BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - What should have been a fun moment with the President has turnedinto something of a nightmare for Luann Haley. She talked with News4 and wants the world to know she meant no harm by her comment.
Haley said, "That he was a hottie with a smokin' littlebody."
When Luann Haley said those words to the President Thursday athis Buffalo chicken wing stop at Duff's, it didn't seem to botherthe President, who gave her a hug and joked that the First Ladymight be watching on television.
"It was great. Never did I think I would be speaking or huggingthe President. I didn't mean anything by my comment. It was all infun. We were all having fun and I'm sorry that people took it outof character," said Haley.
But Jay Leno used the quip in his monologue and some of theworld press picked up the playful moment as a step beyond goodtaste. Suddenly, a wonderful experience turned negative, making herfeel:
Haley said, "Very, very uncomfortable. I didn't sleep lastnight. My phone hasn't stopped ringin'."
Western New Yorkers supportive of Luann Haley said the Presidentmight have expected people here to express themselves in astraightforward way. After all, Buffalo has been called "The Cityof No Illusions."
George Struebel said, "I think you're talking Buffalo the cityof real people, and it doesn't get much more real than that!"
Marion Smith said, "Years ago, you wouldn't have said that to aPresident. He got the top job in the world, but he's a fun kind ofPresident, so I think he taking it in good stride."
"It's a day I won't forget. We have tons of pictures and we alltalked about it at work today. It was a lot of fun. I'll neverforget it," said Haley.
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