Obama likes the look of California's attorney general
April 4th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama likes the look of California's attorney general

(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.

[tweet https://twitter.com/c_v_bennett/status/320028011674103808%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/QuietRay/status/320154752468021248%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/KaceyOKelly/status/319957032222474241%5D

But others simply though Obama was offering a compliment - and the truth.

[tweet https://twitter.com/AlanBowser/status/320168430303051778%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/CapehartJ/status/320182072968871936%5D

[tweet https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril/status/320131282073968641%5D

Was Obama being inappropriate in his remark? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. pjoe

    As long as it doesn't involve knee-pads and a cigar ... its ok with me. Apology accepted. Move on.

    April 5, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Maurice Alarie

    President Obama is absolutely correct, Kamala Harris is intelligent, accomplished, and is absolutely the best looking Attorney General in North America. CNN / HLN would do well to look at themselves in the same critical light as they have cast on their President – as I'm sure a huge part of their female anchor selection is based on looks – Heh! – I don't toon in to Robin Meade in the morning 100% for the substance being reported. Wake up folks, stop being so damn sensitive! God Bless President Obama for being human! If he was truly out of line I'm sure his wife will remind him of his comments for days, weeks – perhaps months. And for the record, since when do we regard attractive women as being incompetent to the point that we cannot acknowledge their atttactiveness?

    April 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Margaret Lukey

    So what ,why does America have to make a mountain out of nothing .she e pretty acknowledge it and move on..worry about thoses Koreans

    April 5, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. kathy/Minnesota

    I am a mom, grandma, and great grandma and, she is very pretty just like the President is the best looking President....."EVER"

    April 5, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. USAPeasant

    President Obama doesn't need to apologize to the public or to Harris. President Obama needs to apologize to Michelle! He's married to the best looking First Lady in our US history. What the heck is wrong with him that he is calling this other woman hot?

    April 6, 2013 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  6. Tyrone Taswell

    A compliment absolutely.

    April 6, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  7. Pepe

    There is nothing inappropriate of what BO said! But what if it's the opposite? Would it matter? Move on!

    April 6, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Martin Benjamin-Addy

    What is this world coming to now? Even harmless complements are to be apologized for? Are we becoming a society of machines? With no feeling of brotherliness? Can't we even share compliments anymore? It is a shame what this world is becoming. Where is the love?

    April 6, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
1 2 3 4 5