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.

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She isn’t?

Rusty Allen on April 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Sexist twat.

hawkeye54 on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

She no doubt is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

How can anyone google her if you don’t even mention her name in your post?

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I hate to throw shade, but that interaction just screamed “beard.” To me.
 
libfreeordie on January 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

rogerb on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Oh, the hypocrisy…remember when someone was racist for saying the President was “well spoken”? So, I guess the President is a chauvinist pig.

allstonian on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

He’s had plenty of opportunities to say this about a white woman. Does he think only black women are beautiful?

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Kind of creepy if you ask me.

changer1701 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

She no doubt is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking.

She’s a cinch to run for president in 2020 then?

hawkeye54 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Poor liberal. Go back under your rock partisan.

I wonder will you go to the ABC.COM site and whine…???

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

At least it’s not another gay marriage thread.

bw222 on April 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

He knows she is a woman, right? Reggie Love hardest hit.

iwasbornwithit on April 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Ask Brent Musberger.

peski on April 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Musburger, that is.

peski on April 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

And whenever I hear anything about Kamala Harris I immediately think of the WWF’s Kamala The Ugandan Giant.

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

How can anyone google her if you don’t even mention her name in your post?

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

How did you get through high screwel if you cannot figure it out on your own?/

Click on the “Oh dear” for your eye candy.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

She isn’t?

Rusty Allen on April 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Pam Bondi blows her out of the water. So does Kathleen Kane.

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Google “Florida Attorney General”

warden on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

He’s had plenty of opportunities to say this about a white woman. Does he think only black women are beautiful?

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

wth are you babbling about? his mother was white, so I doubt it.

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

How did you get through high screwel if you cannot figure it out on your own?/

Click on the “Oh dear” for your eye candy.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, I knew who it was, just wanted to bust AP’s chops for not mentioning her by name anywhere in his post. LOL

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Google “Florida Attorney General”

warden on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I would love to Google her.

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Pam Bondi ….*tschaa*…

ted c on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

dang…..

is she related to that chick Marcia…martina….Monica…. er.. whoever the hell was that Scott Brown beat for Ted Kennedy’s ol’ seat???

ted c on April 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Very confusing woman. I think there was a Seinfeld episode about her. I Google imagesed her and said alternately “would hit, would not hit.”

She may be hottest attorney General but it’s like tallest midget (sorry, “undertall person”).

traye on April 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

so hot that Allah forgot her name…..so whaddya gonna call her AP?? “California’s hot AG?”///

ted c on April 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Yet you’re still here-

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

WOW You must be so disappointed in all of the media….I bet you’re on all the sites whining.

You’re a Grade A joke.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Harris something….

Amy?
Angela?
Angelique?
Bambi?
Barbie?
Barbara?
stop me when I get close…..

ted c on April 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Pretty on the outside, hard-core, soft on criminals, viciously anti-business, union-loving, angry Nanny government lib nutter on the inside from head to toe.

don’t be fooled for an instant.

Sacramento on April 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

She slept her way to the top. Worse, she had a horrible record as the SF DA for not turning over exculpatory evidence to the defense. I can’t believe she ever got elected to anything.

Blake on April 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

OMG – “she” is a total trannie.

Pork-Chop on April 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/2277619846001/concord-mass-bans-sale-single-serve-plastic-water-bottles

Is the Cali gal going to propose something like this town in the Bay State?

Come on Cali, you’re not going to let some piddly little town out green are you? Couldn’t you go one step further and just ban all items made with plastic as being a threat to the environment?

PappyD61 on April 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Do you ever stop whining?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Big Bird.
Women in Binders.
War on Tampons.
War on Women.
Free Birth Control.
Haircuts in High School.
Seamus the Dog.

Just to name a few. You were saying?

kim roy on April 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

You sound like a watered down version of libfreeoedie.

You’re not nonpartisan. That’s for sure.

hawkdriver on April 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

It’s one thing to complement on one’s professional achievements
It’s another to come off creepy as eye candy through a glass booth.

Kini on April 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Relax, sweetie, we can’t talk about the rising number of food stamp recipients and welfare cases, or about how Bark lied about the Newtown shooter on every thread, sometimes we need something a bit more lighthearted.

Don’t worry, maybe later we can talk about cancer clinics turning away Medicare patients.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Allah, stop pointing out what a misogynist pig my prezzy is *sigh*

inthemiddle on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

FIFY..you whiny tw*t.

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Do you ever stop whining?

Chuck Schick on April 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

HotGas sucks but the troll keeps coming back…hmmmm.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

She slept her way to the top. Worse, she had a horrible record as the SF DA for not turning over exculpatory evidence to the defense. I can’t believe she ever got elected to anything.

Blake on April 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

lol, What the? She was the defense.

arnold ziffel on April 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Oh go watch some butt porn.. Didn’t you say that was what you were into these days…

melle1228 on April 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Pretty on the outside, hard-core, soft on criminals, viciously anti-business, union-loving, angry Nanny government lib nutter on the inside from head to toe.

Sacramento on April 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Sooo…like Janet Napolitano?

