Meet the Press   |  April 07, 2013

Haberman: Obama overstepped on attorney general comments

Former Gov. Bill Richardson, GOP Strategist Mike Murphy; Politico’s Maggie Haberman; and NBC News Andrea Mitchell weigh in on President Barack Obama’s controversial statement about California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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>> let me get to a star in the democratic party , harris, the attorney general of california , and the president underlined that this week by pointing out -- here she is speaking at the convention, by the way, and i believe we have the exact quote of what the president said in a speech this week paying tribute to her, making a point 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 shot. but what he really wanted to say she also happens to be the best looking attorney general in the country and had to apologize with that.

>> you have to be careful to say. women candidates, women elected officials tend to be judged more base based on appearance than not. obama has these awkward moments. he does personally like her.

>> they've been friends for a long time.

>> and michelle obama has been part of that friendship. he also says these awkward things about men and nobody complains. he said that about his interior secretary. he said and look at that good-looking guy in the front row . we found the tape of him doing that friday.

>> i'm sorry.

>> i think he read a biden speech by mistake.

>> should he have apologized?

>> i think he did. i think it's political correct insanity but there's a business of blowing this stuff out of proportion which is much harder on republicans and democrats.

>> you know, maybe i'm a neanderthal, but i thought that the president's comment was harmless. it was a political speech. he talked about her accomplishments, he talked about her xe it tense, competence. what are you going to read her resume? political correctness has reached a point where it's out of control. am i going to be criticized for instance if i say that a movie star like scarlett johansson is beautiful? are they going to go after me? probably.

>> check twitter. we'll get back to you.