At the presidential press conference this afternoon, Barack Obama was asked to weigh in radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's apology to law school student Sandra Fluke. "Do you believe Rush Limbaugh's apology to the Georgetown student is sufficient and heartfelt? Do you agree with the number of sponsors who agreed to stop supporting his show? Is there a double standard on this issue? Liberal commentators have made similarly provocative and distasteful statements and there hasn't been the same out rage."
The president, who called the law school student about this incident, responded by casting doubt on Limbaugh's motives. "I'm not going to comments on what sponsors decide to do or the economics and politics of it," Obama said. "I don't know what's in Rush Limbaugh's heart so I'm not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology. What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don't have any place in the public discourse. And the reason I called her is because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about."