GOP communications staffer Elizabeth Lauten has resigned following this weekend’s media firestorm after going all snarky on Malia and Sasha Obama for their choice of outfits at the annual White House Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon.
The Thanksgiving side dishes hit the fan when her snark-filled missive became public. Lauten quickly apologized for her bad judgment, but it wasn’t enough to save her job; she “resigned” when stories about Lauten’s disdain for the First Teens’ attire and apparent attitude during their dad’s turkey pardoning moment:
“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 a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”
Odds are it wasn’t Lauten’s decision to “resign” for what she wrote — that sort of announcement is right up there with people who leave a job to “spend more time with their family.” As a former spokesperson for a federal agency myself, I’m betting she was given a deadline to leave on her own or be forced out, because it should be a firing offense for a Washington, D.C. political communications professional not to anticipate the coming firestorm when you try to shame the children of a president for something that all teens do — dress and act like teenagers.
I’m guessing that Lauten doesn’t have teenage daughters at home or she would know that not only was their attire pretty standard, but pretty reserved, as well. Everything was covered, tights were being worn under that short skirt, and, speaking as the mother of a teen daughter, there’s only so far you can go, even at the White House, in telling a teen girl what she ought to be wearing. But I digress.