Kamala Harris Dishes on 'Big-Girl Panties' with Bush White House Flack Dana Perino

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And on fashion
California Attorney General Kamala Harris didn't enjoy the coziest relationship with local press outlets during her final days as San Francisco's District Attorney. Through various scandals stemming from her handling of problems at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, Harris ran a less-than-transparent office, and refrained from speaking to reporters outside of press conferences.

But there's another side to Harris: open, welcoming, and willing to discuss fashion. This we learned from an interview published in Harper's Bazaar, in which Harris, a Democrat who was among President Barack Obama's early supporters, sits down to chat with former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. Perhaps it's easier to feel at ease when discussing tailors, shoes, food -- and, of course, "big-girl panties."

Here are a few highlights from the interview:

DP: I remember when I was acting press secretary; I took over for [the late] Tony Stone [in 2007] when he was sick. Margaret Spellings, who was then the secretary of education, called me and asked, "How you doing?" and I said, "Not very good. I'm so nervous." And she said, "Well, put your big-girl panties on and deal with it." Has there been anything like that for you?

KH: In high school, I was slacking off and not taking studying very seriously, and I remember my mom saying, "You need to start taking things seriously." [I liked to cook] and she said, "If you want to cook, we will figure out a way to send you to Le Cordon Bleu, but don't do anything half-assed." That was her point. Don't do anything half-assed.

Not only is Harris transparent -- she's also apparently a punster. Big-girl panties? Half-assed? Clever, Madame Attorney General.

DP: So, any chance of running for higher political office in the future, or is this it?

KH: I'm going to take this and focus on it. Hopefully the tasks at hand will be accomplished well, and then we'll see what comes next. But I am very focused on what's right in front of me -- and there's a lot that's right in front of me. I really want to do this job. I am in this.

As Hamlet's mom said, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Eventually, the talk turns to fashion. Harris discusses her predilection for Manolos and Donald Deal suits. But we found this revelation most interesting:

HB: Do you have a favorite bag?

KH: I do. It's the Chanel Executive bag. It has a compartment where I keep my files.
No wonder our requests for public records were ignored.

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Briansays
Briansays

we will never forget or forgiveofficer espinozabologna familynotwithstanding the liberals fetish with this shareless self promoter

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

I was being 'sarcastic' in my reply to Porky. I still can't believe that California voters put this woman into office as A.G. after all that coverage in the news concerning Bologna family , etc..and the dismissal of the family survivors' case against the city.

Porky
Porky

If you wont to check out the inside world on Kamala Harris check out her Facebook page.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

umm..interesting... As S.F.'s D.A. , she certainly helped to make this city a better , safer place for all of us... Hope to see more of her in future Democratic Party politics. "You go girl!"

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