Barack Obama apologises to "best-looking" official over sexism row

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  1. arya

    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Democrat president, who largely owes his re-election to female voters, was accused of old-fashioned sexism after he described Miss Harris as "the best-looking attorney general in the country" during a fundraiser on Thursday.
    The White House said today that Mr Obama had called Miss Harris, who is 48 and unmarried, and apologised for "the distraction created by his comments".
    "The President did speak with Attorney General Harris last night after he came back from his trip and he called her to apologise for the distraction created by his comments," said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.
    "They are old friends and good friends and he did not want in any way to diminish the Attorney General's professional accomplishments and her capabilities."

    "He fully recognises the challenges women continue to face in the work place and that they should not be judged based on appearance," Mr Carney added.
    The apology came after an uproar over the remark, which the president made while speaking at a fundraising event in San Francisco on Thursday.
    “She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated — she’s tough,” Mr Obama told his audience. “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general.”
    Amid laughter from the crowd, the President said: “It’s true! C’mon!’” A pool reporter assigned to follow Mr Obama for the day said he noted “a couple of times that she is, objectively, easy on the eyes”.
    The remark prompted accusations of disrespect and hypocrisy. “Not awkward and perfectly fine for him to say, right?”, the Republican National Committee asked sarcastically on Twitter.
    In an unfortunate turn of events, the president made his remark just as his wife, Michelle, was mistakenly describing herself as a “single mother” to a television interviewer.
    Sarah Elizabeth Cupp, a conservative author and broadcaster, described Mr Obama’s comment as “unsettling”. Irin Carmon, a prominent liberal commentator, wrote in Salon that the president “should know better”, noting that it was “hardly the first time Obama has been smarmily sexist”.
    He was reported in February to have told Nicole Malliotakis, a 32-year-old Republican New York assemblywoman, that she “didn’t look a day over 23”.
    Amid jokes from bystanders that Ms Malliotakis should defect to the Democrats, Mr Obama reportedly said: “Come on, honey! I said you’re pretty! I said you look 23!”
    In 2008, when he was campaigning for the presidency, he apologised after calling a female television reporter “sweetie”, admitting it was a “bad habit”.
    Mr Obama owes his re-election to American women, having beaten Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent last November, to the female vote by 55 per cent to 44. Mr Romney won men by 52-45.
    The president repeatedly stressed on the campaign trail that the first bill he signed in the White House was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which bans firms from paying women less than men for the same job.
    Democrats ridiculed Mr Romney for claiming in a debate that he had drawn up “binders full of women” to fill senior positions in his administration while he was governor of Massachusetts.
    Mr Romney and the Republicans were accused by senior Democrats of declaring war on women after pledging to restrict access to contraception and abortion.
    As the president complimented Ms Harris, Mrs Obama made her own awkward slip-up during a television interview about her efforts to encourage healthy eating.
    Acknowledging that it was difficult for parents to find time to prepare good food, she said: “Believe me, as a busy single mother,” before correcting herself to: “I shouldn’t say single — as a busy mother.”
    Attempting to make light of the misstatement, she added: “Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got the husband who’s president, it can feel a little single. But he’s there.


    link :: Barack Obama apologises to "best-looking" official over sexism row - Telegraph
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    I don't understand why he has to apologize.
    In any case he's wrong, Pam Bondi is the hottest Attorney General. :D
     
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    This thread is useless without pics!
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    I have to concur with Obama here.
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    Genuine compliment to a woman's appearance is now politically incorrect!

    :fp:

    In a few years probably all romantic poems and literature will be banned as politically incorrect...
     
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    arnabmit Homo Communis Indus Senior Member

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    Sirjee! Control! :lawl:

     
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    Pam is such a bumb blond! blunt and dull features.

     
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    This shows just how desperate Obama's appointment is.

    Boris Johnson the buffoon London Mayor, is a breath of fresh air
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    Racist :scared2:

    But yeah, both are good :D
    Kamala is more the milf type :eyebrows:
     
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    sir why not here we still have 55 + with lots of make showoff like 16
     
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    She herself has a mouth like a monkey's behind.
     
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    :rofl: Next time they should elect an eunuch as president if they have a problem with a man complimenting a woman on her beauty.
     
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    Kamala??
     
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    Feminism, soon making children will be incorrect, humanity is doomed!

    Speaking about feminism, I still find it very interesting that many young women actually fight against feminist activists.
     
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    Seems like other Attorney Generals are angry over why Obama called Harris as "Best Looking" and not them :pound:
    May be there can be a reality tv contest like "The hottest Attorney Generals of America" with all swimsuit catwalks etc just like in a beauty contest :pop: :drool:
     

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