Monday, April 8, 2013

BO HAS TO APOLOGIZE FOR BEING NICE!

President BO (the amateur president) called California Attorney General, Karmalla Harris, "...clearly the best looking Attorney General by far."

That remark got him into trouble, for which he felt compelled to apologize.



You know, this political correctness stupidity has just gone too far!

You all know how much I dislike the policies of PBO (tap), but this is a little weird.

I suppose he should have said, "You are the ugliest, homeliest most nerdy looking Attorney General I have ever seen"

The apology seems to say that if you're a beautiful woman, you can't be successful, and if you are, nobody better notice!?

It does not mater which side of the political fence you're on, this was clearly intended as a compliment, and I'll just bet she was happy to take it that way.

I cannot and will not defend a single Obama policy. He's an inept, ideological mug-wart, but now the left is feeling the brunt of run-away political correctness, and I think it is time to stop!

Good grief! Women spend millions of dollars on products that are supposed to make them look good, and when they do, you'd better not mention it.

Give me an ever-lovin'-blue-eyed break!

29 comments:

sue hanes said...


Joe - I feel that he was right to apologize. Her looks are not a part of her job and he shouldn't have mentioned them.

The Conservative Network said...

That's BS

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

This is the result of femi-nazi rule for the past few decades, and the liberals' ideas that if you tell a woman co-worker that she is attractive you are guilty of sexual harassment.

Xavier Onassis said...

A woman's appearance has absolutely nothing to do with her intelligence, competence, education, experience or ability to do a job. The same, by the way applies to a man's appearance. Comments on a person's appearance in the workplace, whether positive or negative, are inappropriate, unprofessional and unproductive. It is no different than commenting on a coworker's weight, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. It simply has no place in professional work environment.

Joe said...

sh: Balogna. Her looks are part of who she is, just like her abilities are part of who she is. We are social creatures whether anyone likes it or not, and compliments are appropriate anywhere, anytime.

TCN: Me or him?

GEC: Thanks to that ravaging beauty, Betty Friedan.

XO: "...absolutely nothing to do with her intelligence, competence, education, experience or ability to do a job. The same, by the way applies to a man's appearance."

Strongly agree.

"Comments on a person's appearance in the workplace, whether positive or negative, are inappropriate, unprofessional and unproductive."

Strongly disagree.

Ducky's here said...

What XO, said.

As more women run for public office it's best not to use appearance as an advantage. That won't be the case but why aggravate things.

A simple mea culpa and we move on. Or the fringe right can rant about feminazis. Your choice.

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe - You can disagree all you want, but that doesn't make you right.

I've worked in corporate America for over 30 years and there have been a lot of changes.

I can guarantee you that if you made a habit of commenting on your coworkers appearance, positively or otherwise, you would find yourself being called into HR to receive a warning and a lecture about maintaining a professional work environment.

Taking notice of someone's appearance and voicing your opinion is simply not done.

Let me give you an update on other aspects of corporate culture you may remember from the old-timey days that are also no longer deemed acceptable.

The two martini lunch.

Referring to women in the office as girls, honey, sweetheart, babe or sugar-britches.

Smoking in your office. Or anywhere on company property or within 25 feet of an entrance.

Giving preferential treatment, quicker promotions or higher pay to attractive women with large breasts.

Reading the latest copy of Playboy (ya know...for the "articles") at your desk.

Asking about a coworker's political affiliation or religion.

Referring to people using labels. Like "the fat guy" or "the Jew" or "the lesbian" or "the cripple in the wheelchair" or "the Chinaman" (meaning anyone vaguely Asiatic or Polynesian in appearance).

You can do or say whatever you like outside the office. But when you are in the office, you are expected to focus on business and not venture into areas that may cause friction or impede teamwork.

An obvious compliment like "Hey,for a fat guy you don't sweat all that much!" could easily be misinterpreted by, ya know, the fat guy.

Joe said...

XO: "Taking notice of someone's appearance and voicing your opinion is simply not done."

I work in corporate America, and where I work, compliments are a part of maintaining employee morale. I've had employees tell me, "That shirt looks nice on you." and, "That shirt brings out the blue in your eyes."

Should I have been offended? I wasn't, and nothing you can say would make me be offended by those comments.

The management of where I work believes appropriate social interaction, including compliments, raises morale and increases productivity.

It's just being nice, something liberals don't know anything at all about.

There IS such a thing as inappropriate behavior, but pleasantness and social graces are not part of it.

Too bad your corporation is too stupid to know that.

Craig said...

Joe, Do think there's a difference between a compliment on your shirt and a boss telling you you're the best looking guy at the Nurses Line? I can see where that would be a morale boost for you. Complimenting someones choice of attire is not the same as telling someone the equivalent of "you're hot". Especially for women.

As for Obama and Harris. He prefaced the remark by rattling off her qualifications and attributes other than looks. They know each other well and he was trying to make a joke. That being said, it was a dumb thing to say. It wasn't a big deal but given the emphasis on looks for women in professional life and the history of crap women have had to put up with from men in the workplace, why bring up looks?

Everyone can see she's a beautiful woman, what's the point of drawing attention to it in a professional setting?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

We had several young ladies working over the years, and they were always dressed very casual - jeans, etc.

