An Elizabeth Lauten, Sasha, and Malia drama is unfolding this week. Do Sasha and Malia Obama lack a sense of class? During President Obama’s recent Thanksgiving speech, GOP aide Elizabeth Lauten took to her Facebook account to post that the girls had “disrespect” and demonstrated little class while their father was talking to the U.S. public. Apparently, the Congressional staffer was calling the girls out on their bored faces and choice of dress for the occasion, but Jezebel News reported this Saturday, November 29, 2014, that Lauten has since apologized for the remark.
Some people are saying that Elizabeth Lauten, after a Sasha, Malia jab online, should even be fired. In a Facebook post that angered many, President Obama’s two daughters — Sasha Obama and Malia Obama — were criticized by Elizabeth Lauten this week online. Lauten serves as a GOP staffer, and she allegedly wrote that the girls lacked class and respect following their presidential father’s recent White House speech. The reason for the surprising accusations, asks the press release? The two girls apparently had unprofessional facial expressions and skirts that were a little bit too short for such an appearance.
Criticism to her own comments were quickly forthcoming. Lauten soon began receiving some harsh backlash of her own for the message. People began calling the GOP aide out on saying that her Facebook post displayed disrespect in and of itself, noting that it is nothing out of ordinary for teen girls to look disinterested with the proceedings at one point or another. While a couple of the photos showcasing President Obama and his daughters behind him angered Lauten — thinking Sasha and Malia lacked class — the political figure must have missed the other snapshots of the girls smiling and seeming quite engaged in the speech.
There is apparently a call out now for the staffer to be canned. Soon after she posted the message and received some personal criticism for it, Elizabeth Lauten backed down and tried to say sorry for her claim on Facebook. The Inquisitr News shares more on the “Elizabeth Lauten, Sasha, Malia” debacle, adding that she attempted to fix any potential “damage” that she caused in her accusations. The GOP aide noted that she was judging the girls too harshly, and a single photo does not insinuate disrespect or a lack of appreciation for the matter at hand.
“I wanted to take a minute and apologize for a post I made on Facebook earlier today judging Sasha and Malia Obama at the annual White House turkey pardoning ceremony,” she said. The woman seemed genuine in her words.
Elizabeth Lauten went on to say that the experience changed her significantly, prompting her public apology. The Congressional staffer went on to acknowledge that her temper had gotten a little too heated in the matter, and she had likely “picked on” the Obama girls when it was not right. Not Sasha nor Malia demonstrated any wrongful or impolite behavior to their father, President Obama, nor any one else at the public gathering for the Turkey Day pardon speech.
“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. Please know, those judgmental feelings truly have no place in my heart. Furthermore, 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.”
Where do you stand on the controversial incident? While many say that the apology will suffice, others still saw GOP aide Elizabeth Lauter’s post toward Sasha and Malia as being disrespectful and lacking class in and of itself. The original statement on Facebook has since been deleted. Says one online writer, Demetria Lucas, “Ma’am! Was that a scolding on what constitutes class from the spokeswoman of an elected official as she publicly blasting minors on her Facebook page? Are you behaving with class when you over-analyze and insult teenage girls?” Do you agree with the frustrated feedback against Lauten? Was she right to apologize for her Facebook message regarding the Obama girls?