Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal apologized yesterday for forwarding an email referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and comparing her to the Grinch.
The subject line of the email read “Twins separated at birth?” It included side-by-side pictures of Michelle Obama and the Grinch with similarly windswept hair. The forwarded part of the email reads,
“I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”
O’Neal forwarded the email to House Republicans and added the text, “Sorry, just had to forward the latest holiday message! I’ve had worse hair days but this is pretty funny.”
He said Thursday he was sorry to those he offended, adding that he missed the text in the body of the email. He said, however, that the picture “made me laugh.” Earlier his communications director defended him, saying that political cartoons are a “part of American culture.”
This incident comes shortly after Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner apologized to the First Lady for saying that she had a “large posterior” and “big butt.”
My question is, since when are all the attacks on the first lady justified? What has she done (other than being married to the first black president *smirk*) that qualifies all of these blatant, sexually offensive, crude, racist attacks on her as of recent? Politics has never been a clean arena, but now its just downright tasteless.