When President Barack Obama reprised the annual turkey pardon at the White House on Wednesday, his teen daughters Sasha and Malia accompanied him — and by the looks of a number of photos, not likely in a completely willing manner.
President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, speaks at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, during the presidential turkey pardon ceremony, an annual Thanksgiving tradition. (Image source: AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
So a Republican congressional staffer took to Facebook to offer the first daughters a few tips on ceremonial dress and decorum: In short, wrote Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), "try showing a little class."
"At least respect the part you play," her note read. "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.”
Lauten also took issue with the girls' dress choices, opining that their attire would be more appropriate at a bar. And for goodness sake, “certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events,” Lauten added.
But since then Lauten said she was in error and apologized: “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.”