President Barack Obama just couldn’t help himself. He saw a pretty woman, channeled his inner Bill Clinton, and swooned over California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. At a fundraising event, the Commander in Chief described Harris as “by far the best looking attorney general in the country.”
“It’s true! C’mon,” Obama responded, as the crowd roared with laughter in agreement, according to news reports. I wonder what First Lady Michelle Obama thought about her husband’s comment?
Both Harris and Obama were just outside of San Francisco April 4th attending a DNC event to raise money for the 2014 mid-term elections. Obama certainly has his priorities in order. Instead of reducing the country’s mounting debt and deficit, he’s helping Democrats win control of the House.
Not only was the comment sexist but beneath the dignity of the President of the United States. If Obama made such a comment in the private sector about a female co-worker, he likely would have been terminated on the spot and slapped with a sexual harassment lawsuit. But American’s can’t terminate our president for behaving badly.
On the flip side, this is a classic example of the liberal media’s double standard for conservatives. If George W. Bush described a female lawmaker as essentially being a hottie, there would have been howls from mainstream press that dominates our news media. But Obama can call CA Attorney General Kamala Harris the "best looking AG in the country" and the media's response to our first black president is, “Go ahead brother,” in so many words.
That’s what Jonathan Capehart thinks. Capehart defended Obama’s loose lips comment about Harris, “a compliment.” You can’t make this stuff up. Capehart wrote:
“President Obama prides himself on telling the truth. And when he reportedly said that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is ‘by far, the best looking attorney general,’ he spoke the God’s honest truth.” You just can’t make this stuff up. In Capehart’s mind-boggling defense of Obama, Capehart reminds us he’s one of “them,” part of elite group of Democrats who’s been in Obama’s presence at the White House.
“And Harris was a guest at the state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Full disclosure: We were at the same table that night.),” added Capehart.
No matter what this president does, Obama’s loyal flock come to his defense, particularly his black supporters, even if it means overlooking the facts and blatant insults. In 2011, Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Dinner and told blacks they needed to “take off your bedroom slippers, stop complainin, and stop grumblin.” Many conservatives like myself thought the remarks were racist but most blacks didn’t seem bothered and the liberal media was mostly muted on the topic. Former CBC Chairman Emmanuel Cleaver said in 2012 that with the black jobless rate at 14%, almost twice the national average at the time, Cleaver said “if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House.” But Cleaver said the CBC cut Obama some slack cause he was black.
Back to Capehart, who wrote “judging by some of the comments I’ve seen on Twitter you’d swear the president was guilty of luridly cat-calling a woman he doesn’t know. If I thought for one moment that’s what was going on, you better believe I’d hammer him for it.” That’s exactly what was going on and whether Obama knew Harris or not doesn’t give him a license to reduce a woman of power to her looks.
I guess if Obama kissed Harris on the mouth, Capehart would consider that gesture worthy of “hammering” the president. Instead of lecturing his readers to “lighten up” on Obama, perhaps Capehart should open his eyes and “get serious” in his coverage of the president.