Obama called Kamala Harris to apologize for ‘best looking attorney general’ remark

April 5, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday that President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) late Thursday to apologize for his remark that she was the "best-looking attorney general in the country."

"He apologized for it and regrets the distraction it caused," Carney said at Friday's briefing.Obama's remark, delivered at a fundraiser Thursday, has been criticized by some as sexist and demeaning toward Harris, who is considered a rising star in California politics.

“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 Thursday. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.”

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