Kamala Harris accepts 'old pal' Obama's apologies over 'good looks' remark

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 08, 2013 05:36 hrs
Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom

Washington: California Attorney General Kamala Harris has accepted Obama's apologies, after the US president made inappropriate remarks about her during a fundraiser in Atherton this week.

But while a spokesperson for Harris said she "strongly supports him," he initially declined to say whether she accepted the apology.

"The Attorney General and the President have been friends for many years. They had a great conversation yesterday and she strongly supports him," Harris spokesperson Gil Duran said Friday.

Asked whether Harris accepted Obama's apology, Duran wrote in an email to The Chronicle: "Statement speaks for itself."

However, later, Duran clarified his remarks by saying that Harris indeed had accepted the apology.

The problem with Obama's remarks, analysts said, is that even complimentary comments about a female politician's physical appearance can diminish her accomplishments.

"It's even more so when the person - like Kamala Harris - is holding a traditionally-male position like attorney general, the top law enforcement officer in the state," Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, said.

"That's just what Obama did by including a comment about her appearance," Walsh said. "I doubt if he'd say that about a male attorney general."

News of Obama's apology was relayed to the world by Obama's spokesman Jay Carney on Friday.

"The president did speak with Attorney General Harris last night after he came back from his trip, and he called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments," Carney said. (ANI)

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