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April 05, 2013

Obama apologizes for remarks about "the best looking" AG

President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for the "distraction" created when he remarked on her good looks, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday.

Obama touched off a firestorm -- and won the Washington Post's 'Worst Week in Washington' -- when he lauded the AG for her appearance, as well as her job performance. The remarks came at a California fundraiser as Obama singled out Harris and Rep. Mike Honda, two of the elected officials attending the event. (Honda's appearance didn't get quite the presidential rave: 'He's not like a real tall guy,' Obama said of Honda, "but he's a great guy."

Of Harris, he said, "You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake," Obama said of Harris. "She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country."

And he went on, "It's true. Come on," he said, adding as the audience laughed, "And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years"

Critics seized on the remarks -- some calling it sexist and inappropriate -- and Obama picked up the phone to apologize Thursday night when he got back from his trip, Carney said, noting that Obama and Harris are "old friends and good friends.

"And he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general's professional accomplishments and her capabilities," Carney said. He noted that Obama had called Harris "brilliant, dedicated, and tough. And she is all those things," Carney said. "She has been a remarkably effective leader as attorney general. She's a key player in the mortgage settlement which will help, you know, many, many middle-class families who are struggling to deal with the mortgage situation in this country."

Obama, Carney said, "fully recognizes the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance."

Asked whether Obama believes the remark was sexist, Carney repeated for that he had apologized, and "certainly regretted that it caused that distraction."

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Edmund Singleton

Note to the President: Please don't ever say anything nice about anyone again...

BuckRedstone

Who want to bet Michelle had something to say to Barry about this. Any broken china of dings in the White House walls? Maybe she took a cue from Tiger's ex and picked up one of Barry's much loved clubs to swing at him!

jt

Women, who reach a certain professional level, know the difference between a man that appreciates the WHOLE person and acknowledges them and little men who attempt to negate a woman using her good or bad looks! It is so obvious that the President is not so insecure as the later!

Dumb and ill-founded!

Norman

I wonder, perhaps "O"'s wife "B-slapped" him for the comment? As for the A.G. making sure that "every one got a fair shake under the law", tell that to those who got screwed by the banks when she signed on to the OCC's scam to let the banks off the hook in the foreclosure scandal,making political points instead.

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