GOP Staffer Shames Obama Daughters For Acting Like Regular Teenage Girls

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Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Tennessee Republican Representative Stephen Fincher, somehow thought it was a great idea to use her Facebook page as a platform to call out Malia and Sasha Obama‘s lack of “class” at the White House turkey pardoning this week. Needless to see that backfired on her, when her social media post went social with the media, who found her words obnoxious because, well, they were.

The Obama sisters had their own viral moment on Wednesday when they were captured side-eyeing their dad as only teenage girls can do at the annual pardoning.




 It was, as Jezebel points out, one of those magical moments where you see our President through his kids eyes as just a dorky old dad. Most media outlets found the girls’ teen ‘tude amusing and relatable. Lauten, however, was not impressed. Like, at all.



Dear Sasha and Malia, I get that 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 the bar. And certainly don’t making faces during televised, public events.

Woooooooooo boy. Let’s dissect this, shall we?

1. If you get that they’re in their awful teen years, then shouldn’t you be a bit more empathetic to THE STRUGGLE? I was a straight up glaring, bitch when I was their age. I crossed my arms across my chest when I was 12 and didn’t unlock them until I was out of college.

2. Come on, crapping on their parents isn’t cool no matter what your political affiliation is.

3. Maybe being in the White House doesn’t matter that much to them? Nor should it – they’re teenagers, they probably would rather be at an Austin Mahone concert or playing Minecraft or whatever it is the youth do these days.

4. Ugh, the outfit shaming is so gendered and gross. They look cute and like TEENAGERS.

5. You’re a COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR. How could you not see this post was a terrible idea?!

Lauten was quickly dragged through the coals of internet journalism and swiftly apologized on Facebook, of course:


It is universal knowledge that the spotlight trailed on kids growing up in the White House sucks. Chelsea Clinton was harassed over her looks, the Bush girls both got a DUI; it must be miserable living out your growing pains in front of the entire nation. Every Presidential kid deserves to be left alone during those years so that they may awkward it up in peace. It’s the least we can do as citizens who have all been there.

Also, Elizabeth – next time you issue a public apology, apologize TO the young women you offended. You know – show some class.

Update: According to Jezebel, Lauten is resigning from her position.