CHEEKTOWGA, NY (WKBW) -- It was a once in a lifetime encounter. "I never in a million years thought I would be in the same area as the President, let alone...hugging him." Haley tells Eyewitness News.
Haley says she was just excited when she uttered that now famous line at Duff's on Thursday."I said you're a hottie with a smoking little body. And he said, 'Well, thank you'. "
Luann also got a picture with the President where she told the First Lady Michelle to "eat your heart out." Luann's friends laughed. The President left. And that's when the nightmare began.
Luann says she can't go home because the national media is hounding her. "It's been non-stop. They found out where I live. I did not sleep at all, my phone is ringing non-stop." The bloggers, she says, have been especially vicious. "I was called Monica Lewinsky. I never meant to hurt anybody or get my 15 minutes of fame. That's not what it was about."
"I guess I'm not proud of it today but I'm not ashamed...I'm embarrassed is what I am."
Her family tells us they are hurt by the negative attention, and people who know Luann understand that the comments were all in good fun. "It was absolutely nothing negative, just out of good nature. Someone who has great personality would take this and laugh, not turn this into a negative situation."