Elizabeth Lauten blatantly expressed her dislike of the outfits worn by the President’s daughters Malia and Sasha Obama during the traditional turkey pardoning event recently held at the White House. Lauten, a GOP staffer, criticized the girls as lacking class in a post on she made on Facebook. As a result of her comments, she received a tremendous amount of backlash from media outlets and people across the nation.
Lauten’s role within the GOP is as a communications director for congressman Steven Fincher (R-Tenn). However, the once very prominent media director for the Republican National Committee caused eyebrows to raise in response to her offensive comments against the First Family. She learned quickly that publicly making coruscating remarks about the Obama girls is not a wise move—-especially when considering that the GOP staff member serves in a highly recognizable government position where reputation is everything.
Malia, 16, and her sister Sasha, 13, were harshly criticized by Lauten on Thanksgiving, which is paradoxically recognized foremost as a day of giving thanks, not insults. Lauten implied that the girls were ungrateful and failed to recognize their responsibility to the nation as First Daughters. She also sniped at the teen-aged girls’ body language and attitudes of indifference during their appearance at dad President Obama’s annual turkey pardoning and National Thanksgiving address.
Hundreds of readers that saw Lauten’s initial Facebook-post, which has since been deleted, became so out raged with her words that they demanded that she lose her job and countered her harsh comments with their own site at #FireElizabethLauten hashtag. Others referred to her remarks as a “cyper-bulleying-Facebook-post.”
While President Obama was handling reporters, pardoning 2 turkeys named Mac and Cheese, both 48 weeks old, weighing 48-49 pounds each, and being accompanied by his teenage daughters during the annual Pardoning speech, Lauten developed her own take what she thought was inappropriate with regards to the Obama girls’ affect and style. It was reported that Lauten’s wrath against the girls initially resulted after she read an article linked to Facebook from an online source called Mad World News. The conservative news journal quetched about the Obama daughters unleashing their irritation at President Obama’s traditional and very cheesy pre-Thanksgiving turkey pardoning address.
With angry readers escalating throughout web, Lauten’s was also severely criticized for her Facebook post that included coarse remarks against President Obama, his wife and their daughters sullen facial expressions during the event. In her Facebook post, she outwardly criticized the girls and directly told them to “at least [make an effort] to respect the part you play [as first daughters].” She implied the girls showed no class. She attacked Malia and Sasha’s outfits. “Dress [as] if you deserve respect [and] not [for] a spot at [the] bar,” which caused some critics to ask why is she discussing 13 and 16-year-old girls being at a bar.
According to reports, Malia did wear a traditional outfit suitable for a First Daughter. She wore a grey sweater and a plaid mini-kilt with black tights underneath. Sasha wore a short burgundy dress with a cream-colored cardigan that matched her socks worn over bare legs. Most commentators reported humorously on what they saw as the uninterested expressions of Malia and Sasha throughout the ceremony. Reporters addressed the girls’ body language as harmless as far as teenage behaviors go–nothing more than a “really dad, this turkey pardoning thing is getting old real quick,” type of attitude. Malia and Sasha are among the youngest presidential children at the White House in years and may be unaware that the turkey pardoning tradition began with President Ulysses Grant in 1873.
The President and First Lady were berated for not respecting the nation or their positions of leadership. This was perhaps the most damaging part of Lauten’s Facebook-post. Lauten refereed to the President and First Lady as poor role models for the girls, the White House and the nation.
After being criticized from online readers and media outlets across the nation for the virile Facebook-post Lauten soon deleted it. She may have temporarily forgotten she, too, was once a teenager. She has since apologized for her comments with claims that judgmental feelings have no place in her heart and hours of prayer have shown her what she did was wrong and insensitive. Whether her apology is enough to save her reputation and her job remains to be seen.
By D’wayne Stanelli
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