GOP Staffer Accuses Obama Daughters of Lacking ‘Class’ at Turkey Pardon, Eventually Apologizes

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama took part in the annual presidential turkey pardon. The president poked fun at the politics of his immigration executive orders with his daughters at his side. But one congressional staffer thought First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama acted classless and dressed like they were going to a bar.

“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,” Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.). “At least respect the part you play. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much or the nation foe that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”

Lauten went on to criticize how the First Daughters were dressed, suggesting their attire would be appropriate if they were going to a bar. “And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events,” she wrote.

Here’s a screenshot of the post, via Gawker:


Lauten has since apologized, writing that she “quickly judged” Malia and Sasha. “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.”

Here’s the apology post, also courtesy of Gawker:

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