A Republican staffer apologized on Friday for comments she made about the way Sasha and Malia Obama dressed for the turkey pardoning ceremony on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), wrote in a Facebook post that the Obama girls did not dress with "class" and looked like they were dressed for "a spot at a bar."
Yes, that's right, the First Daughters are under attack for being teenagers. Well, teenagers who are a little different than the previous ones.
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.
There are many things wrong with this, but let's start with the way Lauten is trying to slut shame Obama's daughters. As a reminder, this is what they were wearing Wednesday:
Exactly what's wrong with what Sasha and Malia Obama are wearing? OH NOES YOU CAN SEE HER KNEES. And remember, this is from the same group of people constantly complaining about how the War on Women is a myth, and that liberals are fascists who are controlling every aspect of how we look and dress in a too politically correct world. They are teenagers, dressed as such.
And yet she has the unmitigated call to tell the daughters of the first African-American president in US history to "stretch" and "rise to the occasion?"
No, this is a snarling Republican operative putting two young women of color in their place, plain and simple. The assumption of privilege here is overwhelming.
As usual with these cases, her apology was even worse.
"I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were," she wrote. "Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart. Furthermore, I'd like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience."
I'm sorry you thought I was offending you, and I prayed for hours, so I'm off the hook.
Even more privilege assumed.
Remember, she's a political PR professional, hired as such. If anything, she's woefully incompetent and should be fired.
On second thought, Republicans should probably promote her. I'd love to see this person in charge of the GOP's 2016 campaign messaging. And remember kids, Sasha and Malia are fair game in the eyes of the GOP.