Congressional Staffer Resigns After Criticizing Obama Girls
You can criticize a lot of people in the White House, but President Obama’s daughters are off limits.
Sasha and Malia Obama attended the annual White House turkey pardoning last week, but was critiqued on their demeanor by a Congressional communications director Elizabeth Lauten, according to ABC News.
Lauten wrote on Facebook, “Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class.”
She later posted, “At least respect the part you play. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”
Lauten immediately caught her own criticism from other social media outlets for her comments on the teens, and deleted the posts.
She then wrote an apology online, which she sent to ABC News in an attempt to put out the social media fire she started.
She said, “After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were. I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.”
Well, the apology apparently wasn’t enough to save her job, as she resigned from her communications director position today for Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn.
You can see the video of the girls for yourself here, but to me, the Obama girls looked like any teenage girl. This was just another case of politicians blowing something out of proportion.