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G.O.P. Aide Who Told Obama Daughters To 'Show A Little Class' Resigns!

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Be careful what you post on Facebook! Elizabeth Lauten learned that the hard way over the holidays.

Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn), came under fire when she criticized Sasha and Malia Obama's demeanor at President Obama's annual turkey pardon on social media.

Her (now deleted) Facebook post read:

"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. 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."

After receiving backlash from commenters across the political spectrum, the G.O.P. aide issued an apology statement.

"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."

Apparently, the criticism became so intense that Lauten resigned from her job on Monday.

Talking about the children of presidents is pretty much off-limits for the media; the press usually allows them to grow up normally. But, there have been exceptions. During the early years of Bill Clinton's administration, Rush Limbaugh compared a then 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton's looks to a dog's.

[ Related: Bill Clinton Opens Up About Being A Grandfather ]

The Obama daughters have been largely unreported on, except for their attendance at White House press events or a Beyonce concert.

Over the holiday weekend, Malia, 16 and Sasha, 13, worked at a food shelter, welcomed the White House Christmas tree, and went shopping on Small Business Day.

[Image via AP Images.]

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27 comments to “G.O.P. Aide Who Told Obama Daughters To 'Show A Little Class' Resigns!”

  1. WAHHHHHHHHHH says – reply to this


    i wonder if all the people who made fun of the bush and palin kids have resigned…..fuck the liberals!

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    I'm glad she resigned, not only because of what she said is how she said it. Like this racist undertone. Ugh, it makes me so sick. She just seems to have issues aside from the Obama girls dressing down. Now with all that being said…..I had a similar reaction upon first viewing the picture before having read anything negative about it. Like seriously, Obama, and Michelle? your girls are the daughters of the president of the united states. Think you could do a wardrobe check on the girls before they step in front of national tv. I'm sorry. I'm all for kids being kids, But I'm also big on prepping your children to behave and dress accordingly to special events and gatherings. The second one isnt so bad, but the first one with a choker, and mini skirt, socks and combat boots? really, girl?? really? c'mon??!!

  3. Barbara says – reply to this


    what happened to free speech.

  4. anna says – reply to this


    Agree fully with pollopicu. Her comments were in bad taste but so were their outfits.

  5. HALES47 says – reply to this


    She was right. They are dressed inappropriately, particularly the one on the left. I can't believe Obama and Michelle allowed that. It reflects just as poorly on them as it does on the girls (if not more so). I would hope these girls have been taught some sort of etiquette, at least in terms of how to act and carry oneself in formal situations… although, it appears not. I surely was far more stoic and socially aware as a teenager and I wasn't in the spotlight. Also, the G.O.P. was right in her opinion and entitled to it. Starting to wonder about the validity of free speech. In my opinion she simply stated a fact that everyone thought when first seeing those girls. The parents deserve some of the blame, but those girls are old enough to know better. They CAN and SHOULD be held accountable for their inappropriate behavior. They are in the spotlight, their dad is president, they have responsibilities because of this, whether they like it or not.

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    btw I'm an Obama supporter.

  7. Me says – reply to this


    I wait with bated breath for all these entertainment sites/democrat propaganda asskisser a who based the bush and Palin girls—personal attacks not at their clothes–to resign. In the meantime, the race baiting asskissers have missed the memo about the white guy in St. Louis beaten to death with a hammer by 2 black teens. Congrats! You built that!

  8. Seriously says – reply to this


    Everyone critiquing the girls are just as bad as this women. Right next to her. It was Thanksgiving, they are teenagers that didn't choose to be in the spotlight. They have their own style and personalities. How did you feel when your mother governed every piece of clothing you wore- it's awful, you feel like you can't be yourself. I think that as adults we cross the line. Our opinion is our own, but keep it tasteful. Realize that critiquing young teenagers is part of the problem today. We pick on them and then expect for them to always want to pick themselves up again, that behavior from adults doesn't help build a bright future for the younger generation it darkens it. Stick to your own children because those are the only ones you truly have power over molding and growing. Honestly, if they were just regular kids hanging out in their house on a holiday in those clothes no words would be said but shine some spotlight on them and people forget they are kids. They're human beings just like the rest of us.

  9. MH says – reply to this


    Ok, so I don't agree that you should criticise children regardless of who their parents are (sigh, even North West - although I criticise her parents for the shabby way they dress her… but that is another topic) - I do think there may have been a point hidden in an agenda here.

    I am not American, nor have any interest in politics, but in my very humble opinion they are not dressed very nicely - something befitting the occasion - and in line with what their dad is wearing. Would it kill them to wear a nice dress or something in the vein of what a royal would wear to that sort of thing, or what one might wear to church. Hmmm… anyway.

  10. shaygirl says – reply to this


    they're liberals they could wear those skirts up to their ass and no one would say a word. just two years people and these low-lifes disappear.

