Republican Aide (and First Daughters Critic) Resigns

Julissa Catalan, Diversity Inc, December 2, 2014

On Monday, Elizabeth Lauten, the Communications Director for U.S. Representative Steven Fincher (R–Tenn.), announced to NBC News that her resignation is currently “in the works,” following the major backlash she received for criticizing Malia and Sasha Obama’s appearance during the annual White House turkey pardon ceremony. The teens seemed unenthused during their father’s speech.

Lauten took to her Facebook page–which has since been deleted–to personally address the First Daughters’ appearance, writing:

“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 at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”


Quickly, The Root writer Yesha Callahan took a screenshot of Lauten’s rant and posted it to her Twitter account. The image spread like wildfire as many accused the Republican of cyberbullying the Obama girls.

Later that day, Lauten took to her Facebook account yet again, this time to apologize:

“I wanted to take a moment and apologize for a post I made on Facebook earlier today judging Sasha and Malia Obama,” she wrote. “When I first posted on Facebook I reacted to an article and I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. 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 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.”


By that Saturday, a Facebook page titled FIRE Elizabeth Lauten was created, which called for the aide’s resignation.


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Elizabeth, you lost my sympathy, when you apologized. Your political party had already lost me years ago.

    • See The Future

      Ten UP’s again

  • I am shocked to learn of Ms. Lauten’s criticism of the First Girls wardrobe choices.
    Today’s fashion tastes for youth are as inclusive as they have ever been.

    They are:
    Gang banger

    What a diverse selection!

    • pcmustgo

      too funny

  • MekongDelta69

    “Diversity Inc.”

    Nothing useful to read here…

    Moving along…

  • IstvanIN

    Republicans either eat their own her feed them to the hyenas. Don’t expect them to put the breaks on Obummer executive decrees.

    • Realist

      “Don’t expect them to put the breaks on Obummer executive decrees.”
      That is for sure.

  • Sue

    Why do they keep apologizing? It’s over anyway.

    • silviosilver

      Apologizing is bad enough, but good grief, do their apologies have to be so pathetic? I wish they’d have a bit of fun with it.

      “Oh, I’m just sooooo, soooooo sorry. Gosh, what have I done? These two young ladies’ futures are now ruined, permanently ruined. There’s no hope for them now. They’re headed straight for the welfare rolls. Somebody criticized them. Nobody survives that.”


      “Yes, I apologize for my unpardonably awful hate crime. I apologize for my racism and anti-semitism. I apologize for slavery and the holocaust. I apologize for being white while breathing. I’m going to go and kill myself now.”

      • Sue

        Probably because they’d use it and pretend it’s real! Groveling has never helped us.

  • Mary

    “Many hours of prayer”—regarding this? Please don’t go overboard or anything like that!

  • Bobbala

    The GOP is pathetic.

    • Triarius

      Yep. They now have the chance to turn the tides and what do they do? They punt the ball away. But when you see who makes most of the contributions to the GOP (and the Democrats), it all makes sense. They are both two sides of the same coin funded by the Amish. Took me years to realize this, but there it is in black and white.

      • Bobbala

        … and on 1st down!

  • David Ashton

    “Never apologize: be ruder the next time” (John Bright, I think).

  • Luca

    It would have been so much nicer if she would have said: “Hey, I’m calling a spade a spade.”

    • MBlanc46

      Ah, a word from my distant youth. And quite acceptable in my countercultural crowd.

  • Yves Vannes

    Puritans and their witch burnings.

  • Bobbala

    If only flaming white girls made this much of a buzz …

  • Who Me?

    While everything she said was technically true, it is also true that children, even teenagers, have no say over what their parents say and/or do. So calling the girls out on their parent’s behavior was patently unfair. Also, I saw the pictures, they were dressed like most other girls their age, appropriate for staying indoors, and they were covered up, tights under the shorts on Sasha, and tights under Malia’s miniskirt.
    That being said, I think it’s high time their parents took the girls and their grandmother-nanny and moved, letting a real president, who cares about the American people, move into the (formerly)White House.

  • Diamond_Lil

    Lauten should have addressed her remarks to the parents. Those shorts and skirts were against school dress codes regardless of tights and certainly inappropriate for minor children of a U.S. president. Barack and Michelle allowed their girls to be dressed, not for a spot at the bar, but a spot at the corner. Shame.

    • none of your business

      Do you know what the dress code is at their school?

    • Who Me?

      Against school dress codes? What have school dress codes got to do with anything? This was on a weekend, at their home. As you say Barack and Michelle allowed someone to tell the girls what they could and could not wear. If the woman wanted to stick her beak in it, she needed to address the parents.

