

  16. 79 auni
    March 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Is there a list of Rush’s sponsors anywhere? Need to contact them.

  17. 82 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Keep digging Rush……

    Limbaugh Continues Hateful Assault On Sandra Fluke, Says She Needs To Have Less Sex

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/03/02/436652/limabugh-fluke-day-3/

    • 83 sabreen60
      March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      I truly believe that Rush has so much money that he doesn’t give a damn. If got fired tomorrow, which Clear Channel would never do, it doesn’t matter. His approximately 20 million listeners have seen that financially he’s set for life.

  18. 84 Don
    March 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    These two situations, Israel and Iran, and Sandra Fluke sum up President Obama wonderfully. The words of encouragement he gave to Ms. Fluke and the sternness shown towards Israel and Iran. His speech to AIPAC on Sunday will be very interesting, if Israel has any thoughts on attacking Iran, they had better think long and hard before they attack. I loved it when he told both Israel and Iran that he doesn’t bluff.

  19. 88 desertflower
    March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    And as far as Sandra is concerned, not only does she make her parents proud, she makes ME proud! I hope my daughter grows to be THAT kind of strong woman.

  20. 89 desertflower
    March 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    via Tweet at ABL….AutoZone just pulled their advertising from Rush. Keep talking asshole.

  21. 94 Carole
    March 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Below is excerpt from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/01/rep-speier-calls-for-boycott-of-limbaugh-sponsors/

    “I say to the women of this country, ask Century 21, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom, and Sleep Number to stop supporting the hate mongering of Rush Limbaugh and if they do not do that, then I ask them to boycott those companies.”

  22. 95 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    THE FOOL’S GOLD OF GAS PRICE POLITICS

    The GOP’s new emphasis on rising fuel costs actually speaks to President Obama’s improving political position

    =====================================

    For just about anyone who drives a car, the soaring cost of fuel is a source of real distress. It’s also a very real source of worry for Barack Obama’s political team, and a very obvious weapon for his Republican opponents to wield against him.

    And yet, the fact that the GOP is now focusing so aggressively on gas prices is actually a sign of how significantly the political environment has improved for Obama since last fall.

    ======================================

    http://www.salon.com/2012/03/02/the_fool%E2%80%99s_gold_of_gas_price_politics/singleton/

  23. 96 desertflower
    March 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I like ABL’s Tweet…We Are All Sluts Now!

  24. 97 geeja
    March 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I think Rush has finally stepped in his own poo. Let’s keep up the pressure! Just tweeted thanks to Sandra. told her she was my shero!

    • 98 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      HE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO STEP FAR…IT OUGHT TO BE UP TO HIS NECK BY NOW…LIMBAUGHS USUAL BUBBLEBATH ROUTINE!!!!!

  25. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    March 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    RL is a vile, disgusting piece of dirty scum. This phone call by our President to Ms. Fluke is just another example of the class and empathy that President Obama exudes everyday of his life.

    I stand locked arms with all of my brothers and sisters ready to go into battle to fight this War on Women. Thank you Ms. Fluke for being the face and the voice of all women who are under attack by rightwing extremist in this country.

    Here are his sponsors that Linda posted earlier today:

    LIST OF RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW SPONSORS

    Tax Resolution Services
    Online Ad on Rush Site
    1-866-IRSPROBLEMS

    Heart & Body Extract
    Online Ad on Rush Site
    1-866-295-5305

    ProFlowers
    Sales or Service: 1-800-580-2913
    Phone: 800.580.2913

    Sleep Train (Mattress Center)
    4350 Warehouse Ct., Ste 100
    North Highlands, CA 95660Phone: (800) 919-2337
    Fax: (866) 293-5719

    eharmony
    300 N. Lake Ave., Suite 1111
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    media@eharmony.com 626.795.4814
    FAX 626.585.4040

    CARBONITE, Inc.
    617-587-1100
    177 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
    Direct Dial Office: 617-587-1100 EXT:1115

    Sleep Number Bed
    Select Comfort Corporation 6105 Trenton Lane N
    Minneapolis, MN 55442
    Phone: 763-551-7000
    Fax: 763-551-7826
    800-438-2233
    Oreck Upright Vacuum CleanersOreck Corporation
    100 Plantation Road
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70123
    800-289-5888

    Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee
    9151 Grapevine Hwy.North Richland Hills, TX 76180
    Phone (800) 733-1110
    (ads on rushlimbaugh.com)

