U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is garnering national attention for comments he made about First Lady Michelle Obama Wednesday while talking on a cell phone at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
Referring to Obama's efforts to get children to eat healthy, the Republican was overheard saying, "She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself," according to the blog FishBowl DC.
The blog said Sensenbrenner was talking on his cell phone about an incident he said occurred three weeks ago while at an Episcopal church auction. Sensenbrenner was overheard by a "Democratic operative" saying that after buying all their “crap,” a woman approached him and praised Obama. It was then that he made his comment about her figure, FishBowl reported.
Several media outlets made note of Sensenbrenner's large size and thought it ironic that he was making comments about Obama's figure.
A spokeswoman for Sensenbrenner said the congressman planned to apologize to Obama for his remarks, telling FishBowl DC:
"Mr. Sensenbrenner was referring to the First Lady’s healthy food initiative. 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."
Sensenbrenner represents Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District, which includes Milwaukee's North Shore, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, Sussex, Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Port Washington. His writes a column, " that is a regular feature on Patch sites in his district.