President Obama created a miniature firestorm Thursday, April 4, by being gauche enough to have called California Attorney General Kamala Harris the “best-looking attorney general” in the country. Not long afterward, the President was forced to apologize for the “sexist” remark.
Obama made the comment at a luncheon event held at the home of Levi Strauss heir John Goldman, where he introduced AG Harris with a list of compliments before ending with, “She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.”
As soon as the media reported the President’s comments, the lefty outrage machine kicked into high gear. Vanity Fair called Obama’s comments “Sexual Harris-ment?” After others from the lefty blogosphere also attacked the President, he sent out his spokesman, Press Secretary Jay Carney, to issue a hasty apology.
The next day, Carney said that the President “did not want to in any way diminish the attorney general’s accomplishments and her capabilities.”
Carney assured the press that Obama thinks that women “should not be judged based on appearance.”
At least one person, though, is likely happy that the President made this “gaffe.”
The same day the President made his comment about AG Harris, First Lady Michelle Obama was telling a Vermont CBS TV affiliate that she was a “single mother.”
In a discussion about her family obligations and her work load, Mrs. Obama blundered saying, “Believe me, as a busy single mother–or, I shouldn’t say single, as a busy mother…”
The First Lady may be relieved that good-looking-gate took the pressure off her own, more unusual gaffe.