Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 5th district, was talking on the phone in the Delta Crown Lounge at Ronald Reagan Airport on Wednesday. According to a Democratic operative who eventually took the story to Fishbowl DC, Sensenbrenner, already well-known for his contentious behavior, was loudly discussing an incident that happened three weeks ago while he was attending an auction at an Episcopal church. After the auction concluded, Sensenbrenner relayed, a woman approached him and began to praise first lady Michelle Obama.
Apparently not a fan of Mrs. Obama or her Let's Move! campaign, he told the woman that the first lady should practice more of what she preaches. "She lectures us on eating right," Rep. Sensenbrenner reportedly said, "While she has a large posterior herself."
Politico spoke with Ann Marsh-Meigs, a 72-year-old member of the church that held the auction Sensenbrenner attended. Marsh-Meigs says that Sensebrenner began to talk about a recent charity event his wife and Mrs. Obama attended in Washington. After deriding the Let's Move! charity, Sensenbrenner said something like "look at her big butt."
A spokeswoman for Sensenbrenner explained his comments to the New York Daily News:
He doesn't think the government should be telling Americans what to eat. While he may not agree with all of her initiatives, he plans to contact the first lady's office to apologize for his comments.
On Thursday. Sensenbrenner apologized for the incident. "I regret my inappropriate comment," he said, "And I have sent a personal note to the first lady apologizing."
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