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TODAY   |  April 17, 2013

Obama: My ‘best-looking’ quip was ‘teaching moment’

In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, President Barack Obama responds to criticism over his remark that California’s Kamala Harris was the “best-looking attorney general in the country.”

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>> carmela harris, you had to apologize for listing among her many qualifications that she was the best looking attorney general in america. why did you apologize? did you really think you did something wrong or was it blown out of proportion?

>> well, look, you know, pamela is a friend of mine. we had been joking off stage, you know, when i got to the stage, i made the same joke and obviously some people i think reacted negatively. kamala knew where i was coming from but it was a useful teaching moment for me and for the country. as the father of two daughters i want to make sure they're judged on the merits and not on their appearance and so i've got no problem in people i think using what was intended as an innocuous comment to make this larger point that we want to make sure that women are judged based on the job they do and not how they look.