Less than a month after the president called a law student insulted by Rush Limbaugh to offer his personal support, Bristol Palin says she is still waiting for Obama to call her about derogatory remarks liberal comedian Bill Maher has made about her and her family.
“Dear President Obama, You don’t know my telephone number, but I hope your staff is busy trying to find it,” Palin wrote in a blog post Sunday.
She continued by saying that after the president had called Sandra Fluke, in response to Limbaugh having used a derogatory sexual term about the Georgetown Law Student on his radio show, “I figured I might be next,” Palin wrote.
After the fallout from Limbaugh’s rants against Fluke, conservatives have argued Democrats have a double standard because, while they condemned Limbaugh’s comments, crass statements about GOP women made by Maher, who donated $1 million to Obama’s SuperPAC, have not been similarly denounced.
Maher has hurled insults at Bristol Palin and other members of her family in the past, once using a “c” word to refer to Sarah Palin, former vice presidential nominee, in his stand-up routine.
“If Maher talked about Malia and Sasha that way, you’d return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain you,” Palin wrote.
Obama said he felt compelled to call Fluke because of his own two daughters. “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 civil and thoughtful way, and I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens,” the president told reporters earlier this month.
Asked about Maher’s comments and whether the president should ask his PAC to return his donation, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. “We are not, and cannot be, the arbitrator of every statement that everybody makes in the policy and political arena.”
“Obviously language that denigrates women is inappropriate,” Carney said earlier this month, noting the president “chooses to lead by example.”
“In the pursuit of a more civil discourse in our public space, he chooses to try to practice that civility himself. And he calls on everybody to do just that,” he said.
As Palin noted in her blog, during the 2008 campaign, Obama told reporters to “back off” stories about her teen pregnancy. “Let me be a clear as possible: I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off limits,” Obama said in 2008 in response an ABC News question, “and people’s children are especially off limits.”
Palin wonders if the Presidency has “changed” Obama. “Now that you’re in office, it seems you’re only willing to defend certain women. You’re only willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters will stand behind you,” she wrote.
“I’m not expecting your SuperPAC to return the money. You’re going to need every dime to hang on to your presidency. I’m not even really expecting a call. But would it be too much to expect a little consistency? After all, you’re President of all Americans, not just the liberals,” Palin concluded.