Democratic strategist James Carville joked that President Obama might be in trouble with his wife and daughters after making comments about California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ looks. At a California fundraiser Thursday, President Obama introduced Harris and mentioned her dedication–and then her looks.
“You have to be careful to, first of all, say 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. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country,” President Obama said.
New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait was among those criticizing the president.
“For those who don’t see the problem here, the degree to which women are judged by their appearance remains an important hurdle to gender equality in the workforce. Women have a hard time being judged purely on their merits. Discussing their appearance in the context of evaluating their job performance makes it worse.”
But Carville suggested the president’s worst critics might come from his wife and daughters.
“I suspect President Obama is a little bit like James Carville, in that, if I’d have said something like that, I would have come home and heard it from my wife and two daughters, “ Carville said on Jansing & Co.
“Look, I’m a 68-year-old guy and honestly I do notice the way women look sometimes,” he laughed. “But you’ve got to learn to keep your feelings to yourself. I doubt if he’ll do it again. It’s not the worst thing that ever happened. Based on the picture it’s probably true.”
Chris Jansing joked perhaps Carville would also now be in trouble with his own wife and daughters.
Carville also discussed Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 run for the presidency.
“I’ve always thought she was the best candidate, I thought she was the best candidate Democrats had in 2008 and I haven’t changed my mind now,” Carville said on Jansing & Co.
You can watch the full interview in the video clip above from Jansing & Co.