WASHINGTON -- President Obama apologized to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for commenting on her appearance during a fundraiser earlier this week, an aide said Friday.
During an event in Northern California on Thursday, Obama referred to his fellow Democrat as “the best-looking attorney general,” drawing laughs from the crowds but later creating a stir among critics.
A few hours after the fundraiser at a private residence, Obama called Harris to say he was sorry for creating a distraction, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday afternoon.
Carney pointed out that, during the fundraiser, Obama also talked about Harris’ effectiveness as an attorney general and noted her work as a “key player” in a mortgage settlement with major banks designed to help homeowners harmed by foreclosure abuse.