  • MBlanc46

    The Outlaw-in-Chief trotted out his daughters for a photo-op. He put them in the public spotlight. He made them fair game for criticism. And yet it’s the poor critic who gets the chop.

    • Dan

      Would you want your young pre-teenage or teenage children being verbally attacked by adults? She criticized them for wearing miniskirts! Imagine that! Teenage girls wearing miniskirts. Almost as bad as young men wearing sneakers (sarcasm) Give me a break! The lady was a knucklehead. She should have resigned.

      • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

        Oh boo f*** ’em hoo. She criticized them?! Oh, the horror!

        If you don’t want your on-screen apparel and demeanor picked apart, don’t go on-screen (or trot your children out on-screen). I personally don’t give a rat’s furry bum what the Obama daughters wear, but if Ms. Lauten’s post was the worst thing that happened to them I’d say they’re doing alright.

      • MBlanc46

        I don’t want anything. He dragged them into the public view. This is the sort of thing that happens in the public view.

  • willbest

    I don’t understand this. Its not like they were out for yogurt or something. This was an official state function which they aren’t even obligated to attend. Why the hell can’t they be criticized?

  • none of your business

    I just skimmed what she wrote and I thought it was rude. “After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online ” She had to pray so God would tell her she was rude? It’s their Father and his backers politics and anti White programs that need to be discussed by Republicans, not the girl’s not following the day’s script. Obama and Holder are destroying the life of Officer Wilson and this Republican worries about the daughters?

  • Paleoconn

    Why do these morons apologize? Do they think they will be forgiven? A more pathetic creature than this I cannot imagine.

    • See The Future

      Ten UP’s

  • none of your business

    i think malia is the feminine form of evil in Italian. isn’t there an Italian song malia woman?

  • Ryan

    I have to agree with you on this one.

  • LHathaway

    If you say something nasty about conservatives, you’re rewarded. The tolerance use the word ‘redneck’, a racial slur, in order to convince everyone else how enlightened they are. As far as I know, that word’s nearest corollary is the ‘n’ word, with the exception being it is more obviously a racial slur.

  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t know. As my high school psychology teacher would have told those girls: Your upbringing is showing.

  • Realist

    Whites crap on whites.

  • WR_the_realist

    The whole think is a tempest in a teapot. I don’t much care how the Obama kids behaved at a turkey pardoning ceremony, but neither do I care if some woman criticized them on her Facebook page — that was certainly no cause for getting fired. But she has also naive, anyone working in official Washington D.,C.should be aware that the diversity must not be criticized.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    It has long been an unwritten rule in politics that you don’t attack a persons family unless they involve themselves in the political process. Occasionally someone (such as EL) steps out of line and gets put down, as they should be. I’m a critic of the president, but that’s politics and he’s a big boy and can take care of himself. But an adult beating up on teenagers? Note to EL: The next time you want to make critical comments sleep on them overnight and see how you feel in the AM.

  • Guest

    So, if you’re a black girl and you live in fear, the nation, no, the whole world must rally around making sure this child need never live in fear again. If you’re a black girl and you’re an object of fear, if you make other afraid, this just shows that they are racist and need a talking to.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Again, boo hoo. She had an opinion on someone’s kids’ demeanor, she voiced it. We do that here on AmRen, as do lots of people on lots of sites. It’s not like she called for violence against them or was even particularly harsh. Ms. Lauten has every bit as much right to spout off as any of us. Stop acting like she committed some horrible sin.

  • Max

    It was clearly a tangential shot at the REAL problem children, Mr. and Mrs. hopefulness. Perhaps the sarcasm was lost on you. Additionally, when this pair, or ANY public figure, including the Bush or Palin family tries to gain public “family values” points by parading their kids around, they have to take whatever comes at them.

    Who cares-

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    I really can’t say this enough (though I’m really not willing to spend any more time on it): Boo flippin’ hoo.

    First, if you think Amrenners only have opinions about adults, I suggest you look at just about any articles here regarding our education system.

    Second, what she said was so mild that frankly your reaction to it is ridiculous. She basically told them to act more mature, which is exactly what you tell kids who are acting like normal kids. It’s what their parents should have been telling them (and maybe did, I don’t know). It was in no way up to to the level of losing her job.

    I’m a dad of four. If someone wrote the same things about my kids, and I disagreed with them, I’d simply tell them where they can take their opinion and go about my business. My kids would be unharmed, therefore I see no reason I should harm anyone over the matter. I certainly wouldn’t be calling for them to lose their job over it. It would be different if she had slandered them, or wished ill upon them, or berated them. She didn’t.

    We need to stop treating kids, especially teens, like perpetual babies who must be protected from anything unpleasant in life at all costs. I personally wouldn’t have wasted my time with the Obama girls, but Ms. Lauten did nothing of which to be ashamed.