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.
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.]