CINCINNATI - President Barack Obama is drawing criticism for his attempt at flattering California's attorney general Kamala Harris when he called her "the best-looking attorney general," during an event in California Thursday.
During a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in Atherton, Calif., Obama introduced Harris in a way that many are now calling sexist.
"You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and 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 — Kamala Harris is here," he said.
The comment was greeted with applause from the crowd, to which Obama responded "It's true! C'mon."
Neither Obama nor Harris have responded about the comment, but that hasn't stopped others from chiming in with their opinions.
New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait wrote on a post Thursday afternoon that Obama needs gender-sensitivity training.
"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," Chait wrote. "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."
The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri encouraged people to spread compliments in her story.
"There is always this perverse idea that Feminism Wants To Stop You From Complimenting Anyone Ever On Anything, and women will start to punch you in the face if you dare to hold a door open for them. The Feminazis are out to kill All The Compliments! Well, no. Just be equitable about it. Hold the door open for people, not for Ladies. Compliment everyone. Do unto Kamala as you would unto John," Petri wrote.
Buzzfeed's Phillip Bailey took a comical approach and deemed Kentucky's Attorney General Jack Conway as the second hottest attorney general in the country.
Harris has served as California's attorney general since 2011 and is considered a rising star for Democrats.
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