Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5, 2012.

“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.”
— President Barack Obama speaking about California Attorney General Kamala Harris at a DNC lunch fundraiser in Atherton, California, according to the Dallas Morning News' Todd Gillman.
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FernG
FernG

He needs to spend more of his free time with his wife as opposed to hanging out for hours on end on the golf course with the guys. These odd moves that see him hanging out on the weekends with his staffers and not with his wife fuels the rumors and must embarrass his wife greatly.  It's not right. 

AdreinneScott
AdreinneScott

She is black and asian and 43. I have a grandfather who thinks all women who are black or asian are ugly and told me when i was 18teen that once i hit 36 years old it is all down hill. that is sexist and racist. Obama is so far away in thinking from my gross sexist racist Waco Texas grandfather. Give me a break.

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

If he'd singled her out as the ugliest attorney general, by far, I think we'd be way more unified in condemning him.  Why is saying she's the "best looking" any less offensive?  What about the other attorneys general?  Can you imagine him introducing Hillary by saying, "Well, she's not exactly an ugly dog, but you'd need a few beers before you'd want to tap that"?

Bottom line: he could've sung her praises well enough without resorting to physical appearance.  It was simply not necessary.

chickenlips2007
chickenlips2007

I am not a supporter of The President but I know for sure that Michelle and Barack are solid in their relationship and that is why he said what he did. When two people love each other transparently, their relationship is secure enough to feel comfortable in complimenting others.

PepePinguita
PepePinguita

We've become such a politically correct-crazed society that a man can't even give praise to a woman without it turning into a media frenzy and generating hate mail from and to every direction! I'm convinced we've just become a divided nation, hopeless in ever reconciling differences in even the smallest things. It may not be a North-South debate in the next one we have, but it's brewing and coming.

JimmyMishoe
JimmyMishoe

one obama has is good taste of women

Cyka
Cyka

President Obama knows better. Shame on him for being so flippant and for this embarrassing display of superficiality.

db4490
db4490

Hey, for once Obama is right.  Mark this down for the history books.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

President Obama opens mouth.  Conservative media is outraged.

Arimathean
Arimathean

Come on, B.O., that's the kind of chauvanistic remark we demonize everytime a Republican makes one.  They don't come from Dems like you as often, but that doesn't make them any better.  You can joke about this kind of thing at home, if you must, but there's no place for it in the professional world, and especially not in the professional POLITICAL world.


Maybe Michelle is annoyed, maybe she isn't.  That isn't mine to say.  Regardless, this isn't OK.

VictorMHernandez
VictorMHernandez

Be sensitive particularly of your wife's. You just don't blurt out those unnecessary introductory statements about another woman  in front of your wife.

Noelle
Noelle

No wonder Michelle Obama declared herself a single mother  during an interview. She IS a single mother.

She's practically been raising her daughters all alone while her husband has been too "busy" in forever prioritizing himself and his ambitions and trying to impress everyone else by trying to be all things to all people except of course taking care of his own wife. It must have stung her. Here she is putting her professional life on hold for this man and he's out there shamelessly flirting and singing the praises of other women no better educated or qualified than she.

Obama is forever kissing up to everyone while his brilliant and capable wife who's put her life and career on hold for him, looks sad and neglected like she's a widow. It's hard for anyone these days to believe that Michelle is married to Mr Sensitive and caring.

He no longer walks side by side with her, instead she's now to be found walking behind him, if she's even present. He's been taking a whole lot of solo trips and making a whole lot of solo appearances since his 2nd term began. 

Perhaps Obama should first practice all that caring, sensitivity and generosity on and with his wife before taking it on the road. She looks starved for affection and caring from her husband.

Charity begins at home Mr. President.  If you fail at your duties as husband, we simply have no use for you and your hypocrisy.

Sahar
Sahar

I think Obama should stop doing these terribly cheesy, smarmy and easily misrepresented off the cuff moments. He only succeeds in coming off as shallow, dumb and undignified and ends up making everyone else very, very uncomfortable and distracts from whatever good he's done. See how this probably meaningless Kamala Harris remark has overshadowed all else today.

Someone should tell Obama that it's ok to just make straight speeches without these phony attempts at being lighthearted and "friendly".  He is the president of the United States not a contestant on some silly popularity contest show. He's trying way too hard for the congeniality award and it's beginning to come across as phony and desperate.

It's also ok to return to just shaking hands instead of all the grabbing and hugging everybody he meets, something he seems to have recently incorporated into his act. His wife Michelle started the hug thing (which I think is a more genuine gesture with her)  and Obama has since jumped on the bandwagon and taken it beyond the ridiculous. Obama probably heard just how well people responded to his wife's hugs and didn't want to be outdone.




