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〔本報訊〕歐巴馬4日出席一場慈善晚會時,稱讚相識多年的加州總檢察長哈里斯(Kamala Harris)是「全美國最漂亮的總檢察長」,引發婦女團體砲轟物化女性,歐巴馬昨日晚間致電哈里斯道歉。

 歐巴馬在慈善晚會紹,向所有人介紹哈里斯時,稱讚她「美麗漂亮」,招來現場大笑但夾雜噓聲,歐巴馬又補一句「別這樣,我說的是實話」,現場又是一陣大笑,但婦女團體批評歐巴馬物化女性,工作能力與長相並無關係,罵他有「性歧視」。

 但大多人對批評相當不以為然,為什麼總統純粹是稱讚女性漂亮,還要遭受批評,況且歐巴馬與哈里斯是老相識,起鬨一下也沒什麼大不了,「哪個女人會拒絕漂亮稱讚」。

 儘管歐巴馬說自己沒有貶低哈里斯的意思,但身為全美國人的表率,歐巴馬昨日還是打電話給哈里斯道歉,哈里斯的發言人證實總統確實有來電,不過沒有透露她是否會接受總統的道歉。
Obama Apologizes To California Attorney General Over Sexiest Compliment
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President Barack Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for calling her “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country” during a fundraising trip, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“They are old friends, and good friends, and he did not in any way want to diminish the attorney general’s accomplishments and capabilities,” Carney said.

 Commentators from both sides of the aisle had objected to Obama’s statement, which came during his remarks at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Thursday in Atherton, California.
At the fundraiser, Obama referred to Harris as “brilliant,” “dedicated,” “tough,” and “exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law” before referring to her appearance.

Carney said Obama apologized for creating the distraction.

“He fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workplace, and that they should not be judged based on appearance,” Carney said.

Harris recently gained prominence due to her role in orchestrating a $25 billion settlement between states and banks over illegal shortcuts in foreclosures. Carney said Obama believes Harris did an “excellent job” on the issue.

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