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AP110523048988.jpgPresident Barack Obama was praising the bona fides of California Attorney General Kamala Harris today when he complimented Harris for something unlikely to show up in her campaign platform.

"She's brilliant and she's dedicated, she's tough... She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general," Obama said during a Thursday lunch, according to a pool report written by Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News.

The president also called Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, "not a real tall guy," according to a tweet posted by Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News.

Here's an excerpt from Rosenberg's pool report:

He introduced California Attorney General Kamala Harris, a rising star in the Democratic party, and called her the "best-looking attorney general" he's seen (after laughs, he said "It's true; come on."). He also called her brilliant, dedicated and tough, and "exactly what you want" in an AG. Also introduced and praised was U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents a big chunk of Silicon Valley in the House. Honda was standing in the back, prompting Obama to ask where he was, and Honda shouted out "I'm short!" After laughs, Obama said: "you're not a real tall guy." Laughs all around.

Obama is in town for a fundraising swing that brought him to Atherton this morning for two Democratic National Committee events. Last night he appeared at an event costing $5,000 a head at the home of Tom Steyer, who spearheaded the push for Proposition 39 but has broken with the Obama administration over the Keystone XL pipeline, and a $32,500 gathering hosted by billionaire Gordon Getty.

PHOTO CREDIT: The photogenic California Attorney General Kamala Harris, seen here on Monday, May 23, 2011. By Nick Ut for the Associated Press.


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