KevinMacomber
KevinMacomber

I'm sure his bigfoot isn't happy over that comment.

sambragg.38
sambragg.38

Barack Obama is a disgrace and an embarrassment not only to the office he holds, but as a husband. How does Michelle Obama put up with this constant humiliation from her husband?

He shamelessly flirts with every woman he encounters and has very publicly courted the unseemly attentions of silly hollywood starlets who cover up their dalliances with Obama behind faux political activism.  Many of these women now outrightly disregard and disrespect Michelle Obama simply because her husband has continued to dishonor his marriage and his wife with his shenanigans. 

Barack Obama goes out of his way to publicly seek out validation and craves the attention of other people especially women and this is not only disrespectful to his wife, it degrades him in every way.

No sane, self-respecting wife should ever have to put up with this sort of public humiliation. Surely Michelle Obama has not given up her own professional ambitions, sacrificed her own dreams and expensive ivy-league education to be subjected not only to the constant attacks, hate and insults from her husband's political opponents but also to have to contend with the perpetual humiliation and narcissistic behavior of a very superficial and immature husband for whom she has sacrificed too much.

Shame on Barack Obama.

PepePinguita
PepePinguita

@JimmyMishoe  Jimmy; it's good taste IN women, not "of" women...good taste of women would mean he just finished licking a few.

sambragg.38
sambragg.38

@CerebralSmartie ,

Oh please! The man deserves to be pounced on. What a self-serving, manipulative, narcissistic jerk he is. Karma will catch up with Barack Obama in time for the pain and humiliation he has caused Michelle Robinson.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic 

While I don't think his comment was appropriate, the conservative outrage, as usual, is over the top.

JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@Noelle ,

IMHO the biggest problem has to be with Obama surrounding himself with far too many young, unmarried people which has him acting and thinking like a young bachelor himself. His staff are mostly young and single and the Punahou high school pals that he hangs out with during his Hawaii vacations are all unmarried. That's never a good idea for a married man particularly one going through a mid-life crisis, or healthy for any marriage.

Additionally, Obama  might want to rethink his insistence on attending and being at certain functions as opposed to having the First Lady represent him at these events. This is the first president who personally hosts functions traditionally handled by the First Lady. It's bizarre having Obama speak while Michelle stands to the side smiling at the White House reception celebrating National Women's History month. That used to be the First Lady's thing and I think Michelle spoke in other years, but not at this year's. He diminishes his wife greatly by not putting her forward as more competent and his equal partner and as good as having him. I think that is a great shame because she is just as terrific a speaker and very effectively campaigned for him.

FernG
FernG

KevinMacomber is an idiot.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@KevinMacomber 

Thanks for outlining why yours is the party of sexism and this is a non-issue.  You guys do such great work for us, you know that?

retiredvet
retiredvet

And no one should presume to know what Michelle thinks. It appears to me that she has a great sense of humor.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Come on. Lighten up. He's right. She's a knockout.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sambragg.38 

At least his policies aren't an insult to women...so there is that.

Oh, and I'm pretty sure Michelle thinks differently than you do. 

AndrewNesbitt
AndrewNesbitt

@Tero @DonQuixotic Conservative outrage??? All of the outrage is coming from liberals who feel he's objectifying women! Get your head straight. My god, to liberals take accountability for ANYTHING they do??

drenee
drenee

If she looks good...she just looks good.  Nothing wrong with him thinking the woman is fine.  Everything the man says is scrutinized.  He could say that the sky is blue and someone would think that he is wrong for making that statement instead of saying something regarding foreign policy.  Good for you Obama...with your fine self!

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

... Or is he playing on the notion that the other A-Gs are characteristically old, grey and un-photogenic (probably true; don't care if proven wrong). I think the guy is just evoking his right to a sense of humour, and in a world where he can't open his mouth to utter three syllables without the shrill din of outraged doom-casters, this backlash of a vocal minority cannot be unexpected. It's great popcorn material actually.

Sahar
Sahar

@retiredvet 

Not really. When she was younger and was being kept by Willie Brown maybe, but Kamala isn't aging well to be honest. She's just 48 but her neck looks like that of a 70 year old woman. And she's gained quite a bit of weight.

That was mostly a gratuitous remark from Obama who is notorious for being disingenuous especially when he's trying to win you over to his side. This attempt to flatter Kamala Harris by lavishing her with praise may be Obama's way of repairing their strained friendship. She was said to have wanted to be appointed attorney general in return for working on his 2008 campaign and he didn't think she was qualified and passed on her. She was less active in 2012 and mostly worked for the DNC and not directly for the Obama campaign as she'd done in '08.

