Obama, Axelrod Slam Rush

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President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.

President Barack Obama and David Axelrod made their feelings clear about talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh’s comments on birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke during a press conference Tuesday. At a news conference Tuesday, Obama addressed the controversy Limbaugh incited head-on, drawing on his experience as a father, and said people should be able to engage in public disputes without “being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.” Meanwhile, more advertisers continued to drop Limbaugh’s show, bringing the total number of advertisers lost to 17.