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

sometimes we need something a bit more lighthearted.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Seems HuffPo, WaPo, DailyBeast etc etc are all on board.

CW on April 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

obama has been spending too much time with Uncle Creepy Joe.

kim roy on April 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

thank you, that needed to be said. XD

Sachiko on April 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Relax, sweetie, we can’t talk about the rising number of food stamp recipients and welfare cases, or about how Bark lied about the Newtown shooter on every thread, sometimes we need something a bit more lighthearted.

Don’t worry, maybe later we can talk about cancer clinics turning away Medicare patients.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Or we could talking about the looming physician shortage and upcoming wait lists on ObamaCare. Anyone up for dying while on a wait list?

Haven’t talked about the Gosnell House ‘O’ Horrors for a day or two either.

But I do agree that Obama hypocrisies are becoming rather routine.

kim roy on April 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I do wonder,if Hopey ever said “Sweetie” to her!

The InFamous…..”Sweetie:!!

Obama – Sweetie Comment May 15
******************************

Uploaded on May 15, 2008

Obama calls reporter sweetie and then aplogizes later.
Barack Obama sweetie comment comments May 15.
=============================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYkPpThfp7k&feature=related

canopfor on January 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

canopfor on April 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Err the Mooch isn’t gonna like that….Kamilla better start checking out condos in Martinique.

HumpBot Salvation on April 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

nonpartisan:Ummmm,its news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And,should I have sent it in to The Daily KOS Tips!
===================================================

Obama calls Kamala Harris ‘the best looking attorney general’ at a fundraiser in Atherton, Calif. – @washingtonpost

3 hours ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on April 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

When did it become sexist to compliment a woman’s looks? Oh how far we’ve come…

Shump on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

lol, What the? She was the defense.

arnold ziffel on April 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Kamala Harris was the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.

Blake on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Daniel Foster @DanFosterNRO

How many women has Joe Biden made uncomfortable in the time it has taken me to write this?

My first impression was that Biden was rubbing off on Obama. So I’m not the only one thinking this. Anywhere else, Biden would be an embarrassment. But as Obama’s handpicked VP, in the White House, he’s just Joe being Joe. Good old Joe. Good old, big mouthed, lascivious, “this is a big f***ing deal”, s***-eating grin, “It’s the truth. I’m serious. I’m not joking” Joe.

Paul-Cincy on April 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

This AG is the best looking in Obama’s binder full of women.

Wigglesworth on April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

When did it become sexist to compliment a woman’s looks? Oh how far we’ve come…

Shump on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

When we’re told that the person who did the complimenting and refers to women as “sweetie” is supposedly a better candidate for POTUS because his opponent mangled a phrase about binders and women.

Bishop on April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

CPAC 2013:

“I actually ran into Joe Biden earlier today,” Jindal set up. “I’m not sure he recognized me though. He asked me to go get him a Slurpee.”

Paul-Cincy on April 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Freud smiles wildly.

Schadenfreude on April 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

stop me when I get close…..

ted c on April 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

ted c:Lol! :)

canopfor on April 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM

She’s not all that.

Curtiss on April 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Anyone named after the Ugandan Giant cannot be hot.

budfox on April 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Ya know,I do remember that incident of GaffeBiden on that cosy,
Lap-Sitting of that Biker Broad,that was in a compromising position,and the Leftys,including the MSM,just loved it!!

canopfor on April 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Pam Bondi for the win. Better looking and smarter too.

Zaggs on April 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Meh. Non-issue.

It’s kind of like the jokes in 2008 that the arctic ice cap was melting not because of glabal warming, but because Alaska’s Gov. Palin was so hot.

malclave on April 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

For those who don’t see the problem here, the degree to which women are judged by their appearance remains an important hurdle to gender equality in the workforce. Women have a hard time being judged purely on their merits. Discussing their appearance in the context of evaluating their job performance makes it worse.

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.

-Jonathan Chait NYMAG-

Heh. The journalism..

CW on April 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Next up on “Hot or Not: Attorney General Edition”? Eric Holder. Easy thumbs down because of the ‘stache, right?
================================================

Holder would look at home,……….at Studio 54!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

When did it become sexist to compliment a woman’s looks? Oh how far we’ve come…

Shump on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Interpersonal relations are key in business, and what man isn’t touched by a woman’s beauty? It’s part of the mix. You can pretend it’s not, but that doesn’t make it so.

Paul-Cincy on April 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Well, MO did refer to herself as a hard working single mother…?

d1carter on April 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

She refused to defend Prop 8 in Court. Steve Cooley, the republican DA of LA County who barely lost to her in the race for Attorney General, said that he would defend Prop 8 in court “because the proper role of an attorney general is to enforce and defend the will of the people as manifested through the initiative or legislative process.”

rrpjr on April 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Only conservatives can be “sexist”. Democrats do it with style. Just ask Chris Dodd about his famous “waitress sandwich” with Splash Kennedy.

GarandFan on April 4, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Whether complimenting a woman on her appearance is sexist/inappropriate or not depends on the context.

