O’Neal had initially tried to defend his actions, but relented yesterday and apologized to the First Lady:
The email, first reported today by the Lawrence Journal-World, has pictures comparing Mrs. Obama to the Grinch because of their similarly wind-blown hair.
“Sorry, just had to forward this latest holiday message,” O’Neal wrote. “I’ve had worse hair days, but this is pretty funny.”
The forwarded email goes on to state: “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacaton — at our expense, of course,” the Journal-World reported this afternoon.
A spokeswoman for O’Neal confirmed the email message, saying it was sent from his personal email account to a “select few” members of the House.
In their statement originally justifying the message his office said, “Political cartoons are a part of American culture.” Yesterday O’Neal apologized in tepid terms, saying, “To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not at all my intent.”
The incident comes just weeks after Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) apologized to the First Lady for saying she had “big butt.”