    AutoZone Inc.
    901-495-7185; Fax: 901-495-8374
    P.O. Box 2198, Memphis, TN 38101
    LegalZoom

    800-773-0888; Fax: 323-962-8300

    Citrix Online (GoToMyPC)
    6500 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117
    Phone: 805-690-6400; Fax: 805-690-6471
    ALSO KNOWN AS GOTOMEETING.COM
    American Forces Network
    Contact Us: @MyAFN.net

    Mission Pharmacal Company
    10999 IH-10 West Suite 1000
    P.O. Box 786099
    San Antonio, TX 78278-6099
    Telephone: (800) 531-3333

    Life Quotes, Inc.
    32045 Castle Court Evergreen, CO 80439
    1-800-670-5433
    Contact:
    Michelle Matlock, Senior Managing Editor
    (800)556-9393, x.335

    Lending Tree
    (704) 541-5351

    She also posted a free fax website:

  26. March 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hey tweeters! Here’s a tweet I would love someone in the twitterverse to send out:
    That the vile explosion of hate known as Rush Limbaugh is the de facto head of the republican party tells u all u need to know about the modern GOP.

  27. 104 CTGirl
    March 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

  28. 107 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    NEXT FRIDAY I GET TO GO TO OUR OBAMA OFFICE OPEN HOUSE…FINALLY..SOMETHING HELD IN THE DAYTIME WHEN I CAN DRIVE AND SEE AT THE SAME TIME. GOING TO FIND A PLACE FOR SUE W/ A CLIPBOARD…THEN VOTER REG. HELL IS GOING TO BE RAISED! FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!

  29. March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Per chatter on twitter, Autozone just pulle its ad from nasty Rush.

  30. March 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  31. 113 debbyeOh
    March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    That’s my President! I’m sorry Sandra is having to go through this bull, but I surely admire her! I’ve signed every petition for ad buys on that a-hole’s show i could find! We have to keep at it, it took a while to get rid of Glen Beck, remember?

  32. 114 Michele
    March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    All women such as: mothers, aunties, sisters, God mothers, daughters, girlfriends, and wives, are Sandra Fluke..

  33. March 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Afternoon all.

    There was a Monty Python skit called “Upperclass Twit of the Year.” I present it here for your amusement.

    As you can see, the twits win by being the first to shoot themselves in the head.

    That’s what we’re seeing in the right wing right now. On issue after issue, they’re doubling down, becoming more outrageous — shooting themselves in the head. And they have to. The rhetoric that’s spewed out of their mouths for the past 3 years leaves them no wiggle room; either they push on, or they get exposed as the hucksters they are. I for one am loving the spectacle of a sex tourist gasbag digging his own grave. Ms. Fluke is made of stern stuff, and I applaud her for not backing down, and fighting a fight she didn’t seek out.

    • 116 nathkatun7
      March 2, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Bravo LL! You really zeroed in the current state of the right wing.

    • 117 yardarm756
      March 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      While I appreciate this bit of fun forgive me if I still view the rwnj’s with a jaundice eye. They are a sneaky lot and have been known to have hidden agendas. When it comes to them it’s what I don’t see that concerns me.

  34. 118 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Hey TOD, the list of advertisers pulling out of Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting show is growing. Sleep Train, Sleep Number, Select Comfort and now Autozone.

    • March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Hah! Even faster than Glenn Beck got abandoned!

    • March 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Oh wow. I have been out all morning and just came back and logged on. I am so happy that PBO called Ms. Fluke and offered his support. I have been signing every petition sent to me. I am so proud of Ms Fluke.

      • 121 jacquelineoboomer
        March 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Hi, COS – just finding out the news myself. Love the fact the sponsors are ditching that creep, after hearing from everybody. I’m so sorry Ms. Fluke had to suffer through this, but she’s smart and mature enough to know it will have been almost worth it.

  35. March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    OMG!! Mrtin Bashir (sp) just put out anb APB for Newt Grinch. He said look for a funny looking rotund man, traveling with a much younger woman and to be on the look out in coffee and food shops. That was hilarious!

  36. 123 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    OMG!!! Martin Bashir is killing me. Not only does he skewer the GOP with truth, he puts out an APB for one Newton Leroy Gingrich

    APB: Look out for a funny looking rotund man with a much younger woman whose hair looks like an uncooked french dessert. Be sure to look out for them in coffee shops and food shops.

