Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Congressman Steve Fincher, probably won’t be on the Obamas’ Thanksgiving invitation list next year.
Lauten, the spokeswoman for the Tennessee Republican House member, snarked in a Facebook post last week at the president’s teenage daughters, 13 year-old Sasha and 16 year-old Malia, for their casual clothes and seemingly bored looks during the annual presidential turkey pardon held at the White House just before Thanksgiving.
“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 posted.
“Then again, (your) mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” she said. “So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”
Lauten’s post however was quickly ridiculed by many social media commentators, who called for her firing, and noted that typically, a president’s family is off-limits from politics, though that didn’t stop some from attacking then-President George W. Bush’s daughters Jenna and Barbara for their alleged nonstop partying, as well as President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton’s less-than -stellar performance as an NBC News correspondent while earning $ 600,000 a year.
Nevertheless, Lauten, who has worked for Purple Strategies as a social media manager, various Republican campaigns and causes and as an editor and reporter for her school newspaper at East Carolina University, posted an apology on Facebook a short time later, saying she “quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager.”
“After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and rereading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were. Please know, those judgmental feelings truly have no place in my heart,” she said in her Facebook apology.