(CNN) – The crowds are apparently getting better looking at President Barack Obama's California fundraisers.
Singling out the Golden State's Attorney General Kamala Harris at a Democratic National Committee event in Atherton, Obama noted, "She's brilliant and she's dedicated, she's tough… She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general."
"It's true! C'mon," he continued, according to a pool report. Harris is considered a rising star within the Democratic Party.
Obama is in the Bay Area on a fundraising swing for fellow Democrats. He attended two events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday night which raked in $3.25 million for the organization.
While no one argued with Obama about Harris' status as the "best looking attorney general" Thursday, a colleague back home might take issue: Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau is Delaware's attorney general, and his name means "beautiful" in French.
On social media, reaction was mixed - some though Obama's remarks were inappropriate, particularly for the commander-in-chief.
Yuck, @BarackObama, inappropriate, disrespectful comment on Kamala Harris' appearance. Let's stick to what's important: how she does her job— Christa Bennett (@c_v_bennett) April 05, 2013
Yuck, @BarackObama, inappropriate, disrespectful comment on Kamala Harris' appearance. Let's stick to what's important: how she does her job
I wonder how many people think what the President said about Kamala Harris was inappropriate even though it was a compliment?!?— Your Favorite (@QuietRay) April 05, 2013
I wonder how many people think what the President said about Kamala Harris was inappropriate even though it was a compliment?!?
Obama's comment re: Kamala Harris' looks distracts from her accomplishments & deepens antipathy for those who look different. Inappropriate.— Kacey O'Kelly (@KaceyOKelly) April 04, 2013
Obama's comment re: Kamala Harris' looks distracts from her accomplishments & deepens antipathy for those who look different. Inappropriate.
But others simply though Obama was offering a compliment - and the truth.
@chucktodd Kamala Harris is gorgeous! The President is her friend. Nothing was inappropriate. Why did you go there? #notnecessary— Alan Bowser (@AlanBowser) April 05, 2013
@chucktodd Kamala Harris is gorgeous! The President is her friend. Nothing was inappropriate. Why did you go there? #notnecessary
ICYMI: #Obama was right about @KamalaHarris.... wapo.st/Xgrhxy— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) April 05, 2013
ICYMI: #Obama was right about @KamalaHarris.... wapo.st/Xgrhxy
POTUS doesn't stand up for Susan Rice enough & he's horrible to women. He compliments Kamala Harris & is a misogynistic philanderer. OK #p2— April (@ReignOfApril) April 05, 2013
POTUS doesn't stand up for Susan Rice enough & he's horrible to women. He compliments Kamala Harris & is a misogynistic philanderer. OK #p2
Was Obama being inappropriate in his remark? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Uh Oh, watch out. The rightwingers will be up in arms with jealousy....as Harris IS much better looking than the blond bimbos with empty heads and baloon bras that they prop up in front of ther cameras on FuksNews
Okay republicans, let's hear it, 3 – 2 – 1 and..................
Okay republicans, let’s hear it, 3 – 2 – 1 and………………
Yep. If a Republican said that, you liberals would be screaming for a public hanging.....
Maybe he is having marital issues?
Attorney General Kamala Harris , Beauty and Brains all rolled into one
Our great president can't help but tell the truth.
Obama is starting to act like Biden what else can you say they are both jokes and have no respect for women but that's OK if your a Democrat..
Would they say the same thing about Nancy or other women that are not hot I don't think so.
This is a disgusting setback to women's equality, but you won't hear a peep about it from the women's movement. Hypocrisy at its finest. And now I'm sure I will be labeled a right-winger, because names make people feel better about their bias, but I'm far from right wing.
Strong , intelligent , she will make a great Governor of California
Wow, a good looking democrat!!!! With Hilary, Napolitono, Pelosi, And Wasserman Shultz, what a lovely breath of fresh air.What was her name again????
I support Obama and would have voted for him (If I was American) but this comment is out of line. If this had been a Republican saying this, you'd have buried him instead of just burying the article because it was Obama.
Nice looking with an uber-liberal agenda just makes her dangerous is all.
Totally in appropriate. I'm a lib, and he should know better.
Ms Harris has the total package in looks and brains to match.And look Pres.Obamas raising money for fellow democrates that must burn the republicans butt knowing how organized he is..I bet Boehners crying hard on that one isn't he also!!
Why isn't he in DC doin the job he is getting paid to do? Could care how good lookin Cali's attorney general is. Where is the leadership we are payin Obama for?? I will give that he knows how to raise money but he doesn't know how to do the job he was elected for!!
The comment is inappropriate. I'm a democrat who voted for Obama twice (four times if you count primaries).
Don't you wish your AG was HOT like me...
We all know that Obama has no class......................and spends his time doing anything but his job.
Someone's sleeping on the Presidential Couch tonight. Don't Clinton us again, Obama.
He in big trouble with the wifey.
Big deal. If he just commented on her looks, that might just be cause for controversy but he preceded that by noting that she is brilliant, dedicated and tough. I'd be willing to bet that people, including politicians, have commented on Gavin Newsom's and Scott Brown's looks so I don't really see this as a sexist issue. However PC we all want to be, good looks get noticed, and besides, the context makes a difference. I'd see it the same way if he were a Republican.
The President acknowledged her brilliance and intellect first, and then complimented her on her looks. It is never a bad thing to compliment someone and it was a public statement. I compliment women all the time publicly and privately about how nice they look. It puts a smile on their faces and it does not cost anything to do it.
Everybody does not have a dirty mind.
seriously people, GROW UPstop making life a pissing match!
Its an unnecessary comment, but I don't think its inappropriate. I think that his comment was meant to state the obvious. If he'd said that Paul Ryan was a "good-looking senator", I don't think that anyone would have blinked (I might have, since I think Ryan looks like a frog who works out).