It's tough for Obama to extricate himself from these dubious entanglements he entered into when he first began to run for political office. Many of the women who went all out for him did so because they were mostly crushing on him and in some instances, he played right along just to get their support.

It's tricky to keep up these relationships except he resorts to these occasional  awkward shout-outs without which he risks  annoying these women who feel used. But he ends up raising eyebrows and incurring the wrath of his long-suffering wife Michelle. 

The price to pay to garner support for a political run is too steep which is why most decent people pass.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@retiredvet 

No doubt but...

In a professional setting this is an awkward compliment but meant with humor.


outsider
outsider

For all we know (from this), Michelle agreed with him.

This is yet another false contoversy in order to attack the black man in the white house.

@TyPollard @sambragg.38

AndrewNesbitt
AndrewNesbitt

@TyPollard @AndrewNesbitt @sambragg.38 @CerebralSmartie No, I'm not. Read what I actually wrote before replying--I wasn't talking about your comment. I was talking about sambragg's comment, which is why I quoted ""The constant attacks and ridicule that has come with her role as the first black First Lady..." In other words, he/she brought it up, NOT me.

AndrewNesbitt
AndrewNesbitt

@sambragg.38 @TyPollard @CerebralSmartieHuh? Last I checked her approval rating was WAAYYY higher than Obama's. You keep making these outrageous generalizations and allegations of sexism and racism.--"The constant attacks and ridicule that has come with her role as the first black First Lady..." What the hell are you talking about? Personally I respect Michelle WAY more than I respect the President, and it has nothing to do with race. I agree that the President is arrogant and his views are out of whack, and I think her efforts with things like childhood obesity are genuine. But as far as Michelle being "constantly attacked," what? Aside from dumbasses on Twitter and YouTube who are racist and make up .001% of the population (and don't represent everybody, as you seem to think), this is all in your head.

sambragg.38
sambragg.38

@TyPollard @sambragg.38 @CerebralSmartie

Like you really care about the black First Lady who's had to endure the most hateful and dehumanizing attacks from the very minute she stepped out with her husband. 

Most of you self-righteous white liberals will go to bat for Obama but Michelle not so much. With her ivy league education and all her impressive hard work and sacrifice as a wife, mother and First Lady,  she still hasn't  received the support and protection afforded Hillary clinton by white liberals and white feminists.

Mrs Obama as First lady has had to live through years of denigration and derision without the commensurate outcry, support or rallying from white liberals and feminists alike that she most certainly would have enjoyed if she were white.

Her husband the president has also been culpable, completely failing her too in that regard. He's been too busy protecting and selfishly looking out for himself, he's neglected to provide his wife the necessary structure, protection and buffer to guard against or take the worst hit off the constant attacks and ridicule that has come with her role as the first black First Lady from those on both sides of the aisle uncomfortable with the idea and the woman.

The woman is a living, breathing, bleeding human being and at some point even the strongest human being can only take so much abuse.

Obama needs to get off Air Force One for a few days, stay off the golf course and basket ball court, lose the young single staffers and spend some quality time prioritizing the woman who has given up so much for him.




TyPollard
TyPollard

@AndrewNesbitt @Tero @DonQuixotic 

this trivial comment is not worth outrage by anyone. As a liberal I think it was a mistake to say  but in perspective this is worth a shake of the head and that is all. Context matters.


JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@TyPollard @JudyBerman @Sahar @retiredvet ,

The problem with this butt out of their marriage argument is that it was Obama who invited us all to judge him in his role as a husband and father. He touted his adoring husband role endlessly and made that part of his campaign for support and reason for the electorate to respect and trust him. Even some republicans who despise him found themselves begrudgingly admitting that he was a good husband and father.

It's rather late now to ask us all to butt out.

JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@Sahar @retiredvet ,

I don't know who the lady in question is, but I have to agree with you about the perils of seeking out and retaining certain connections in politics. I can imagine that it does come with some unsavory interactions and relationships that are hard to shed subsequently.

But Obama has to shed them for the sake of his wife and his marriage. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@retiredvet @TyPollard

I don't doubt that she took it in the way it was intended but for women in the work place, being judged on appearance can him a nerve.

Bottom line, this is not a big deal because his policies reflect respect for women, but it leaves an opening for concern trolls that would rather have women barefoot and preggers in the first place.

outsider
outsider

@sambragg.38 @outsider2011 @TyPollard @Cyka @JudyBerman  

As i've said - i don't condone what he did; i just don't think the generalizations help do anything but inclame the discussion - which, i'll say honestly also, isn't worth the amount of discussion going on about it anyway. 

sambragg.38
sambragg.38

@outsider2011 @TyPollard @Cyka @JudyBerman @sambragg.38 

Very different scenario. Observing and admiring actors from a distance is infinitely different from lavishing praise on and publicly cooing about the physical beauty of a "friend" who is in the audience at a political/professional fundraising event attended by donors and strangers alike many of whom Obama probably never met before.

