Rush Limbaugh slammed President Barack Obama for making a phone call to a Georgetown law student whose stand on contraception prompted the radio-talk-show host to label her a "slut" on his radio talk show.
Sandra Fluke testified before a House committee last week about the high cost of female birth control, adding that the government should include contraception services as part of health plans. Fluke testified that some students spend more than $1,000 a year on contraception that is not covered by the university's health plans.
She attracted attention because the week before, the Republican-controlled committee had rejected a request that Fluke testify.
Limbaugh said Fluke's insistence on wanting contraception made her a prostitute and the nation's taxpayers "pimps" for paying for her contraception.
Limbaugh remained unflappable Friday despite the growing controversy that has caused at least one advertiser to pull funding from his nationally-syndicated show; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has created an anti-Limbaugh petition.
"That is so compassionate! What a great guy," Limbaugh chided Obama on his radio show today. "The president called her to make sure she's OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, a student at Georgetown law who admits to having so much sex that she can't afford it anymore," Limbaugh continued.
"And, thus, a new welfare entitlement must be created so that society will pay for it," Limbaugh said, adding that, "all of a sudden we're told that people who want to have sex without consequence, sex with no responsibility, and we have pay for it! We're told we have to pay for it — and if we object, that somehow we're Neanderthal."
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Friday afternoon, Fluke talked about what the president said to her.
“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke said. “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 White House says Obama called Fluke on Friday and expressed disappointment that she was the subject of personal attacks.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama believes Limbaugh's comments were "unfortunate attacks." Carney called the comments "reprehensible."
Limbaugh, however, said the insult here is misplaced.
"Where is it written that, all of a sudden, if you want something and don't have the money for it, somebody else has to pay for it? I think the whole notion of being insulted here is misplaced. There are a lot of us insulted by this whole idea that is growing throughout the Obama administration, that the people who make this country work are somehow not doing their fair share. Not paying their fair share. We've gotta be punished even more. And here's the latest example of it."
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