President Obama invoked his daughters, Malia and Sasha, as he described reaching out to now-famous Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke over the phone.
Fluke and Rush Limbaugh have been ensnared in a war of words after Limbaugh called the contraception activist a slut for her testimony before Congress.
Obama elevated the issue even further when he called Fluke personally and the White House condemned Limbaugh's controversial remarks on the subject.
Since then, sponsors have been fleeing the Limbaugh show despite Rush's apology to Fluke and even GOP presidential candidates are distancing themselves.
At a press conference yesterday, Obama said:
"The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things that I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, including ones that I may not agree with the on."
"And I don't want them attacked or called horrible names just because they're being good citizens. One thing that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don't have any place in the public discourse.""We want to send a message to all our young people being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate. We want you to be engaged."
"And there's a way to do it that doesn't involve you being demeaned and insulted. Particularly when you're a private citizen."
Amid the debate over the rise of insurance coverage of contraception, Obama was asked if he believed the Republican party was engaged in a "war on women."
"Women are going to make up their own mind," Obama said Tuesday. While he denied that women are or will ever be "single-issue voters," he said, "I believe that Democrats have a better story to tell to women."
"It's about how we’re going to solidify the middle class and grow this economy; make sure everybody’s got has a fair shot; everybody’s doing their fair share and we’ve got a fair set of rules of the road for everybody to follow."