Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen apologized Thursday to Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, for criticizing her choice to be a stay-at-home mother — but not before sparking a political firestorm with her remarks.

“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen said in statement.

Rosen’s comments drew condemnation from all corners, including from President Obama, who called the remarks “ill-advised.”

“There is no tougher job than being a mom,” Obama told a TV station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “And when I think about what (my wife) has had to do, when I think about my own mom, a single mother raising me and my sister, that’s work.

“So, anybody who would argue otherwise I think probably needs to re-think their statement. More broadly, I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates.”

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