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president forced to respond to something else. Something he said about the woman who hothe postal of attorney general in california. It was the way he described her that got the president into hot water and so let's bring in abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. Reporter: Good evening, david. The president's comments were meant as a compliment, saying that she was good looking, but they triggered quite a backlash and he was forced to do something presidents rarely do. Say "i'm sorry." She's one of the democratic party's fastest rising stars. California state attorney general kamala harris. Reporter: Even mentio possible presidential candidate. She's also a long time friend and supporter of the president. But when mr. Obama gave harris a shoutout during a closed door fund-raiser yesterday, his language struck some as inappropriate. She is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, he said. But then he added, she also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general in the country. Today, the white house said the president apologized to harris. He fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workplace and they should not be based upon appearance. Reporter: As for harris, she said she had a great conversation with the president and still strongly supports him.
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