There are few things more classless than attacking teens for being teens, as GOPer Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephan Fincher (R-Of course), found out when she attacked President Obama’s daughters for being “classless” and being dressed like they were going to a “bar.”
Of course, the whole thing was a means to get a shot off at President Obama, but still.
On Wednesday, the President took part in the annual presidential turkey pardon, poking fun at the Republican turkeys who were making a big deal out of his rote immigration executive orders in the process. Obama’s daughters accompanied him during the ceremony, both of whom are in their teen years (13 and 16). Now, as the parents of teenagers know (or as anyone who deals with teens on a regular basis knows), there are few forces more potent than teen contempt. After all, when you’re that age, you’d rather your parents didn’t do goofy things that embarrass you and remind you that they exist. And because they’re your parents, just about everything they do is goofy.
Gawker was quick to point out that both girls had teen contempt on full display, as is normal for that age (after all, who could be more silly than a speech about pardoning turkeys?) Others noticed it too, including GOPer Elizabeth Lauten, who, because it’d been exactly 20 minutes since the last manufactured GOP scandal dealing with President Obama, decided to make a big deal out of it. She attacked the girls for their attitudes, noting in a Facebook post that:
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 foe that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.
[. . . ] And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events
I just love the backhanded swipe at the Obamas; her candidate is from Tennessee and I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the same thing about her. After all, the South is all about niceties to the face and knives to the back; for far too many Southerners, “polite” is a synonym for “passive-aggressive.” It’s part and parcel of being a high-context culture, I suppose.
At any rate, bless your heart, Ms. Lauten.
She went on to attack how they were dressed, suggesting their attire would be appropriate only if they were out barhopping. The full post is below:
Launten has since apologized. She wrote another post on Facebook, noting 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 below:
And it only took her “many hours of prayer” to figure that out.