Obama: Let’s face it, California has the best-looking attorney general

posted at 7:21 pm on April 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Oh dear. Reminds me of the time Harry Reid called Kirsten Gillibrand “the hottest member” of the Senate at a fundraiser attended by, among others, the mayor of New York — with Gillibrand sitting right there. Is truth an absolute defense to gratuitous comments aimed at a woman colleague’s appearance? If so, he and Obama are probably both off the hook.

At the very least, this’ll make for a nifty blue-on-blue food fight between hardcore O-bots and progressives who take their feminism a bit more seriously. Next up on “Hot or Not: Attorney General Edition”? Eric Holder. Easy thumbs down because of the ‘stache, right?

“She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated,” Obama said at a luncheon fundraiser benefitting the DNC, according to the pool report. “She’s tough… She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general.”

“It’s true! C’mon,” he said as the crowd laughed, according to a report provided by a print reporter at the home of John Goldman, an heir to the Levi-Strauss fortune.

Harris has served as California’s attorney general since 2011 and is a rising star for Democrats. She is often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor.

Maybe this explains why O’s White House is so “hostile” to women. It’s easier to get away with hot-or-not chitchat when they’re not around. Seriously, though, there’s research out there that claims even mildly sexist talk aimed at a female politician can do disproportionate damage to her public image. Obama’s comment is so mild and so tempered by praise for her intelligence that it might not even count — the audience laughed, didn’t they? — but now that the most famous man in the world has made an issue of how she looks, so will everyone else who stumbles across this story. She’ll be objectified by millions of people in the next day or two as they find out what he said and then Google her to render their own hot-or-not verdict. Who knows if that’ll hurt her politically or no? Kind of amazing that he was willing to chance it given the static he’s taken in the past for this sort of thing.

Exit quotation via Dan Foster:


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Why does everyone get in an uproar if men act like men and give women compliments, just not in a rosy sensitive way.

tommer74 on April 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Kamala Harris probably is the best looking Attorney General California has had since Jerry Brown. Obama was merely struggling to find more substantive qualifications for her, so it’s an understandable comment.

We should go easy on Democrats. They seem to have attracted visually shocking figures such as Barney “the Blob” Frank, Henry “Nostrils” Waxman, John “Mr Ed” Kerry, Snake-eyes Carville, Her Thighness Hillary, “Stretch” Pelosi, Debbie Was-a-man Schultz and, who can forget, the harrowing visage of Rachel Maddow (I know I can’t).

We can take the stupidity, the incompetence, the deceit, the low-rent attitudes but Democrats, please address the aesthetics (it’s OK to leave the feminists for phase two, we don’t expect miracles) -

Is personal ugliness is a primary qualification for liberal party favor?

virgo on April 6, 2013 at 2:33 AM

B.O. is a lecher. What’s he going to say next “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the hottest chick on the Supreme Court, and I like her boobies”?

JackM on April 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Michelle wanted to give B.O. a bunch of crap for that comment, but she knows he’ll just smack her, and tell her to STFU.

JackM on April 8, 2013 at 8:52 AM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013

Go to the Daily Kook, they’re really smart over there.

JackM on April 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Comment pages: 1 2