President Obama apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris yesterday for the “distraction” he created by calling her “by far the best-looking attorney general,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today.
“He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments,” said Carney. “They are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments or her capabilities. And I would note that he called her, in those same comments, ‘brilliant,’ ‘dedicated’ and ‘tough,’ and she is all those things.”
Carney added that Obama “fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.”
The president made the remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Atherton, Calif., yesterday.
“[Y]ou 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 before adding, “She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorneygeneral in the country — Kamala Harris is here. It’s true. Come on. And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years.”
H/T National Review