President Obama has apologized to California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris after praising her looks during remarks at a fundraiser this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday.Right. Which is why he did exactly that. He judged her on her appearance. I can't for the life of me figure out why he said something that unnecessary. There are plenty of other female Attorney generals, and why Obama felt the need to rank them on looks - even jokingly - is a mystery. It's not a beauty contest, and treating it as such lends credence to the "boys club" mentality that pervades Wall Street - and Washington.
“They are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities,” Carney said during his daily briefing. “He fully recognizes the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.”
Now, in the grand scheme of things, this wasn't really a big deal. I mean, it's not like he called a female reporter "sweetie" or treated a female advisor like a "piece of meat". It's a mildly condescending and patronizing comment, but not really worth more than an eye roll. Were it said by a state representative to a state's AG, it might cause a bit of a local stir, but certainly nothing major. And, in and of itself, it's really not a big deal.
But what is a big deal is the complete and utter lack of anything resembling any sort of outcry. I mean, it doesn't surprise me - NOW was conspicuously silent about Bill Clinton bedding a subordinate, for example. However, the Obama campaign made a pretty big deal about Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment, so it's pretty hypocritical to be ranking women in powerful offices based on their looks as his comments appear to be doing.
Then again, there's no standards like double standards, right mainstream media?
That is all.