One young lady came in one day dressed to the hilt because of some deal she was going to after work. When she walked into the tower she looked stunning, and I said, "WOW!" You could tell she was pleased as punch. That's all that took place, but you know she was glad that she was recognized. Nothing at all inappropriate.

Darth Bacon said...

It don't make you right either, in fact it makes you sound stupid... Z

Xavier Onassis said...

If you are evaluating a coworkers appearance long enough to make a determination as to whether a compliment is called for, you ate focusing more of your attention them than is appropriate.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

X.O.,
So, if a woman comes into your work space and you you notice immediately that she is dressed to the nines rather than in normal casual attire, that is more attention than appropriate?!?!?!
You sir, are a fool.

Xavier Onassis said...

In a professional work environment, yes, it is innappropriate for you to comment on her appearance. It is irrelevant.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Liberals,
totally under femi-nazi control with no power of critical thinking.

Joe said...

Craig: "Everyone can see she's a beautiful woman, what's the point of drawing attention to it in a professional setting?"

Uhhh, maybe to reinforce her self-image? Or to make her feel good? Or to show a little courtesy? Or to freely express yourself? Or just to be nice?

How does that take away from her ability? Explain that to me.

Do you really think a pretty lady can't be professional?

What a Neanderthal you must be!

SO: "In a professional work environment, yes, it is innappropriate for you to comment on her appearance. It is irrelevant."

It might well be irrelevant, but it is still a nice gesture. Tell me how it detracts from her professional ability. Is she assumed to be that petty?

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe - "It might well be irrelevant, but it is still a nice gesture. Tell me how it detracts from her professional ability. Is she assumed to be that petty?"

No, in the workplace it is not a nice gesture at all. It is an unwelcome and awkward distraction.

If you feel compelled to compliment a female coworker, her are some acceptable areas on which you may offer your opinion:

Tell her what a great presentation she gave at the last sales results meeting.

Congratulate her on bringing her last project in ahead of schedule and under budget.

Thank her for the clear and concise overview she gave you an area of the business with which you were unfamiliar.

Congratulate her on her promotion and tell her you look forward to working with her.

Those are all nice gestures. Commenting on her physical appearance is absolutely unacceptable. This is 2013, not 1953.

PRO TIP: Giving her a friendly little slap on the fanny as she walks by is also now unacceptable.

This is the problem with conservatives. They love the feeling of blinders and ear plugs because they cannot stand the idea that the world changes, progresses and moves forward.

A conservative's preferred place to be is 50-75 years in the past where misogyny, bigotry and the supremacy of the White Male was assumed to be God's Will.

Joe said...

XO: I would expect no different response from you.

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe & G.E.C. - Here is a good Rule of Thumb for you. Before you open your moth in the office and offer your opinion on a female coworker's appearance or attire, ask yourself how it would make you feel if a male coworker said that to you.

"That tie really brings out the color of your eyes!"

"You look very nice today! Have you been working out?"

"Have you done something different with your hair? It looks great!"

"Those pleated Dockers really compliment your figure. You look very nice!"

"I love it when you wear that outfit to work. It just brightens up the whole office!"

The discomfort that you would feel hearing those "compliments" from a male coworker is the same sort of discomfort that a female coworker feels hearing such things from men who aren't her boyfriend, husband or father.

You don't get to have an opinion on how she looks at work. Keep it to yourself.

My Liberal Values said...

Dumb Blog!

Craig said...

Uhhh, maybe to reinforce her self-image? Or to make her feel good? Or to show a little courtesy? Or to freely express yourself? Or just to be nice?

You got me, Joe. I'm sure beautiful women are sick of being recognized only for their accomplishments and need more reinforcement that they are genetically superior, looks-wise, to other women.

How does that take away from her ability? Explain that to me.

That's the point. Everyone, men and women, want to be recognized for their ability, not their looks.

Do you really think a pretty lady can't be professional?

Huh? You really are thick sometimes, Joe.

Joe said...

XO: "The discomfort that you would feel hearing those "compliments"...

Except for the part about the figure (which I would know was just rank flattery and totally untrue) I would not be offended at all.

People nearly always notice when I get a hair cut...even men. Of course I only get a few cut at a time.

You're so touchy!

Joe said...

XO: "Everyone, men and women, want to be recognized for their ability, not their looks."

So it's impossible for a liberal to do both, right?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

X.O.
I have had many male co-workers comment on how sharp I look in my kilt. It never bothered me.

Joe said...

Craig: "Huh? You really are thick sometimes, Joe."

One of us is.

Mark said...

Joe, I agree. But really, it's good to see the left attack Obama once in a while. Perhaps the bloom is coming off the rose?

Joe said...

Mark: Good to see you! As far as the bloom...This is more like a little aphid that took one bite and died.

Ducky's here said...

@Glenn --- I have had many male co-workers comment on how sharp I look in my kilt. It never bothered me.

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Shaved legs?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Ducky,
Never. But, you can't tell for the knee socks - i.e. "kilt hose." When I wear the kilt, I wear the whole kit, which changes from very casual to very formal, depending on the event.

I have worn every type to work, because I would be going to performances immediately after or had been immediately prior, plus I always wore it on April 6th - National Tartan Day.