It takes on an even more uncomfortable meaning and turn for most people particularly his wife, because Obama is quite the mechanical fella.  

outsider
outsider

@TyPollard @Cyka @outsider2011 @JudyBerman @sambragg.38 


My wife and i people watch all the time; but it hasn't diminished our feelings. It's like entertainment (which is why i drew the line between actually cheating and looking). 

I think it happens a lot; but that is strictly my opinion. I don't think that looking at another woman is disrespectful to my wife, any more than her telling me that Gerard Butler is hot is disrespectful to me. 

The setting was just wrong; it wasn't a private, shared comment. And he isn't just some guy on the street. 

Unforced error was very apt. 

outsider
outsider

@JudyBerman @outsider2011 @TyPollard @sambragg.38 


I agree about being disappointed. Totally. 

I just don't agree that the level of outrage that this dumb comment (and it was - i don't condone it at all) is generating is out of proportion. 

But i did think that the original comment that i replied to was far too generalized; i didn't like the implication that all women would all react the same way, all the time. 



JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@outsider2011 @JudyBerman @TyPollard @sambragg.38 ,

Obama and Michelle were very clear throughout the campaign: A man who can't run his household should not be allowed to run a country. It's on Youtube - check it out.

Having said that, I voted for Obama but have to confess that I'm not thrilled with some of the new habits he's formed in his 2nd term. His solo jaunts without his wife during the long Valentines day weekend for one and the fact that he seems to include his wife much less than he previously did. His new found appetite for fawning audiences - something he never really fed into unlike Clinton who lived for that stuff.

I adore Michelle Obama. She remains for me the most genuine and compelling thing about Obama these days.

outsider
outsider

@Cyka @JudyBerman @TyPollard @outsider2011 @sambragg.38 


Please enlighten me. 


How do you arrive at the conclusion that Ty has issues with Obama being with Michelle? That doesn't even make sense, since you attacked Ty for pointing out your being hypocritical in not condemning the person who commented on Michelle's appearance.

I'm also wondering why you think Ty has a man cruse - given that he stated categorically that Obama was wrong. 

I think it's pretty amusing though; right after advising you that it's unwise to make assumptions things about people, you then proceed to state that you  think he probably wants Obama's marriage to crumble. 

And finally, what is the basis for saying that Ty is twisted, sick and a cruel sociopath? 


All that because he doesn't agree with you?


It's pretty weak when you have to resort to name calling instead of addressing what he said. 

outsider
outsider

@JudyBerman @TyPollard @outsider2011 @sambragg.38 


I think you should re-read Ty's post. 


A) he did not root for Obama's marriage to fall apart - he said it was none of your business if it did. 


B) your prejudice towards Obama is writ large with your statement that "Obama will be destoryed by a legion of people the world over that were duped by his phony great family man image"


C) You seem particularly offended that his marriage is happy (again, quote, "you seem to have no idea just how much the stable, loving marriage image he kept pushing"). Are you implying that because he commented (crassly) that another woman was good looking, that he is suddenly not a good family man? That he does't love his wife? Or his kids? Or that he has somehow disrespected his wife?


In your comment to me, you said it wasn't about insecurity, it was about respect. But how is it disrespect to acknowledge that another woman is good looking? Again - i' said in my post that it was inappropriate - but it that was because it was a professional setting, and he should be professional - but i do not see that it's a slight against Michelle. 

And assuming a slight, where there is none, IS insecure. 


You seem to be projecting; and if not, then you're much more concerned about someone else's marriage than you ought to be. 


If you don't like the way he's running the country, then great - that's a valid point of view - but if you try and tie his marriage to his ability to run the country, then you're reaching. 

Cyka
Cyka

@JudyBerman @TyPollard @outsider2011 @sambragg.38 ,

Ignore Ty Pollard. It's obvious he has issues with Obama being with Michelle. You're right, Ty Pollard probably has a man crush on Obama and might be rooting for their marriage to crumble. 

Ty Pollard is a very twisted, sick, cruel sociopath.

JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@TyPollard @JudyBerman @outsider2011 @sambragg.38 ,

If his marriage crumbles, so what? Are you kidding me?! Really!

Do you have a gay crush on Obama? Is that why you are rooting for his marriage to fail and being so nonchalant and dismissive of his wife Michelle? Wow!

