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President Obama Apologizes To “Best Looking Attorney General”

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  • President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for calling her the nation’s “best looking attorney general” while introducing her at an event. [Politico]
  • Also, three things Kamala Harris should be known for that don’t involve her looks. [ColorLines]
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  • The president of Uruguay was caught on a microphone calling President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina an “old hag.” [BBC]
  • Also, Obama may not support today’s decision by a federal judge to make the morning-after pill accessible to girls ages 16 and younger without a prescription. “He believes [the age restriction] was the right, common sense approach to this issue,” according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Groan: President Obama Calls California’s AG Kamala Harris “The Best Looking Attorney General”

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“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 … And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years. She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated.”

This is how President Barack Obama introduced California Attorney General Kamala Harris at a fundraiser in CA yesterday — high praise, to be sure, but the “best-looking” comment is a touch too far.

I have many feelings about this. One is that it was a stupid gaffe, but not surprising: Obama may be more of a feminist than any president in history, but he still lives in the same sexist society that the rest of us do. It’s a society where he once called a female reporter “sweetie” and where a woman’s appearance is seen as something men are entitled to comment publicly upon, even in a professional setting. Keep reading »

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