President Obama felt the heat Thursday after calling a powerful female official smoking hot.
And as luck would have it, he made the unfortunate comment on the same day his wife — remember her, tall lady with the midlife bangs? — mistakenly referred to herself as a single mother.
But back to the Prez and his very male salivary glands:
“She also happens to be by far the best looking attorney general in the country,” Obama said of California’s Kamala Harris during a fund-raiser. The unexpected comment ruffled the feathers of some observers and caused a commotion on social media such as Twitter.
“It’s true, come on,” the President added as fund-raiser attendees in Atherton, Calif., guffawed.
Obama set up the remark with a heap of more conventional praise for Harris, 48, who campaigned for him last year.
“She is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough,” Obama said.
What came next was a compliment heard round the world — an uncharacteristic slip by the smooth-talking Obama. Some Twitter users blasted the quip as “awkward” and even “sexist.”
“Obama’s comment about Kamala Harris is disgraceful and really terrible for workplace equality,” tweeted New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait.
Not surprisingly, the Republican National Committee quickly pounced on Obama, posting a snarky Twitter message.
“Not awkward and perfectly fine for him to say, right?” it said.
While the remark left plenty of observers hot and bothered, it didn’t offend everyone: “How did it become so difficult to call a woman good looking in public,” tweeted Politico media reporter Dylan Byers.
But Thursday turned out to be double trouble for the First Family, with Michelle Obama calling herself a “busy single mother” in an interview. The top mom immediately caught herself, saying, “You know, when you’ve got the husband who’s president, it can feel a little single, but he’s there,” she said, CBS reported.