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Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner plans to apologize after accusing the First Lady of having what he deems to be a considerable derriere.
Rep. Sensenbrenner, who is often seen snacking on Cheetohs, was overheard criticizing Michelle Obama's weight and suggesting she is a hypocrite, according to The Associated Press.
“She lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself,” Sensenbrenner was heard saying while on his cell phone.
Sensenbrenner first made the off color remarks while reportedly attending an Episcopal church auction three weeks ago. Sources say that he very loudly and unapologetically made the comments about Mrs. Obama's body.
On Wednesday, the congressman was overheard addressing the same remarks he had made at the church auction while on the phone in a lounge at Reagan National Airport.
The congressman's comments have outraged critics, with many accusing Sensenbrenner of being overweight himself.
Amanda Infield, the congressman's spokeswoman, attempted to defend his controversial comments by saying that he was actually "referring to the First Lady’s healthy food initiative."
"While he may not agree with all of her initiatives, he plans to contact the First Lady’s office to apologize for his comments," Infield wrote.
"He doesn’t think the government should be telling Americans what to eat," she added.
The first lady often receives public praise for having established the "Let's Move" campaign, which she designed to tackle childhood obesity in the U.S.
Since President Barack Obama first began his campaign in 2008, his wife has received widespread acclaim for her unique and flattering fashion choices.
In May, British Vogue applauded the First Lady for her consistently flawless appearance.
Vogue wrote that Mrs. Obama's "often emulated signature style" has "earned comparisons to Jackie Onassis as the chicest First Lady in the White House since the reign of the Kennedys."
It is unclear when Sensenbrenner will issue his apology.