Politico tells the story about a congressman who said something offensive about the First Lady in the presence of some Episcopal Church Women. They hold him accountable.
(Rep. Jim) Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) had made his initial comment about the first lady at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Hartford, Wis. on Dec. 10. Ann Marsh-Meigs, a 72-year-old member of the church, said the congressman sat with her and several other parishioners for some small talk during the church’s Christmas bazaar….
“…And then he got on the topic of first ladies and their special interests, and he said most first ladies have serious projects,” Marsh-Meigs said in an interview. “He implied that Michelle Obama being interested in childhood obesity was not serious, he sort of made fun of it and then he made fun of her. He said something like, look at her big butt.”
Marsh-Meigs, who also shared her account of the discussion with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said she was appalled by the congressman’s comment and told him she thought Obama was a “beautiful and elegant woman.”
“How dumb can you be? I think it’s stupid to talk like that, it’s really rude — it’s the president’s wife,” Marsh-Meigs told POLITICO. “He just assumed everyone sitting at the table would agree with him and think it was funny. I didn’t think it was the least bit funny, and there was sort of a stunned silence. I said, ‘I think Michelle is a beautiful and elegant woman, and she dresses beautifully.’”
Sensenbrenner, Marsh-Meigs said, “sort of backpedaled, and got up rather quickly and left.” A friend of Marsh-Meigs confronted Sensenbrenner as he made his exit and “told him off.”
Marsh-Meigs said she wasn’t surprised by the press Sensenbrenner has received for his remark. “If he hadn’t said such a rude thing, nothing would have happened,” she said.