In case you aren't a national news follower, the story is that Obama was at a fundraiser for AG Harris, and was introducing her. The comment was (per Huffington Post) "She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough," Obama said. "She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney
general ... It’s true! C’mon."
She is indeed a pretty lady
I think it must have been a slow news day.
When I heard about this I wanted to know more. I can sympathize with feminism to a degree, but I also blame it in part to the rise of the man-child which is ever so prevalent.
I don't think that Obama was out of line for the following reasons. He was giving an introduction for Ms. Harris at a fundraiser. The event was one of 'I am amongst friends' much similar to the event where Mitt Romney felt it safe to say that 47% of Americans are 'takers'. Also from what I have read, Obama and Harris are long time friends. If my boss were to say something like that about me, yeah, it would make my skin crawl, no doubt. However if my friend did it, I wouldn't think anything of it other than being flattered. Plus his comment wasn't crass or anything of the sort you'd hear being a foxy lady walking by a construction site or something. Lastly, I can't find any information stating that Harris herself was offended by this. Shouldn't that really be the test of appropriateness?? (Granted, on further reflection, it probably would have hurt the party she was fundraising for had she admitted to being offended.) Also, from an amateur comedienne's perspective (myself. lol) I find the comments to be merely an attempt to add some humor/lightheartedness to the sentiments about how tough and smart she is. For instance, if someone were introducing me, they would of course mention my brilliance, headstrong nature and kindness, and also maybe that I could eat a whole block of cheese in one sitting. Is that an offensive fat joke?! No, it is just true and relaxes the seriousness of it all.
No, the outcries were from everyone else who thought commenting on her looks was bad form. Maybe it was, it is really a personal decision on how you interpret communications with others. There are certain contexts where I think this would be offensive. Like if he were recommending her for the supreme court or something. But the time and the place made it more 'okay', at least in my opinion.
My next question for the ladies is - when you put your makeup on and do your hair and wear clothes that flatter you, isn't your end goal for people to find you as attractive? Because if Charleze Theron has taught us nothing else, your pretty usually takes some effort:
Exhibit B. Wha???!
I personally would not enjoy people complimenting me on my looks unless it is my wedding day, prom night or the like. (except for Aaron, you don't get off that easy, lol) And sure it would be a weird world if people just complimented everyone about their appearance all the time. I have never been a 'classically attractive' person though, so I don't know what life is like for someone like that. Maybe people tell you that you're good looking all the time and you enjoy it?
I feel like feminism is at the heart of all of this, and the anger stems from the thought that we don't ever talk about the way men politicians look. Except when we do -
and I am fairly certain looks alone are why Rick Perry keeps getting elected Governor in Texas... :\
The pros and cons of feminism is another post for another day though! What are your thoughts? Did you find Obama's words offensive, or much ado about nothing?