President Obama: A feminist – & really nice.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: The President of these United States is a feminist. It would also appear that he is a really nice guy.

Further indication of both:

President Obama called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who testified at a House contraception hearing. Rush Limbaugh recently had harsh words for Fluke, calling her a “slut.”

Fluke told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Obama “encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women.”

Obama also told Fluke that she should tell her parents that “they should be proud.”

Some people have Rush Limbaugh on their side. Me? I have President Barack Obama.

I like my odds.

h/t TPMLivewire



  1. Dex

     /  March 2, 2012

    Although I generally have a pretty dim view of the current state of the GOP, I couldn’t help but wonder when this whole thing went down if a Republican candidate (or would-be late entrant), couldn’t completely rock the race by saying: this sh!t has got to stop. Are there really that many people in the GOP who would revolt against pushback on Rush’s comments compared to the goodwill that it would generate among people who worry about the increasing lunacy of the party and the ever-shrinking tent? Whatever people feel about McCain, he did from time to time push back against some of the lunacy (including racial slurs of Obama and questions of his citizenship and religious affiliation). It’s hard for me to picture any candidate in the current race doing the same sort of pushing back.

    • aaron singer

       /  March 2, 2012

      That’s the difference between the primaries and the general. Whomever wins the GOP nomination will have to swing back towards the middle to appeal to independent voters. In the primaries, though, party activists have more power and thus you see what we are seeing now.

    • Darth Thulhu

       /  March 2, 2012

      Quite honestly, that willingness to concede any decency in opposition to the crowd in front of him is why support for McCain was so tepid among the 2008 Republican rank and file. They did not appreciate him being a Maverick, at those times he had been. They wanted red meat and agreement.

      There is no margin in opposing Rush, and I can’t see any of the big four doing it. Ron Paul is a Studied Expert at keeping the bigots on-side, Gingrich and the FrothMastsr are True Believers, and Mittens believes he has zero room to maneuver.

      Don’t get me wrong – actually doing it would certainly pay off in the long run for whoever did it, if they could survive the immediate backlash. It would be “the Sister Souljah” moment x100, because unlike Souljah, Limbaugh has extreme power and influence over the base. Taking him down a peg would be a real demonstration of personal strength.

      But this is a place where the stereotypical Conservative Cohesion works against such an outcome. Unlike fractious Democrats, where attacking one another only ever had modest consequences, taking the fight to Limbaugh means engaging the entire talk radio choir and much of the evangelical hardcases, many of whom will rally to the man’s defense. It is treason against the One Tribe more than it is demonstrating one’s own mind, at least at first.

      Which is, after all, why the Republican tent keeps shrinking. If you don’t want to be trampled by the True Elephants, you have to either line up with them or get very far away.

    • I wish someone would. No one wants to lose, and if they do this they’ll lose the primaries.

      The closest might be Mitt – he said he wouldn’t set his hair on fire to get elected.

      I’m sad that I cannot attend the caucuses tomorrow – I’d have to state that I was a Republican, and I can no longer do that. Still, it would be interesting to hear the conversations.

  2. This is what a President is supposed to be like. The man is erudite, thoughtful, compassionate, and pragmatic. You cannot claim he does everything right, but he tries to help people. You think any of the GOP’s “Presidential” wannabes has this level of empathy?

  3. scone

     /  March 2, 2012

    This, quite honestly, was the only thing to make me feel a little better about this whole awful thing.

  4. WAKnight

     /  March 2, 2012

    Barrack Obama is, like Frederick Douglass, a woman’s right’s man.

    • SWNC

       /  March 2, 2012


      • WAKnight

         /  March 2, 2012

        It’s actually become my favorite term for a male feminist sympathizer, since men calling themselves feminists is thorny and the alternatives (ally, for instance) seem a little cute.

        Maybe I should make membership cards with Frederick Douglass on them…

  5. neighbors73

     /  March 2, 2012

    Although this may be largely, true….I could do a little less with him defending decisions in terms of how he fathers his daughters. For example, with the Plan B debacle…


  6. I have a really good idea bout how to deal with that pig Limbaugh.

    But please, when the idea takes off, remember you heard it here first lol

    Love to all, (except that sleazy bastard)