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US politician to apologise for criticising Michelle Obama's 'large posterior'

December 23, 2011 - London

A US congressman has landed himself in trouble after making ungentlemanly remarks about Michelle Obama's derriere.

Jim Sensenbrenner went so far as to suggest that Barack Obama's wife was setting a bad example for children because her bottom was too big.

The portly Republican, who is a well-known fan of unhealthy snack foods, alleged that the 47-year-old was being hypocritical with her 'Let's move' campaign to tackle childhood Obesity.

He was overheard making the comments during a mobile phone conversation while waiting at Washington DC's Reagan National Airport.

Speaking very loudly, the 68-year-old said that he had been attending a church auction three weeks ago when a woman came up to him and praised the lawyer, after which he apparently offered his own comments.

"She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself," the Daily Mail quoted Sensenbrenner as saying.

The wife of the 44th President of the US has long been an advocate of healthy living and is admired for her toned biceps, which she maintains with lengthy daily workouts.

After the Republican's comments were reported, his spokesman said that Sensenbrenner would be contacting Michelle Obama to apologise.

"Mr Sensenbrenner was referring to the First Lady's healthy food initiative," she said.

"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 apologise for his comments," she added.

The First Lady has not yet commented on the remarks.


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