GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Blasted For Comments About Sasha and Malia Obama
The communications director for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee is under fire for a Facebook post that mocked Sasha and Malia Obama, and slammed the First Daughters for appearing disinterested at a Thanksgiving event last week. See photo right and below.
On Wednesday, the girls joined their dad President Obama at the annual White House ceremony where turkeys are pardoned before the holiday. Sasha and Malia, ages 13 and 16, respectively, were videotaped and photographed rolling their eyes and making faces throughout the proceedings.
Most people wrote it off as typical teen behavior, despite their unusual lifestyle, but Rep. Fincher’s staffer Elizabeth Lauten went a lot further, blasting Sasha and Malia in a since-deleted Facebook post. Lauten wrote that the teens should “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, so I’m guessing you you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department,” she continued. Lauten went on, “Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
The backlash was swift enough for Lauten to post an apology hours later, but she later deleted that as well. In the post, however, Lauten explained that she had read an article about the Obama girls and “quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted myself as a teenager.” Lauten noted that “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 hasn’t commented about the issue again, and neither has her boss Fincher. Nevertheless, the controversy surrounding her marks rages on, making “#ElizabethLauten” a trending topic on Twitter on Sunday with streams of critical comments pouring in. Check out Lauten’s full remarks below. What do you think of the situation?