Congressional aide resigns after comments about Obama daughters
(CBS) – The Congressional aide who faced backlash after criticizing President Obama’s daughters Friday on Facebook is resigning from her post as communications director for Tennessee Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher.
GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten’s comments stemmed from the White House turkey pardoning ceremony, a quaint Washington tradition. Judging by the body language of 16-year-old Malia and 13-year-old Sasha, they were pretty much over it.
Lauten drew intense fire for her social media post that said :
“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, our 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.”
She later apologized for her comments after her post went viral. Lauten, who previously served as New Media Political Manager for the Republican National Committee, told NBC her resignation is “already in the works.”
The White House had no comment.