  11. MichJB says – reply to this


    They were watching their dad pardon a turkey… for the fifth or sixth time. Having had a teenage daughter, I'm not going to nitpick the outfits they are wearing for this ridiculous event. The Adult staffer wasn't even directing her venom at the girls - it was a hate filled tirade at the President and First Lady. Good riddance.

  12. 12

    ask this fucking traitor of the united states to go fuck herself. fuck republicans. fuck conservatives. fucking traitors. fucking fascists.

  13. 13

    Re: Barbara – free speech should at least include some thinking before vomiting bull shit. that's plain bullying, low class gop behavior.

  14. blind and deaf says – reply to this


    Re: Alexima – Yeah… another queer-powertrip delirium…

    While Republicans are the strict door by which a part of all the evilness disguised as a sort of fascist patriotism can enter into this country. Democrats do not give its place! They serve to bring the other kind of evilness by the sweet door for a moral laxity.

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    Re: Alexima – Did you also speak out against liberals making fun of the Bush twins or Sarah Palin's children?

  16. Whadaya Mean says – reply to this


    Re: Barbara – Nothing happened to free speech. She is perfectly free to say whatever she wants. However, she is not immune to what happens after she says it. The same with everyone else. And to the nitwit who uses the Bush twins and the Palin kids - yes, there were liberals who spoke out about it and who abhor when anyone uses the kids in politics. It's low and disgusting and should be off limits. This slug of a woman probably hasn't got a teenager or never had one. If she did, she'd know they are simply like normal teenagers having to do something they don't want to. And to the person who said she was more "stoic and socially aware as a teenager" good for you - you get the gold star today sweetie. You're so special.

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


    People on both sides need to grow up, get a grip and stop being so touchy; sticks and stones and all that, and RESIGNING for that was ridiculous and just more over the top. I'm pretty sure the Obama girls just shrugged, as it should be. Over reactions everywhere to everything has me grabbing good books to read rather than watch the constant eye rolling partisan drama displays these days.
    “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.
    - John Lydgate

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    Re: pollopicu – Sorry for you. Started to type a nice long reply but the darn server reset. And I am a registered Democrat.

  19. 19

    Re: Alexima – Do you eat with that mouth?

  20. milIca says – reply to this


    well she is right!!!
    And why do you people thing that everything has racist undertone?
    They dress slopy, she is right when she sad that they have to respect position that they have in America!

  21. Endo says – reply to this


    Keeping in mind that we are all entitled to our own opinions, I will share my point of view on this article.
    I do agree with what was said about the President & the First lady allowing their daughters to be dressed down for a public appearance. It is very distasteful and all though the girls did not chose to be in the spot light they unfortunately have parents that did & have to be at most presentable for events. They (the adults involved) were all aware they would have their daughters on television & should have put more effort in dressing them a bit more appropriate. If my children need to attend special events with me I do not allow them to go in weekend clothing. Now with that said, I saw comments below about racism and that’s ludicrous it doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is you are the daughters of the President of the United States of America. No one should have allowed them to dress this way. Our President & First lady have this we are so down to earth like the entire world attitude that they probably did agree to allow them to wear these horrendous outfits. They most likely felt they would make the nation relate to them more. We need not relate to them we are not the children of a President. We need to show the nation the world that there is class and respect and it all has to start with the First family. Do not try to be a regular civilian you are not, I would fire whoever the stylist for the girls is.

  22. Aundre says – reply to this


    Oh, no! They way they've dressed this one time has defined their personalities and tiers of classiness! Let's riot! Since we know them.

  23. 23

    Jackie Kennedy must be spinning in her grave her children from infants on up were always impeccably dressed! As daughters of the President of the United States you do not appear at a public function with a pissed look on your face nor do you wear socks and work boots to a public function! class? I'm surprised they weren't texting while their father was doing his thing.

  24. alexima says – reply to this


    Re: Mad Dog – i spoke against bush’s spawn of idiot talking shit about obama repealing “ don’t ask don’t tell” and i also spoke against sarah palin’s spawn of evil talking shit about giving equal rights to sexual minorities… republicans are traitors and evil, they are DOMESTIC ENEMIES, and we musth fight against domestic enemies as well!

  25. alexima says – reply to this


    those girls are just gorgeous and fashionable in their teen ways! haters will hate…

  26. hypocrisy says – reply to this


    Carol Costello still has her job with CNN after making fun of Sarah Palin's daughter for being attacked.

  27. Krystal says – reply to this


    I see nothing wrong with their outfits. They're teens growing into their own with their own style. Its like you people want them in a dress suit and pearls. Get real. And yes, I agree there are definitely racist undertones. I'm pretty sure if the Bush twins had worn something similar (which they probably have in the past) all of the conservatives wouldn't say a word.