Congressman Apologizes for Mocking Michelle's Rear

Jim Sensenbrenner sends first lady 'personal note'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner Apologizes for Mocking Michelle Obama's Butt
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chat as they walk to the White House in Washington, DC, on December 14, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – After getting caught ridiculing Michelle Obama's "large posterior," a Wisconsin congressman has sent her an apology. "I regret my inappropriate comment and I have sent a personal note to the first lady apologizing," GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says in a statement. Meanwhile, a parishioner at the church where he made the comment has offered Politico a firsthand account.

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"He got on the topic of first ladies and their special interests, and he said most first ladies have serious projects," said the 72-year-old woman. "He implied that Michelle Obama being interested in childhood obesity was not serious; he sort of made fun of it and then he made fun of her. He said something like, 'Look at her big butt,'" she said. "He just assumed everyone sitting at the table would agree with him and think it was funny." Instead, "there was sort of a stunned silence." (Read more Jim Sensenbrenner stories.)

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