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Washington - Lawmaker's Aide Draws Ire Over Facebook Rant About Obama's Daughters

Published on: November 30, 2014 09:25 PM
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President Barack Obama (3-R) pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey named 'Cheese' (C), beside his daughters Sasha (2-R) and Malia (R), and National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper (2-L) of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, and his son Cole Cooper (L), in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 26 November 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDSPresident Barack Obama (3-R) pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey named 'Cheese' (C), beside his daughters Sasha (2-R) and Malia (R), and National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper (2-L) of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, and his son Cole Cooper (L), in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 26 November 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Washington - A US 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.

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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.”



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 Nov 30, 2014 at 09:41 PM Anonymous Says:

In today's day & age you can't speak the truth .The more twisted , the more accepted .

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 09:46 PM yaakov doe Says:

I was shocked when I saw the photo. Certainly the daughters of a President should dress in a more dignified way especially for a photo opp. That's a look from the streets for the streets not befitting daughters of any public figure

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM charliehall Says:

Lauten had previously worked for Congressman Joe Walsh, who had had a history of not paying his taxes, not paying his child support, and not paying his car insurance (while continuing to drive).

Yet she complains about the Obama girls? Republican Family Values!

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM Boochie Says:

I don't get what's wrong with the comment

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM Realistic Says:

Reply to #4  
Boochie Says:

I don't get what's wrong with the comment

The picture is wrong, and the comment is OK, as long as she would first condemn 90% of the woman in US, beginning with Fox news.

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Boochie Says:

I don't get what's wrong with the comment

If I posted a message that Boochie's daughters looked like kurvahs, would you say I am entitled to my opinion? The woman who posted this has a record of racist comments and whose personal life and morality are equally challenged. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with her comments.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 01:40 AM sylmoss Says:

Reply to #3  
charliehall Says:

Lauten had previously worked for Congressman Joe Walsh, who had had a history of not paying his taxes, not paying his child support, and not paying his car insurance (while continuing to drive).

Yet she complains about the Obama girls? Republican Family Values!

what does it matter what her boss did??
She is not responsible for her bosses behavior
and she is a thousand percent correct !
these girls are not dressed appropriately!
If you are going to put them out to be viewed by the public then make sure they are appropriately dressed and act appropriately so as not to draw any negative or ill feelings. They are meant to be role models. .
It's sad that she had to apologize .. it's insane actually...
if you say something about this family you are guilty of treason
but when this family makes a mockery of this whole country the world is silent.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 07:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
sylmoss Says:

what does it matter what her boss did??
She is not responsible for her bosses behavior
and she is a thousand percent correct !
these girls are not dressed appropriately!
If you are going to put them out to be viewed by the public then make sure they are appropriately dressed and act appropriately so as not to draw any negative or ill feelings. They are meant to be role models. .
It's sad that she had to apologize .. it's insane actually...
if you say something about this family you are guilty of treason
but when this family makes a mockery of this whole country the world is silent.

It's an example of kal v'chomer— if she is bothered by how two young girls are dressed, she should have been outraged by her boss's behavior. Just because he was a congressman doesn't mean that he is above the law. By the way, I wonder what she thought of Bush's drunk daughters.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 07:29 AM Anonymous Says:

If you have something to say about the President say it. If you have something to say about the President's daughters shut up. They are teen age girls.

You don't like the way they are dressed? What are you the NY Times Fashion critic?

Leave them alone.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 08:49 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Commenting on what a woman wears is simply gossip and seldom does any good anyway.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 09:15 AM huvsa Says:

They're dressed fine for American teenagers of 2014, and they don't look "bored." This rant is obnoxious and over the top, and believe me I'm not such a fan of this administration. Look at photos of the British royal family. Do they look "fascinated," and "riveted" at state occasions? Leave the kids out of it, for goodness' sake.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 10:14 AM Redleg Says:

Irrespective of of one's opinion of president Obama's performance in office, snarky comments about his teenage daughters are way beyond the pale. The Obamas, unlike the Mayor of New York, do not present their children to the public eye nor do the children do anything to call attention to themselves. Editorial comment may certainly be applied to the President and to any First Lady that presents a public persona. Leave the kids alone, though.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 12:12 PM charliehall Says:

Reply to #7  
sylmoss Says:

what does it matter what her boss did??
She is not responsible for her bosses behavior
and she is a thousand percent correct !
these girls are not dressed appropriately!
If you are going to put them out to be viewed by the public then make sure they are appropriately dressed and act appropriately so as not to draw any negative or ill feelings. They are meant to be role models. .
It's sad that she had to apologize .. it's insane actually...
if you say something about this family you are guilty of treason
but when this family makes a mockery of this whole country the world is silent.

"She is not responsible for her bosses behavior "

She was his press secretary. Her job was to defend her boss's behavior.

The idea that the Obama girls' deserve such vitriol but a congressman who pays neither his taxes, nor his child support, nor his car insurance gets defended is an example of the perverted morality that the Republicans are forcing on America today.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 12:13 PM charliehall Says:

Reply to #5  
Realistic Says:

The picture is wrong, and the comment is OK, as long as she would first condemn 90% of the woman in US, beginning with Fox news.

She just resigned her job and will probably land a new job as the fashion critic for Faux News.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 04:30 PM Rafuel Says:

Reply to #12  
Redleg Says:

Irrespective of of one's opinion of president Obama's performance in office, snarky comments about his teenage daughters are way beyond the pale. The Obamas, unlike the Mayor of New York, do not present their children to the public eye nor do the children do anything to call attention to themselves. Editorial comment may certainly be applied to the President and to any First Lady that presents a public persona. Leave the kids alone, though.

"The Obamas [...] do not present their children to the public eye..."

Are you serious? Scroll up to the picture. If parading floozies in training on national TV is not "in public," then the phrase "in public" has no meaning.

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