On the same day that his wife accidentally referred to herself as a single mother, President Obama put his foot in his mouth when he lauded one of the nation’s top lawyers for her looks instead of her skills in the courtroom.
When talking about California attorney general Kamala Harris, 48, at a Democratic National Committee luncheon on Thursday, Obama remarked: “She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough … She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general.” He added, “It’s true! C’mon.”
After the unexpected compliment left the President’s mouth, people immediately took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Many found the remark to be sexist, reports The Daily News.
“Not awkward and perfectly fine for him to say, right?” the Republican National Committee posted on its account.
Politico media reporter Dylan Byers defended the remark. “How did it become so difficult to call a woman good looking in public,” he tweeted.
New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait had this reaction: “For those who don’t see a problem here, the degree to which women are judged by their appearance remains an important hurdle to gender equality in the workforce,” Chait wrote in a post on the magazine’s website. “It’s not a compliment. And for a president who has become a cultural model for many of his supporters in so many other ways, the example he’s setting here is disgraceful.”
Earlier in the day Michelle Obama called herself a “busy single mother” in an interview. She quickly corrected herself and said, “You know, when you’ve got the husband who’s president, it can feel a little single, but he’s there.”