In remarks today, President Obama described California Attorney General Kamala Harris “as by far, the best looking attorney general.” Now, he had also described her as “brilliant,” “dedicated,” and “tough,” but … no.
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.
It’s not a compliment. And for a president who has become a cultural model for many of his supporters in so many other ways, the example he’s setting here is disgraceful.