President Obama had lots of kind words for California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Thursday -- including some remarks that raised eyebrows in the political world.
Speaking at a Bay Area fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, the president said Harris is "brilliant," "dedicated" and "tough." Then he added, "She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general.”
According to reports from the fundraiser, the crowd laughed and Obama said, “It’s true! C’mon."
Some cringed at the remarks, given the historic hurdles women have faced to be recognized for their accomplishments rather than their looks.
Jonathan Chait, a writer for New York magazine, called Obama's comments "disgraceful."
"Women have a hard time being judged purely on their merits," he wrote. "Discussing their appearance in the context of evaluating their job performance makes it worse."