〔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。



Obama Apologizes To California Attorney General Over Sexiest Compliment

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.