At his press conference this afternoon, President Obama was asked for his opinion on Rush Limbaugh's Sandra Fluke comments. He didn't want to speak to the sincerity of Limbaugh's apology or the fact that he's shedding advertisers at a breakneck pace, but he did offer a nice explanation for why he decided to call Sandra Fluke:

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, even ones I may not agree with them on. 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.

A teachable moment if there ever was one. This sentiment shouldn't sound as revolutionarily sane as it does, but compared to what we've been hearing for the last few months, it makes your heart melt just to hear someone in politics talk about women doing something other than having endless slutty sex.

Obama's Call Was a Lesson for His Girls [NY Times]