President Barack Obama’s daughters have been criticized by Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher who is a Republican from Tennessee. According to the representative’s staffer, Sasha and Malia Obama dress without showing respect for their position as being part of the First Family. Lauten wrote on her Facebook page about how she felt the girls looked during the annual presidential turkey address and pardoning event that they were seen at with their father, according to the Daily News on Saturday.
UPDATE: Elizabeth Lauten resigns after criticism for bashing Obama daughters
Lauten not only mentioned that she found the girls’ apparel classless, but she also commented on her perception that the 13-year-old and 16-year-old daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama having a disrespectful attitude. Granted, during the telecast of the event, the girls did produce some smirks and eye rolls. But they aren’t the only ones who find the White House tradition to be corny – for lack of a better term.
Lauten wrote in an open letter to President Obama’s daughters on Facebook:
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. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, 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. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.
As for the apparel that Lauten criticized, on Thursday the girls were basically dressed the way teenage girls dress these days. Sasha was seen wearing a short dress along with a long cardigan, boots and long socks. Malia wore a mini plaid skirt, a sweater, and tights.
After the Facebook post appeared, Lauten was severely criticized by many people on social media, according to Business 2 Community. The traditional behavior in politics is that a politician’s children are off-limits for criticism. Lauten obviously did not respect that unwritten political rule. Following the criticism, she deleted the post and made her Facebook page private rather than public. She also wrote an apology of sorts. She said that she reacted to an article about the event where the two girls appeared and quickly judged the young ladies in a way that she would never have wanted others to judge her when she was a teen.
She wrote, “After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were.” She concluded her follow-up post by saying that her judgmental feelings truly have no place in her heart, says the Huffington Post on Saturday.
On Saturday, Malia and Sasha went shopping with their father on “Small Business Saturday” – without incident. They went to an independent bookstore in the Washington D.C. area – to support the day designed to remind persons to shop at mom-and-pop stores. In line with comparing the Obamas to the Bushes, the Raw Story pointed out a bit of irony. The Bush daughters, one will remember, took a lot of criticism in the past. Ironically, as Lauten suggests the Obama girls are dressed for the bar, Bush’s daughters were linked to critical tales of alcohol. Regardless of the angle of the criticism, again, many find negative comments about any politicians’ young children to be completely off-limits.