Example of appropriate time/place/manner for compliment: when the compliment-giver is joining or happening to meet a female colleague at a social event where everyone is dressed to impress (the opera, the ballet, etc.) and the compliment is delivered directly to the person politely and lightly–almost perfunctorily (That’s what makes it okay; the more sincere or gushing it is, the creepier it is–again, I’m talking between colleagues–unless she is a close friend.)(Okay: “You look lovely this evening.”)

Example of inappropriate time/place/manner for compliment: when the compliment-giver is a married man publicly remarking on the career of the woman he is complimenting–and it’s made even worse when his compliment disparages other women’s appearances (Not okay: “She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general.”)

There’s just something so wrong to me about a married man publicly commenting on the beauty of a woman he is not married to. Sure, men everywhere might be thinking it, but for goodness’ sake respect your wife by keeping it to yourself. And if you are the president–respect the dignity of the office by refraining from ogling the womenfolk and expounding on your conclusions. Please.

butterflies and puppies on April 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

wth are you babbling about? his mother was white, so I doubt it.

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

So, lil barry had the hots for his mommy?

That certainly explains a lot.

(And yes…your obamassiah is a racist.)

Solaratov on April 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Kamala Harris was the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.

Blake on April 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

No kidding Blake. That’s why I said she was the “defense.” IE–always looking for ways to not prosecute.

arnold ziffel on April 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

She looks like she might be a little too lanky for my tastes, but she’s OK.

ddrintn on April 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

She looks like she might be a little too lanky for my tastes, but she’s OK.

ddrintn on April 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Oh she’s a sweetie–if you like ball bustin communists.

arnold ziffel on April 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Oh she’s a sweetie–if you like ball bustin communists.

arnold ziffel on April 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Oooooh. Come and keep your comrade warm. LOL

ddrintn on April 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Mounting evidence that Michelle is indeed a single mom…

Know It All on April 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

He’s had plenty of opportunities to say this about a white woman. Does he think only black women are beautiful?

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

He does think Debbie Washedup Shultz is cute.

docflash on April 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Pam Bondi for the win. Better looking and smarter too.

Zaggs on April 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Tiger Woods would probably agree.

mike_NC9 on April 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

*sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

…you just beatoff again…didn’t you?

KOOLAID2 on April 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM

He’s had plenty of opportunities to say this about a white woman. Does he think only black women are beautiful?

Mark1971 on April 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

He does think Debbie Washedup Shultz is cute.

docflash on April 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

…and then there’s Vera Baker.

slickwillie2001 on April 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexist!!!!!!!

pilamaye on April 5, 2013 at 5:45 AM

Yawn.

celticdefender on April 5, 2013 at 6:43 AM

He was thinking about his trip to MA to stump for Martha Coakley for the Senate. So I see his point, this lady is very pretty. I hope she is brilliant and she wants to put a lot of people in jail.

Fleuries on April 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

hotair ‘journalism’ at its finest *sigh*

nonpartisan on April 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

How poignant…maybe it’s time to apply the greasepaint to hide those tears, clown.

zoyclem on April 5, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I don’t think Obama is all that familiar with women, so his judgement is suspect. And besides, beauty comes from within not from without.

zoyclem on April 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM

She’s definitely one of the most corrupt AGs in the country. Whatever floats his boat, I guess.

steebo77 on April 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Pam Bondi blows her out of the water. So does Kathleen Kane.

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

But Pam Bondi can’t be beautiful in Obama’s eyes, because she’s a Republican.

Steve Z on April 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Pam Bondi blows her out of the water. So does Kathleen Kane.

ButterflyDragon on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

But Pam Bondi can’t be beautiful in Obama’s eyes, because she’s a Republican.

Steve Z on April 5, 2013 at 10:25 AM

All white women look the same to the REB.

slickwillie2001 on April 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

i’d give Obama a pass on this one. She is hot looking and he was thinking with his “dick” as all real men do.

gerry-former mittbot(he lost)-but thinks he’s a real man

gerrym51 on April 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

From The Obama Timeline:

Although Harris is not unattractive, Obama more likely finds her appealing because she is a “fellow traveler.” She has also been called “the darling of the Obama activist base of the party.” In the 2010 Democrat primary Harris defeated Rocky Delgadillo, whose campaign manager was Kam Kuwata. Kuwata, who died unexpectedly at an early age and conveniently without an autopsy, witnessed a drug-influenced Obama backstage at the 2008 Democrat National Convention in Denver—and made the mistake of telling others what he saw. …Harris is the sister-in-law of Tony West — who Obama appointed as Assistant Attorney General, in charge of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. West, a major fundraiser for Obama in California, was a member of the “GITMO 9”—a group of attorneys who represented terrorists held at the detainee center at Guantanamo. West also represented John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban” captured in Afghanistan in 2001, and helped him avoid a death sentence.

Harris and West certainly had the ability to call off an investigation into Kuwata’s death. West has been the lead attorney in the Obama administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s legislation against illegal immigrants, and Harris has been mentioned as a possible Obama nominee for the Supreme Court.

Colony14 on April 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Dude looks like a lady

Shambhala on April 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

He should have had to call and apologize to the other 49.

Sebastian on April 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

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