President Obama Slammed: California Attorney General Is ‘Best-Looking’

Fri, April 5, 2013 7:32am EST by 5 Comments
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The president is in some hot water for complimenting California attorney general, Kamala Harris’ good looks at a fundraiser on Apr. 4. Are the criticisms justified or just an overreaction?

President Obama, your nonchalant, joking ways have gotten you in trouble once again! At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, Calif. on Apr. 4, the president tried to warm up the room by making jokes — but one joke has many outraged.

President Obama Calls Kamala Harris The ‘Best-Looking’ Attorney General

Introducing California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, at the fundraiser, Barack first praised her skills as an attorney general, calling her “brilliant” and “tough.” But then he said, “She also happens to be the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Some cringed, some laughed, and the president added, “It’s true. Come on.”

What Barack probably saw as a complimentary joke has him in hot water, with people slamming him nationwide. Jonathan Chait, a writer for New York magazine, called the comments “disgraceful,” saying, “Women have a hard time being judged purely on their merits.”

And in the most unsurprising move ever, the Republican National Committee tweeted with snark: “Not awkward and perfectly fine for him to say, right?”

President Obama’s Comments: Offensive Or Not?

But is the outrage justified? Barack has a history of being a jokester — his speech at the 2011 Correspondents Dinner had people rolling on the floor laughing — so obviously he didn’t think he was being demeaning, and rather thought he was giving someone a compliment while slightly jabbing the rest of the attorney generals across the U.S.

As much criticism as Barack has received for his comments, he has also been defended by some. Jonathan Capehart, an opinion writer for The Washington Post, said the president wasn’t “cat-calling a woman he didn’t know… so lighten up, people.”

And Politico reporter Dylan Byers commented, “How did it become so difficult to call a woman good-looking in public?”

Reality is, whether the president’s comments were offensive or not, he might be better off being safe rather than sorry, and leaving people’s looks out of his speeches from now on.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!


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Posted at 2:05 PM on August 4, 2013  

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Posted at 8:24 PM on April 5, 2013  

that’s what i hate in this world, a simple statement or joke is made into something as if it’s the most offensive joke in the world.get a life people.

if obama joke on me “i am the most good looking woman” i will take it as a compliment.

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Posted at 8:59 AM on April 5, 2013  

Love Obama but in this case agree with his critics. Has he ever said that a male politician is the best looking? What SHOULD matter in politics are your viewpoints and how you stand for them, how you look has nothing to do with it.

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Mark Boknecht

Posted at 9:44 AM on April 5, 2013  

I didn’t vote for O, but I think the comment was accurate. The only person who might not like it is Michelle. She might cut him off. That’s kind of funny.

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Posted at 12:34 AM on April 6, 2013  

He was making a simple joke and he gave her compliments, which nothing should be wrong with, but I mean yeah I guess I can say where u r coming from but I mean don’t guys give men compliments on their suits or uniforms I see nothing wrong with giving out compliments as long as they are respectable.

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