Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

"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. It's true! C'mon."President Obama, at a party fundraiser in suburban San Francisco yesterday, speaking about California's Attorney General and possible future gubernatorial candidate Kamala Harris.

I am seriously pissed that the President thinks it's in any way remotely appropriate to publicly comment on Harris' appearance, and I am equally pissed at the first part of his comment, which is not being as widely reported. You have to be careful to first say a woman is competent before you can wax lascivious* sexist about how smoking hot she is.

A White House spokesperson had no comment when asked for a response. But I'm sure they're busily drawing up something great, like: "Hey, have you heard about the Lilly Ledbetter Act?"

* On Twitter, Imani noted that the use of "lascivious" in reference to a black man is problematic. I have edited it. My apologies for not being more sensitive to the narratives into which "lascivious" played.

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