Yikes. A GOP staffer called out President Obama’s teenage daughters and their ‘classless’ attitudes and outfits during Obama’s annual Thanksgiving address. She even had some shocking things to say about the president and First Lady, too!
Elizabeth Lauten sparked huge outrage and media discussion over the open letter she wrote to President Obama‘s daughters Malia Obama, 16, and Sasha Obama, 13, after Obama’s annual Thanksgiving address on Nov. 27. The former media director for the Republican National Committee verbally attacked everything from Malia and Sasha’s wardrobe choices to their seemingly uninterested attitude during their father’s televised address.
Sasha & Malia Obama Dissed: Slammed By GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten For Outfits
Elizabeth posted an open letter on her Facebook on Nov. 28 to the President’s daughters in response to an article she read about Obama’s Thanksgiving address. She wrote:
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.
Elizabeth was likely referencing the fact that Malia and Sasha exchanged a few glances with each another during the address, according to the Daily Mail. Elizabeth also threw shade at the girls’ outfits of choice. Sasha was dressed in a short maroon dress with a long white cardigan, while Malia was dressed in a mini skirt with tights and a sweater, which Elizabeth apparently thought not to be very conservative. (We think the girls killed it with their style!)
People were quick to call Elizabeth’s words insulting, causing her to publicly apologize on Facebook on Nov. 29. In the post she owned up to “quickly judging the two young ladies” and said she did “hours of prayers” to heal her of her rude actions. However, people still lashed out at Elizabeth so she changed her account settings to private and deleted her initial post.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Elizabeth had a point even if her words were harsh or do you think it was way wrong of her to say?
— Julianne Ishler