    😆 😆 😆 😆

  37. 128 Jessica
    March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    You know what’s interesting about all of this though. Where was all of this condemnation of Limbaugh when he called Mrs. Obama fat (or whatever vile words he used to desribe her). And I don’t remember much hoopla from the media when Glenn Beck was insulting then 11 year-old Malia (he’s out of a job now right?). He’s been utterly offensive for many years I wonder why this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    It seems as if after Limbaugh has attacked blacks, hispanics, the poor, children and the elderly for over 3 years people are finally waking up with this whole birth control battle.

    • 129 debbyeOh
      March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Well Jessica, I understand your frustration, but sometimes you never know what it takes to wake people up. But I guess we should be grateful they (we women and liked minded guys) do wake up when we do!

      • 130 jacquelineoboomer
        March 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Jessica – and debbyeOh – I agree with both of you. Just happened to think, also, that the Rutgers women and now Ms. Fluke are not public figures, so maybe that’s why the uprising about both. Even though we know Mrs. Obama and her children should be treated with the same respect as women and kids not in the public eye, some of these awful people think there’s a difference.

  38. March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I’m still waiting for an influential Repub woman to speak out. Whether in business, politics, or clergy, surely there’s one that has soemthing to say. I’m looking at you Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Dr. Condieleeza Rice, Meg Whitman, $arah Pay’em, etc

    • 132 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Where is our lazy, sloppy media to pose the question to them?

      If this was a Dem situation that would be chasing them around the town with a camera and a mic to get a response but the Repubs ALL get a pass.

      • March 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        I’m thinking the pub women are all in hiding….with strict instructions from their apeman to get back in the kitchen and stay quiet until we give you something to say. I imagine Frank Lutz is working overtime, on how to talk about this. It’s gotta be focused group you know.

      • 134 nathkatun7
        March 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Yes Indeed, Donna dem 4 Obama! Where are the media? Why aren’t they asking GOP leaders, both men and women, to publicly state their position on Limbaugh’s vile remarks slandering a young woman, whose only crime was to speak out in the cause to protect the health of all women who rely on contraceptives for a variety of health reasons?

    • 135 Jessica
      March 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Dr. Rice could have done so much more with her intelligence and hard work instead she uses her voice to defend Bush and his horrible legacy. She could have been an excellent role model for success, especially for black women but it’s ok we have Michelle Obama and Oprah.

    • 136 majii
      March 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      The fact that the ones you have identified, cookemom, haven’t spoken up, speaks volumes about the lack of character among the GOPers. These are the people David Brooks was talking about when he used the word “possum republicans” in an article earlier this week. They’re too cowardly to tell people like Limbaugh to knock it off. Boehner and Cantor have issued statements, but they shouldn’t have because they leave much to be desired and are far from being apologies to Ms. Fluke or condemnations of Limbaugh’s behavior.

      “So now come the updates after all: John Boehner “obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate,” emails a Boehner spokesman; and Eric Cantor, also through a spokesman, says “It’s not language the majority leader would condone.”

      http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/03/the-gop-leadership-blows-it-again.html

  39. March 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    If Imus could lose his job after denigrating the Rutgers women’s basketball team,why can’t Limbaugh lose his?Civility will never return if people put up with this vile speech

  40. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    March 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    President Obama called Sandra Fluke?

    Well, I think I’m going to cry. He makes us all so connected … so “we’re all in this together” for the rest of the country.

    Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Ms. Fluke!

    • March 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      yes it was touching. I was watching Andrea Mitchell right after Sandra received the call in the green room, waiting to come on air. She was visibly shaken and her voice shook when she talked about her telling her parents to be proud of her.

  41. March 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    In one of his more solemn duties, President Obama visited with more than two dozen wounded warriors today, and awarded eight Purple Hearts.

    The White House did not permit news or photo coverage of the president’s visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

    Officials later reported that Obama met with 27 wounded service members — 11 Soldiers, 14 Marines, one Sailor and one NATO Forces Member.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/03/obama-awards-eight-purple-hearts/1#.T1E5J8zzRdU

  42. 150 CTGirl
    March 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    RALEIGH — First Lady Michelle Obama today stumped across North Carolina for her husband’s re-election, saying the presidential contest would offer a clear choice about which party cares about the struggling middle class.

    Appearing at fundraisers in Raleigh and later in Charlotte, Obama’s appearances marked an intensification of the presidential campaign in North Carolina, a state that both parties see as critical in the fight for the White House.

