Obama defends free speech in comments on campus protests


Give President Obama some credit — when he was asked to comment on the wave of protests sweeping colleges across the country, he didn't fully capitulate.

While he did praise the protesters, he noted that they needed to hear the other side and make sure they were "engaging in a dialogue."

"The civil rights movement happened because there was civil disobedience, because people were willing to go to jail, because there were events like Bloody Sunday, but it was also because the leadership of the movement consistently stayed open to the possibility of reconciliation and sought to understand the views, even views that were appalling to them, of the other side," Obama told ABC host George Stephanopoulos.

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Obama said he teaches his daughters to stand up for those who lack a voice, but also to hear the other side of the argument.

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