US Rep Apologizes To First Lady On 'big Butt' Quip


Salon Staff
December 23, 2011 4:00AM (UTC)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner has apologized to first lady Michelle Obama for reportedly saying she has a "big butt."

Sensenbrenner's press secretary says the Republican sent the first lady a personal note and released a statement Thursday saying he regrets his "inappropriate comment."

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Sensenbrenner's office would not release the note.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Sensenbrenner referred to Michelle Obama's "big butt" while talking to church members at a Christmas bazaar at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Hartford earlier this month.

Church member Ann Marsh-Meigs told the newspaper that she heard Sensenbrenner's remarks. She said the 16-term congressman was speaking about the first lady's efforts to combat childhood obesity, and added, "And look at her big butt."

Michelle Obama's press office didn't immediately return a request for comment Thursday.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com


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