For your information, if his marriage crumbles Obama will be destroyed by a legion of people the world over that were duped by his phony great family man image. 

You seem to have no idea just how much the stable, loving marriage image he kept pushing positively impacted people's views and support of him. He will go down as quickly as he rose. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@JudyBerman @outsider2011 @sambragg.38 

You are free to react in any way you want to your husband but this is not about your marriage. Your opinion about Obama's marriage is petty gossip and irrelevant. It reflects on your insecurities more that on Obama's marriage. It is Obama's marriage and none of our business. It was a mistake for him to joke this way for the reasons I have said BUT get a grip, this is a nothing burger with trivial sauce. Get a sense of perspective. Even if his marriage crumbles, So What? None of your business...or mine.

JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@outsider2011 @sambragg.38 ,

You're obviously not a woman; I am and I like every single one of my girlfriends would absolutely do more than bat eyelids if any of our husbands did this. 

This is not about being insecure; this is about respect! I do not expect my husband to appear at a semi-work related function talking about how attractive some woman is.

Call me insecure, but I stand by that sentiment. It will not be tolerated.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Cyka @TyPollard @outsider2011 

It is idiotic to feign "concern" for Michelle when it is presumptuous to assume anything about another persons marriage. I notice a lack of criticism by you against those commenting on Michelle's appearance.

I have criticized both.

To you I give a mild tsk tsk.

outsider
outsider

@sambragg.38 @outsider2011 


I'm sorry, i cannot subscribe to the idea that every woman, everywhere is so insecure that she can't agree another woman is good looking. 


I think that stating that paints women as shallow and insecure people - which is ridiculous. 


I did not say what Obama said was appropriate. Nor did i say Michelle agreed; i merely pointed out that taking the quote without anything else, excludes all other facts. 


BTW, Michelle doesn't strike me as insecure; somehow, i doubt she felt slighted, or threatened by another woman, even if Obama noticed her. 


As Ty said - unforced error, without a doubt. But not worth this. There is something else at work, as usual with all the criticism of Obama. 


Just like the subtext of "he's always on vacation" is that he's lazy, the subtext here is that he's got no respect for women, and he's always at fault. 


It's just the typical stereo type. Half the people commenting here don't even care to deny it. 


Now, with your comment, you're adding sexism too. 


All women - unless they're dishonest anyway - would not feel happy or comfortable. 


I've got news for you; i think the majority wouldn't have batted an eye. 


If he pulled a slick willy - well sure, that's a different ballgame all together. But just looking? 


Your view of women is why the women aren't interested in the GOP. All you do is put them down. 


Cyka
Cyka

@TyPollard @outsider2011 ,

"i don't worry about Michelle at all here"

Which seems to me to be an obvious problem. Nobody ever seems to think about or "worry" about Michelle Obama.  Not N.O.W or any of the other women's groups who've never rallied in support of Michelle the many times she's been viciously attacked and called the most dehumanizing of names. 

And clearly not the many people who comment on articles and call her monkey, wookie  and taunt and mock her as they claim her "ugliness" is the reason her husband gushes over other women. And all these malicious people get is a mild tsk, tsk from you. I do notice however that you called someone "idiot" for much less.

This attitude that tends to dismiss Michelle Obama as a "strong" woman who'll "get over it" and effectively denies her the humanity and the consideration and protections offered other women, is disconcerting to say the very least.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@outsider2011 

The over the top outrage on display here is laughable. i don't worry about Michelle at all here. I just think it was an unforced error even if only a trivial one.

JudyBerman
JudyBerman

@sambragg.38 @outsider2011

Precisely! Obama presented an opportunity for his wife to be ridiculed by the ever ready crowd and the sad thing is, he didn't need to. It was an unnecessary comment that should never have been made. He is the married president of these United States and he needs to start acting like it.

I've been married for 27 years and if my husband tried this stunt, he'd be sleeping in the garage for a long time.

sambragg.38
sambragg.38

@outsider2011 

When did she agree with him? No woman would ever be comfortable or happy with her husband doing this. Ask any honest wife out there. 

Obama knows very well after 5 years in office that anything he says or does will be dissected and open to other people's interpretation for better or for worse. He also knows full well that his wife Michelle has been under the most vicious attack (thanks to him!) and that some will take this as yet another  opportunity to taunt and disrespect her. And they have. You only need to read the comment section of every newsmagazine that has reported this item, and you'll see that this is the case.

If this black man in the White House repeatedly humiliates and embarrasses his wife in this manner, particularly by doing these uncalled for things, then he deserves to be called out.

Again, shame on Barack Obama.