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GOP aide who criticized Obama daughters reportedly quits

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.
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. AP

A Republican congressional aide who caused a firestorm when she took to Facebook and caustically criticized President Barack Obama’s daughters for their behavior and wardrobe at last week’s White House turkey pardoning ceremony reportedly resigned Monday.

Elizabeth Lauten, an aide to Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., told NBC News that she ‘is resigning today’ after receiving a torrent of criticism for her Facebook post, including one from the communications director of the Republican National Committee.

‘Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits,’ RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer tweeted, adding that Lauten’s Facebook comments were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘insensitive.’

Following Wednesday’s turkey pardoning event, Lauten offered a harsh critique of Sasha and Malia Obama, who appeared bored at the ceremony.

‘Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re part of the First Family, try showing a little class,’ she wrote. ‘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.’

She added: ‘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.’

Lauten apologized for the post, but that did little to quell the controversy over her comments that leapt from the blogosphere to mainstream news.

While admonishing Lauten, the RNC’s Spicer also had strong words for the news media for its reporting of her remarks.

‘While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media’s coverage of this story is appalling,’ he tweeted.

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