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Obama apologises for calling lawyer 'best-looking'

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has apologized to California's top prosecutor after describing her as "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country," his spokesman said Friday.

On a day that saw Obama's wife, Michelle, also forced to backtrack during an interview in which she termed herself a "busy, single mother," the White House said the president telephoned Kamala Harris to say sorry.

"The president did speak with Attorney General Harris last night after he came back from his trip, and he called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

"They are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general's professional accomplishments."

Obama made the remarks on Thursday during a fundraiser for his Democratic Party in the Golden State.

His slip-of-the-tongue came after he lauded Harris as brilliant, dedicated and tough as he introduced her at the event.

"She is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country," he said.

On Friday, Carney noted that Obama's "best looking" remark about Harris came after the series of comments that praised her effectiveness as a prosecutor, but critics said the president's conduct was nevertheless inappropriate.

"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," said Jonathan Chait, of New York Magazine.

The first lady, meanwhile, also ran into trouble when speaking to a CBS News affiliate in Vermont about the strains of being a working parent.

"Believe me, as a busy single mother," she said, before correcting herself.

"I shouldn't say single. As a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you've got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he's there."

readers' comments

No. Which one?
Posted by Rraymond on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 23:59 PM

you saw the video i posted about obama having same security no. with michelle's relative living in the same house!!!
Posted by siownang on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 23:36 PM

Breaking News !!! President Obama impeachment is near ! part 1

Posted by siownang on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 23:34 PM

I was goin to say the same thing
Posted by Rraymond on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 23:01 PM
Posted by siownang on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 22:54 PM
Obama is so lucky he didn't have oppies like those who whine and kpkb all day long in this forum, if not, he will be mocked and derided repeatedly just for making a joke.
Posted by Mel_Singapore on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 22:41 PM
hahahahahaaaaaa.....their marriage is on the rocks!!!
the husband is praising & eyeing other women's butt while the wife claiming she's single.....they must be sleeping in separate rooms or theirs was a faked marriage!!!
Posted by siownang on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 21:19 PM
Well, at least Obama's remark makes the President looks human.

I'd prefer women with intellect, whose conversations are (intellectually) stimulating as opposed to someone who maybe "less brainy" and who is more interested in gossips or mundane topics.

Good looks then become an added bonus. The American prosecutor is one with the brains and the beauty. And what a rare find she is.

In our local context, I think Ho Ching and the late Mrs Lee both epitomed the intelligent women genre, but alas - with due respect - both did not has the "killer" look.

Posted by renyeo on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 18:15 PM
The prosecutor looks like a half black similar to obama type, indeed very pretty from photo, with big eyes and captivating smile. Obama was forced to wayang lah, may be they had dates liao, like some names here peter or so.
Posted by last_laugh on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 18:00 PM
He apolgised over a compliment...??? Talk abt being Over-Political Correct...just Nuts..
Posted by chieftain on Mon, 8 Apr 2013 at 17:42 PM

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