Elizabeth Lauten, the Congressional aide who sparked controversy by slamming Sasha and Malia Obama on Thanksgiving, is resigning from her job.
Lauten, who was the communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), raised eyebrows over the holiday weekend thanks to a Facebook rant.
She wrote about the First Daughters’ appearance at his pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in terms you would not describe as flattering.
“Dear Sasha and Malia,” Elizabeth Lauten began, “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,” she went on.
“So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself,” Lauten went on. “Rise to the occasion.”
The newly unemployed Lauten wrote of the more casual outfits that Malia Obama, 16, and Sasha Obama, 13, wore to the event, as well as their expressions:
“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 deleted the initial post, going on to write another message apologizing for her initial reaction, but the second note no longer appears on Facebook either.
Following the widespread backlash to her viral post, Lauten told NBC News on Monday, that her resignation from Rep. Fincher’s team is “in the works.”
Probably for the best. Bullying teenagers seems a little out of bounds, even though politics is obviously a heated environment wrought with partisanship.
Next time, maybe stick with something more universal, that everybody can get behind and come across the aisle to denounce: Michelle’s school lunches …