    “The choice we make will determine nothing less than who we are as a country, but more importantly who do we want to be,” Obama told about 600 people in packed fundraising luncheon in a ballroom the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

    “Who are we?” she asked. “Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to only a few at the top? Or will we be a place if you work hard you can get ahead no matter who you are or how you started out.”

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/02/1899720/first-lady-michelle-obama-speaks.html#storylink=rss

  43. March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/02/2012
    What’s at stake on Super Tuesday
    By Jonathan Bernstein

    Even if you believe that Mitt Romney is almost certain to be the nominee — as I do — there’s still plenty at stake in the Washington caucuses tomorrow and the 10 Super Tuesday states on March 6th. Can end the hotly contested phases of the nomination contest now, and pivot to general election themes and unifying his party? Or will he have to spend many more weeks attacking Republicans and worrying about offending conservatives?

    I’ll take the upcoming contests in three batches.

    First Tier: Romney’s strongest states. These are Massachusetts, Vermont, the Idaho caucuses, and Virginia. This is the group that’s going to give Romney a good day, no matter what else happens. He’s going to win most or all of the delegates in these states, giving him a large lead on the day that the remainder of the contests probably won’t erase no matter how poorly he does in them. Something would have to go very wrong for him in these particular states to really put his eventual nomination in doubt.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/whats-at-stake-on-super-tuesday/2012/03/02/gIQA6PACnR_blog.html

  44. March 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Just a little reminder:

    5:15pm EST
    President Obama Speaks at Conservation Conference

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

  45. 159 a4alice
    March 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    all excellent articles TOD tweeted them.

  46. March 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Four down. Word is QuickenLoans just pulled its ad.

  47. March 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    March 02, 2012 3:32 PM
    Bad Day for the Bully
    By Ed Kilgore

    You never know with these things, but there are signs aborning that Rush Limbaugh’s two-day tirade against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke may have been a very serious mistake. When the President of the United States goes to the trouble of personally calling the victim of a media bully to comfort her, the bully is getting into the kind of danger zone usually reserved for nasty tinpot dictators and perpetrators of heinous crimes. And when the Speaker of the House representing the party you have lorded it over for many years finds it necessary to denounce your behavior, you might want to consider a vacation of a trip to rehab.

    Limbaugh has already lost one major sponsor (Sleep Train), and there’s quite a campaign underway to gather petitions to all his sponsors suggesting that might find a better use of their advertising dollars. So far all Rush has been able to muster is some spluttering at Obama for his Super-PACs accepting a big contribution from Bill Maher, and a half-hearted effort to play the victim himself, a role for which he is singularly ill-equipped.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_03/bad_day_for_the_bully035788.php

    • March 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Check out and follow Stopbeck and his ‘StopRush’ account on Twitter… @Stopbeck, @StopRush ….Onward #BoycottRush:

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      PRESS ON! 😉

  48. 165 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    BE BACK IN TIME FOR PBO..:)

  49. March 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, oh, ProFlowers supposedly pull ad too.

  50. March 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Cleveland Cavaliers pulls ad per Think Progress. The plot thickens.

  51. 168 Linda
    March 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Cleveland Cavaliers just pulled their ads from Limbaugh.

  52. March 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Rush is losing ads faster than he can swallow a 10-pound hamburger.

  53. March 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    In regard to Rush Limbaugh, I have been on the phone for hours calling sponsors off the list supplied by WiW. I got a few denials, but mostly the people on the other end were listening. I made it clear that sponsorship of such vile behavior would not be tolerated and that continuing to do so may affect their businesses in a very negative way. Several respondents mentioned that they had received calls and were aware of the situation. I hope the calls and petitions continue, so the sponsors take it as seriously as they should.
    In addition to contacting the sponsors of the Limbaugh hate show, I think we should also demand a clear statement from all Republican officials and candidates. After all, Rush Limbaugh is such an important mouthpiece of the GOP that the public should assume that their silence equals condoning the attacks on all women. I called the office of Senator Scott Brown and made it very clear that something more than Speaker Boehner’s halfhearted mumble is required. Let them feel the heat – it’s nothing compared to what they will experience in November when all the “sluts” have their say at the polls.

  54. March 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Finallly a GNOP woman speaks out. Of course, now she’s no longer welcome in the NOPE party,

    ‘“That language is insulting, in my opinion. It’s incendiary and most of all, it’s a distraction. It’s a distraction from what are very real and important issues,” said Fiorina on CBS’s “This Morning.”

