Obama apologizes to Calif. AG for looks comment

Obama apologizes to Calif. AG for looks comment
FILE - This Nov. 16,2012 file photo shows California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaking during a news conference in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama praised Harris for more than her smarts and toughness at a Democratic Party event Thursday, April 4, 2013. The president also commended Harris for being "the best-looking attorney general" during a Democratic fundraising lunch in the Silicon Valley.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has apologized to California's attorney general for commenting on her looks at a Democratic fundraiser.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says Obama apologized to Kamala Harris on Thursday night, after he returned from California, for the distraction his comment created. Carney says Obama did not want to diminish Harris' professional accomplishments and abilities.

At a Democratic fundraiser Thursday in Silicon Valley, Obama said Harris was "the best-looking attorney general." Obama also called her brilliant, dedicated and tough. Carney says the two are longtime friends.

The comment raised eyebrows and lit up news blogs and websites. Some said it was an example of the hurdles that still confront working women.

Carney said Obama is aware of those challenges and believes women shouldn't be judged on appearance.