Rep. Sensenbrenner Apologizes to First Lady for Personal Remark
Why do people think that politics creates a license to be rude? Further, one would think that one would recognize that such utterances, especially in public, will only lead to trouble for the utterer.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was overheard loudly complaining on the phone in the Delta Lounge at Reagan National Airport outside Washington about Obama’s healthy food initiative.
According to Fishbowl DC, which first reported the lawmaker’s remarks, Sensenbrenner was recounting a recent conversation he’d had at church event in Wisconsin.
Obama, Sensenbrenner said loudly, “lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself.”
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Daniel Bice, Sensenbrenner made a similar remark at the Wisconsin church he was referencing in his phone call, telling attendees there that Obama has a “big butt.”
First, why get all bent out of shape over an initiative to encourage healthier eating (and this isn’t the first time this has come up)? It is not as if we are talking about some sort of authoritarian push to shut down fast food joints and to force us to eat our veggies. Obama’s health food initiative is pretty typical First Lady fare and the notion that the White House would try to plug physical fitness is both bipartisan and time-honored.
Second, why attack someone’s physical appearance? Further, it strikes me as a bit sexist for a male to specifically go after a woman’s rear end.
At a minimum, this is all rather rude and petty. (And, to that end, I would request that commenters not comment on Sensenbrenner’s appearance).