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Video: Obama on Rush Limbaugh & Sandra Fluke

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

President Obama took time out of a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Fluke controversy.

The president said one reason he decided to reach out to Fluke and call her last Friday was because of his own two daughters. 

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"One of the things I want them to do as they get older is engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” Obama said. “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."

He was also asked if he thought Limbaugh's apology for calling Fluke a "slut" over her stance on birth control was genuine.

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"I don't know what's in Rush Limbaugh's heart, so I'm not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology," Obama said. "What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree on, that the remarks that were made don't have any place in the public discourse."