At a fundraiser in California last week, President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country”, which has predictably led to cries of “sexism” from liberal feminists.
CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette Jr. said that Obama “objectified” Harris. Slate’s Amanda Marcotte said that Obama’s comment wasn’t harmless, and warned of the dangers of “benevolent sexism.”
Here’s the full quote from the fundraiser:
“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…It’s true! C’mon.”
As far as I can tell, it was a harmless, light-hearted compliment. To say that it’s “sexist” to compliment a woman’s looks is absurd–even if the woman in question happens to be a state attorney general.
When Obama called Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country”, he was not saying “don’t be intimated by the fancy title, boys–this woman is really just a hot piece of ass.” He was saying “by the way, she also happens to be the best-looking attorney general in the country.” There was no subtext.
Humorless, politically correct liberals like Navarette and Marcotte really need to lighten up. Complimenting a woman’s looks is not the same thing as reducing her to her physical appearance.