Washington, D.C. – On Friday, White House spokesman, Jay Carney, announced that President Barack Obama had called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for comments he made concerning her physical appearance.
Earlier in the week, at a Democratic Party Fundraiser, Obama made headlines by referring to Harris as being “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.” His comments were ill-received by media outlets, human resource departments, and feminist groups around the country.
“He called her to apologize for the distraction created by his comments,” Carney announced to the White House press corps.
“The President did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities and fully recognizes the challenges women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance,” Carney added.
“But more importantly,” Carney told reporters, “in the heat of the moment, the President totally forgot about [Florida Attorney General] Pam Bondi.”
“On stage, it is difficult to flip through the mental Rolodex of all 57 state attorneys general,” said Carney, defending his boss. “However, when he had some time to reflect, President Obama came to the conclusion that any warm-blooded male would come to: that Pamela Bondi is objectively the best-looking attorney general in the country.”
Carney said that Attorney General Harris has accepted the President’s apology, calling the oversight an “honest mistake” and is fully prepared to relinquish the title to Bondi.