April 2, 2012

The video of the forum hosted by 92Y in New York in their series called "Campaign For a Better Conversation" went up online a few days ago. Appropriately it featured Chelsea Clinton and Sandra Fluke among the speakers. The exchange captured media attention, recalling the ugliness of Rush Limbaugh's attacks on a teenage Chelsea.

Text via International Business Times:

Chelsea Clinton sympathized with women's issues advocate Sandra Fluke earlier this week, saying she too had been attacked by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh when she was a kid in the White House.

Now, a video of the exchange (above) has been published, in which Clinton, daughter of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is seen praising Fluke.

"[Sandra Fluke] and I actually have something in common," Clinton said on stage at the 92 Street Y in New York Wednesday night, during a discussion about women in politics. "We've both been attacked by Rush Limbaugh."

"I also believe that if you have the right type of enemies you are doing something correct," she said.

Sandra Fluke's reply on why she's doing what she's doing, despite the attacks on her character, was telling also. She said she was doing it to show younger girls that you don't back down from the bullies and the haters as that is what they want.

[Chelsea Clinton] "Sandra, you have reacted with such an ability nobility to everything that has happened. You have chosen to empower yourself over what has happened, and not become disempowered."

Fluke said she is thinking about what message her actions would have to young girls amid the controversy..

[Sandra Fluke] "They would clearly be thinking 'sit down and shut up,' because 'if I speak out that's what happens' ... I wanted to be an example of someone who did not go away," she said, adding: "I hope it will be an empowering moment in some strange way."

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