Barack Obama apologises to Kamla Harris for his sexist remarks

Kamala HarrisPresident Barack Obama has apologised to Kamla Harris for his comment in which he described her as the best-looking attorney general of America. (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama has apologised to Kamla Harris, the California Attorney General, for his comment in which he described the Indian-American as the best-looking attorney general of America which many here alleged was a sexist remark.

Obama called Harris last night to "apologise" for both his "remarks" and the "distraction" that it caused for one of the brilliant attorney generals of the country, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"The president did speak with Attorney General Harris last night after he came back from his trip, and he called her to apologise for the distraction created by his comments. And you know, they are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the Attorney General's professional accomplishments and her capabilities," Carney said.

He was responding to questions on the comments made by Obama on Harris at a Democratic fundraiser in California wherein he praised 48-year-old Harris.

"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," Obama said praising Harris, who is the first women and first Indian-American to be elected as the Attorney General of California.

"She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country Kamala Harris is here," Obama had said amidst applause. "It's true. Come on," he said amidst laughter.

"She is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years," said the US President, which soon became a buzzword on the social media and a point for criticising Obama.

"I think I made clear he apologized for creating this distraction and believes very strongly that Attorney General Harris is an excellent attorney general and that she's done great work, and she's dedicated and tough and brilliant," Carney said.

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