US President Barack Obama has apologized to Kamala Harris, the California Attorney general, for his comment in which he described the Indian-American as the best-looking attorney general of America – which many here alleged was a sexist remark.
Obama called Harris last night to “apologize” for both his “remarks” and the “distraction” that it caused for one of the brilliant attorney generals of the country, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
He was responding to questions on the comments made by Obama on Harris at a Democratic fund raiser in California wherein he praised 48-year-old Harris.
She has been a remarkably effective leader as attorney general. She is a key player in the mortgage settlement, which will help many, many middle-class families who are struggling to deal with the mortgage situation in this country.
He believes and fully recognises that the challenges women — or he fully recognises the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance,” Carney said.
Daughter of an Indian mother Dr Shyamala Gopalan – a breast cancer specialist who emigrated from Chennai, to the United States in 1960 – and a Jamaican American father, Harris is the first female, African-American, and Asian American attorney general in California, as well as the first ethnic Indian American attorney general in the United States.
According to Politico, certainly, Obama meant no insult, but in singling out Harris for her looks, Obama joins a long list of public figures who just can’t seem to let an attractive woman’s looks go without comment.
The media is making a bigger deal out of this than it should be. Wonder what Michelle is thinking!?