Luann Haley, now known as "The Buffalo Cougar"

*Luann Haley, the 45-year-old Buffalo woman who told President Obama he was a “hottie with a smokin’ little body,” spent part of her 15 minutes of fame speaking with NBC’s Buffalo affiliate WGRZ-TV to explain what possessed her to say such a thing to the President — and then tell his wife to “eat your heart out.” [Watch video below.]

Haley, who is a Republican, works for the U.S. Department of Education in an office next door to Duff’s Famous Wings in suburban Cheektowaga. When she and her co-workers saw a lot of security gathering at the restaurant next door, they rushed over, figuring they might get to meet the president.

She admits being the type of person who says whatever is on her mind and is always looking for a laugh. So when Obama greeted her while working the crowd, she blurted out, “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.”

Luann Haley gets a hug from President Obama

Everybody thought it was pretty funny, including the president.

“He laughed, and then he said we need to take a picture because we’ve got to send this back to Michelle,” Haley told WGRZ. “So I yelled, ‘Eat your heart out, Michelle.’ ”

Haley got a good hug from the commander in chief, after which she told the station, “I could feel his ribs. He’s got to put on a few pounds. He’s a little skinny.”

It was all in good fun for about an hour – until her quote was reported by the White House pool reporter yesterday afternoon and beamed instantly across the media and throughout the far reaches of cyberspace.

“The Internet has a lot of nasty things on it about me and I didn’t mean any harm. I’m no home wrecker,” Haley told WGRZ. “I was just trying to be funny, and I almost regret that now. 

“For once I’m at a loss for words.”