The public option is “about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake,” House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) said Thursday.

Boehner inadvertently invited the public to lobby him in support of the government-run healthcare plan endorsed by the Democratic leadership.

“I’m still trying to find the first American to talk to who’s in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration. I’ve not talked to one, and I get to a lot of places and I’ve not had anyone come up to me — I know I’m inviting it — and lobby for the public option,” Boehner said.

“This thing (the public option) is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake,” Boehner added, noting that he had not consumed such a milkshake.