President Obama is being accused of sexism for publicly remarking on California Attorney General Kamala Harris's good looks at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Thursday.
The President said of the 48-year-old: 'She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough...She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general,' Obama said, adding, 'It's true! C'mon!'
According to a pool reporter who attended the event, Obama was doting on Harris, 'noting a couple of times that she is, objectively, easy on the eyes.'
Commentators both liberal and conservative immediately took to Twitter to blast his remarks as 'unsettling,' 'disgraceful' and 'disrespectful.'
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Political pals: President Obama, seen here with Kamala Harris in February 2012, called her 'the best looking Attorney General' in the country at a fundraiser on Thursday
Beauty and brains: The daughter of an Asian Indian mother and Jamaican American father, Ms Harris has a unique look
'Obama's comment about Kamala Harris is disgraceful and really terrible for workplace equality,' wrote Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine.
Added Rebecca Traister, writer for The New York Times Magazine and Salon, 'On What planet in [Obama's] mind did he think that sounded like the right thing to say?'
Obama's supporters argue that the president and Harris, who is not married, are good friends and that it shouldn't be considered a crime to compliment a women on her obvious good looks.
'The fact that this has in some way become a story about his overall respect of women (or lack thereof) is a slap in the face to the first lady, the first daughters, and every other woman who appreciates a compliment that extends far beyond appearance from the president or any other man,' Angela Rye, a Democratic political consultant, told Politico.
Michelle Obama has not commented on the controversy , but she did have a slip-up of her own on Thursday in a TV interview where she accidentally called herself a 'single mother.'
During an interview with Burlington, Vermont CBS affiliant WCAX, the first lady was discussing healthy foods and how the demands of raising a family can leave little time for nutritious cooking.
'Believe me, as a busy single mother, Obama said, before quickly correcting herself, 'Or I shouldn't say single - as a busy mother.'
Explaining her slip-up, she added, 'Sometimes, you know when you've got the husband who's president it can feel a little single. But he's there.'
Single? Obama remarked on Harris' looks on the same day that Michelle Obama slipped up in an interview and called herself a 'single
Rising star: Many speculate that Ms Harris, the current Attorney General for California, could go on to run for governor of the state or even serve on the Supreme Court
Woman of firsts: She is the first female, African American and Asian American attorney general in the state, as well as the first Indian American attorney general in the country
Ms Harris is a Democratic favorite and a trailblazer in her home state.
Her mixed race descent - having been born of an Asian Indian mother who emigrated to the U.S. from Chennai and a Jamaican American father- made her the first female, African American and Asian American attorney general in the state.
On top of that, she is the first Indian American attorney general in the country.
Her career shows no sign of stopping, as she is regularly mentioned when pundits speculate about possible Supreme Court nominees should a new judge be appointed during President Obama's second term.
Another possible track for her is the gubernatorial one, as attorney general is a common springboard position for those hoping to climb the local ladder.
Little is known about her current romantic situation, except that she was in a serious relationship with the former mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown.
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