It’s a rough day in the press for The Obamas. While Michelle Obama is raising eyebrows for a gaffe in which she called herself a “busy single mother,” President Obama is getting heat for calling California Attorney General Kalama Harris attractive.
At a fundraiser in California on Thursday, Obama said that Harris “happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.” “It’s true, come on,” he added before offering: “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.”
The compliment drew a firestorm of criticism as many felt it was inappropriate, offensive to women and bad for workplace equality. Some went as far as to call it sexist.
President Obama has since apologized according to White House Press secretary Jay Carney: “He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments,” and “apologized for the remark.”
Carney continued: “[Obama] did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities. He fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.”
What do you think of President Barack Obama’s compliment, Clutchettes? Was an apology necessary?