  55. 176 4morefor44
    March 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    dont worry lush limpbawl, there is always goldline to fill the space, if they still have time though while fighting all the lawsuits against them!

  56. 177 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    And the plot thickens. Cleveland Cavaliers, Proflowers, Quicken Loans, join Select Comfort, Autozone, Sleep Number, Sleep Train in pulling ads from Limbaugh’s disgusting show. #BoycottRush is going full steam ahead.

    • 178 anniebella
      March 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Great News. There will come a day when Rush Limbaugh will be off the air wave. And instead of Franklin Graham questioning if President Obama is a christian, why aren’t he speaking out against people like Limbaugh, praying for his soul if Rush have one.

      • 179 anniebella
        March 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        So what have the four GOP clowns said about Limbaugh’s comments? I imagine Rick Santorum agree with every word Limbaugh said. Poor Mitt don’t know what to say. But it is ashame how afraid the GOP leaders are of Limbaugh. Boehner, McConnell, Canter, all of them are afraid to say anything that might make Limbaugh mad.

  57. 181 Zekke LyDonna
    March 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    We have an AWESOME PRESIDENT. Even his critics must recognize the decency and compassion of this man. When I listen to the commentary, I can hear the hollowness with which the #GOP and their supporters, try to make a case for this radioactive, reactionary #WarOnWomen. Some are strident in their defense, but they ‘protest too much’. It is the last, SUICIDAL, gasp of a dying party, and they will go down HARD. The political atmosphere will only get uglier, the protests louder and more strident, and perhaps, more dangerous for all who disagree with them. When their words (lies) no longer work, they will use force. They will pray on the ‘weak and defenseless’. Like all bullies (Khaddafi, Assad, et. al), they lash out in blind anger at their inevitable defeat.

  58. 182 hopefruit2
    March 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  59. 183 LDS
    March 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    It just occurred to me how many GOP women and their daughters are using contracpetions and are too cowardly to speak up. How can they even sleep with these racist, evil men? The thought of having sex is repulsive. I am praying that Rush Limpballs have no children…..please.

  60. 184 carolyn
    March 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Late to this train, but as a 72 year old woman I am SO proud of Sandra Fluke! She is putting herself on the line with grace and dignity. I’m so glad that the President called her with encouragement and compassion. He is a president who truly respects women. My husband has said for years…..how can any man who has a wife, or a daughter or a sister, not want them to be treated equally? How can any man talk about women like Rush does??? So,I know not only women are upset, but real men are mad and upset too.
    So glad to see the boycott beginning to take off!!! Money is what talks.

    • 185 nathkatun7
      March 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      “My husband has said for years…..how can any man who has a wife, or a daughter or a sister, not want them to be treated equally?”

      Carolyn, your husband is absolutely right! I have a daughter and several nieces who are Sandra Fluke’s age. I also have sisters and I was raised by strong women that included my mother, grandmother and precious aunts.

      I am proud of Sandra Fluke for standing up for the rights of women to be in charge of their health needs. She reminds me of my daughter (now in Graduate School) who is committed to fighting for the rights of women.

  61. 186 CEB
    March 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Sp proud of Ms. Fluke, a true warrior woman of grace, fortitide, and intelligence. So proud of our president for all of his acts, large and small, personal and public, that show how he values, respects, and loves women.

  62. March 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Good evening everyone. I had to come out of my Lurking mode this evening to stand with Miss Fluke. She is a brave young woman, one who is willing to stand up for what she believes in. As a woman, mother and wife I am proud of her and I know that her Parents are very proud of her. I was in tears listening to Miss Fluke talk about PBO and the conversation she had with him, this very loving and caring man I am sure felt her pain. ( I would like to claim him for my Island home) .

    • 188 theo67
      March 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      This issue certainly deserves coming out of lurking, if ever an issue deserved it. Thanks for sharing your point of view! I was also in tears listening to Ms. Fluke earlier today when she mentioned that the President told her that her parents should be proud of her. She was clearly moved, and it also showed that this unwarranted and offensive attack from Limbaugh has hurt her, as it would any human being. I’m so glad the President reached out to her – it clearly meant a lot to her.

      Ms. Fluke has been completely impressive throughout this whole ordeal. We couldn’t have asked for a better spokesperson for this issue.

      • 189 Chi
        March 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        Sandra Fluke has indeed been such a wonderful representation of all that is best about America…

        Smart, articulate, decent, calm and incredibly lovely…

        What a testament to her family…

        Her parents ought to be proud…

        They raised a wonderful human being…


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