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GOP Staffer to Resign After Criticizing Obama Girls

Elizabeth Lauten resigns after criticizing Obama girls

Last week, President Obama took to a podium at the White House and did what dozens of U.S. presidents have done before him: He pardoned a turkey.

Yes, it's a pretty strange tradition, but hey, it's our tradition! And what's more, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Behind him, the president's teenage daughters Sasha and Malia seemed to say with their faces what every teenager in the nation would say if it was their dad excusing a turkey: "This is pretty lame."

But while the news media had a field day with their "Oh, Dad" looks of disinterest, one woman looked upon the seemingly innocuous event with completely different eyes.

Elizabeth Lauten, a Republican House staffer, took to Facebook to post a rather scathing review of what went down:


It didn't take long for Lauten's way-harsh comments to go viral — and attract a ton of negative responses. For starters, most people were perplexed as to why the GOP staffer would be coming down so hard on two girls who are just a mere 13 and 16 years old. But then there were the other obvious problems with her critique, like the fact that the girls were not dressed inappropriately, were not outwardly disrespectful and, at the very most, were just acting like bored teenagers who'd rather be somewhere else. (And let's be honest, isn't that a little more funny than offensive?) Then there was one more obvious callout that some on Twitter didn't hesitate to make: Must we recall some of the alcohol-fueled shenanigans that went on with the Bush girls during the last presidency?

After receiving a good deal of backlash over the holiday weekend, Lauten finally issued a response of her own, apologizing for her post on Facebook:

"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. 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."

It seems Lauten's embarrassment and remorse over the whole situation has only escalated since then. This morning, Lauten allegedly told NBC news that her resignation is "in the works."

So far, no response has been made about the incident from the Obama camp.

What do you think about Lauten's comments?

Photos via Facebook/Gawker

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