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U.S. Lawmaker’s Aide Draws Ire Over First Daughter Scolding

U.S. Lawmaker’s Aide Draws Ire Over First Daughter Scolding

Washington (AFP) – A U.S. lawmaker’s communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama’s daughters prompted widespread anger.

Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and 13, for looking bored while attending a public event with their father on Wednesday.

In the post, since deleted but widely reproduced in screen grabs, Lauten tells the girls to “try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play.”

The girls stood beside Obama — looking vaguely bored — as he issued the annual Thanksgiving turkey “pardon,” saving two birds from the dinner table.

The underwhelmed expressions of the teenaged sisters sparked mainly amused comment, but Lauten’s remarks were notably more caustic.

“Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” Lauten wrote in her post.

“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,” she added, apparently referring to the girls’ short skirts.

The post quickly drew ire on Twitter and elsewhere, with many calling for Lauten to be fired, even after Lauten deleted it and posted an apology.

“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 wrote on Facebook, also widely reproduced before she made her page private.

“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,” she added.

Star Jones, a lawyer and television personality, was among those unimpressed. “I’ve seen tacky people…but rarely seen someone as tacky as # ElizabethLauten for slamming the children of the # POTUS,” she tweeted.

Many directed their tweets to Lauten’s boss, as the hashtag #FireElizabethLauten went viral.

One commenter, whose username is Eclectic John, wrote: ” @ RepFincherTN08 There is nothing that excuses what # ElizabethLauten posted re the children of our President. That’s off limits. Fire her now.”

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

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  • TZToronto

    People make mistakes–but this is nothing but thinly veiled racism. Should she be fired? Unfortunately, if she is fired it probably won’t be because of what she wrote but rather because it embarrasses her boss and the Republican Party.

    • hicusdicus

      Racism? Which half the black half or the white half?

      • Gayle1942

        In the mind of a racist, there is no “half” when it comes to race. If you have even one gene of African ancestry, in America, that makes you black.

  • annienoel

    I’m still trying to figure out what was wrong with what the girls were wearing. She obviously has not been in any High School lately. AND when will people stop saying”if I offended you.” You did offend people not if. Not only were you offensive you were ignorant. Better pray some more. Cause you need to find a job.

    • JPHALL

      Do not worry. She will get another Republican job pretty soon. The base loves that stuff.

      • neeceoooo

        We will see her on Fox news within the month.

        • JPHALL

          So true!
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  • FT66

    Wow! there is a strange virus which has no name and is going on in people’s heads nowadays. What is wrong with this woman? Why did she attack the kids? Poor them, they know nothing about politics, they don’t make any money and go and buy whatever they prefer to have, growing in the White House they never got a chance passingby any place called: “A BAR”. Why all these insulting words to them? Quitting the job is not enough. She must be sued as well, as she has disturbed the harmony of these young teens for no any wrong-doing.

    • hicusdicus

      Maybe she should be stoned or maybe she was stoned. I know, lets stone her for being a stoner. We could all burn a bowl while we watched.

      • FT66

        Good advice. she is lucky stoning is not allowed in this country. If it was, this woman would be praying for all angels she could think of in this small world of ours.

  • Linda

    Did anyone see her so called appology on Fox . She was irate that what she said about the girls overshadowed her “malicious insults,” to the President and First Lady . She was proud of her insults of the President and First Lady not appologetic at all . This woman who claims she prayed over what she said needs an exorcist to get those evil demons out of her head ( joke). Seriously though there are far too many of these hateful ,vile right wing christians spewing the same garbage day in and day out. Have they all lost their minds ? I think they have !

    • hicusdicus

      What if they are correct? I will say that the bible nonsense they spew is even worse.

    • plc97477

      I hate to be the one to say it but asking if they all lost their minds assumes they had minds at some time. It has been many years if at all.

  • Ed Ingraham

    As Jefferson noted in his 1776 Constitution for the Commonwealth of Virginia: No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.