Congressional Aide Elizabeth Lauten took to social media this weekend after the annual White House tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving. The First Daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, were present at the ceremony and, as the Washington Post said “looked bored, exasperated or just. . . teenager-ly.”
Lauten, the communications director for Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher, posted on Facebook several comments on the President’s daughters, the First Lady, and the President himself.
The deleted post said “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.”
Lauten continued, saying “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.”
Lauten went on to advise the girls, saying, “Rise to the occasion and act like being in the White House matters to you” and “dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar”
Lauten later removed the post and expressed regret for her words in a public apology, and 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.”
Lauten officially resigned on Monday and commented, “I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager.” Lauten’s boss, Congressman Stephen Fincher, has not commented on his assistant’s behavior.
Many other parties within the Communications world commented on Lauten’s remarks. According to the Boston Globe, Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, tweeted Monday that “children, especially the first daughters, are off limits.”