Update on April 6th at 2:47 p.m. ET
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president called California Attorney General Kamala Harris Thursday to apologize for calling her “the best looking attorney general” at a fundraiser in California.
“He apologized for the remark,” Carney said in the briefing.
“The president did speak with Attorney General Harris last night after he came back from his trip and he called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments, and they are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities,” he said.
“He fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workforce and that they should not be judged based on appearance,” Carney added.
Original Post: President Obama assessed the beauty of California’s attorney general Kamala Harris, calling her “the best looking attorney general,” during remarks at a fundraiser in Atherton, California.
“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. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country — Kamala Harris is here.”
“It’s true! C’mon,” he said as the crowd laughed, according to a report provided by a print reporter at the home of John Goldman, an heir to the Levi-Strauss fortune.
“And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years. She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated,” Obama said at a luncheon fundraiser benefiting the DNC.
Harris has served as California’s attorney general since 2011 and is a rising star for Democrats. She is often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor.
The president came under some fire back in 2008 when he referred to a female reporter as “sweetie” and told her to hold a question for a press availability.
Here is an interview Harris did with ABC News and Yahoo! during last summer’s Democratic National Convention:
Obama’s event in California wrapped a two day, four fundraiser sweep through the Bay Area. Earlier Thursday he talked about the need for new gun control at the home of Liz Simons and Mark Heising, director of a San Francisco investment firm and a board member at the Environmental Defense Fund
Read about his comments on gun control and immigration by clicking HERE.