WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has apologised to California’s Attorney General Kamala Devi Harris after praising her looks during remarks at a fundraiser this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.Harris, 48, is the daughter of an Indian mother, Dr Shyamala Gopalan - a breast cancer specialist, who emigrated from Chennai - and a Jamaican- American father, Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris.“They (Obama and Harris) are old friends and good friends, and he did not want in any way to diminish the attorney general’s professional accomplishments and her capabilities,” Carney said during his daily briefing. “He fully recognises the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.”Obama made the call to Harris, a potential gubernatorial candidate, Thursday night after returning to Washington from a fundraising visit to California. At an event to benefit the Democratic National Committee earlier in the day, Obama said Harris is “brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough,” adding that “she also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.”The comment revived, particularly through social media, the debate over whether Obama’s White House is too dominated by men.Only a day earlier, Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s senior advisers, called charges that this White House is a “boys club” insulting to high-ranking women within the administration who are playing influential roles.“He apologised for the remark,” Carney said. “And he certainly regretted that it caused that distraction.”