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April 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Obama apologizes for remark on looks

America is overreacting

Give me a break. Obama was providing his dear old friend Kamala Harris (California’s attorney general) an old-fashioned compliment and simply saying out loud what the rest of American guys and gals were surely noticing, if not outright thinking [“‘Best-looking attorney general’ remark leads to Obama apology,” page one, April 6]. He duly credited her intellect, skills and abilities.

Do we forget U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won Cosmopolitan’s “America’s Sexiest Man?” His pecs, abs and former Cosmo photos were fair game for the press and fellow Americans and politicians. And the media gushes over the rare vacation photos of our presidents on summer vacation without a shirt on.

Kudos to the president for additionally recognizing his friend as a beautiful lady. If the first lady had been introducing Scott Brown at a function and said, “I’m sure most of us would agree that he’s also among the best-looking of our senators,” we’d be shaking our heads and laughing in agreement.

There are enough meat-and-potato issues out there to get excited or upset about. Stop creating them.

Michael B. Goldenkranz, Seattle

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