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US lawmaker`s aide to quit over Obama daughters rant

A communications director for a Republican lawmaker said Monday she would resign after she posted a Facebook rant about US President Barack Obama`s daughters.



Washington: A communications director for a Republican lawmaker said Monday she would resign after she posted a Facebook rant about US President Barack Obama`s daughters.

Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a post slamming Malia and Sasha, aged 16 and 13, for looking bored at a public event with their father.

Lauten confirmed to US media outlets including NBC and Fox News that she would quit. Her resignation follows a weekend of virulent criticism about her diatribe targeting the Obama girls.

The teens had stood beside Obama -- looking somewhat bored -- as he issued the annual Thanksgiving turkey "pardon," saving two birds from the dinner table.

The underwhelmed expressions of the teenaged sisters sparked mainly amused comment, but Lauten`s remarks were notably more caustic.

"Then again, your mother and father don`t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter," Lauten wrote in her post.

"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," she added, apparently referring to the girls` short skirts.

Lauten subsequently apologized on Facebook.

"I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager," she said.

US media report relatively little about the private lives of the Obama girls, and personal attacks against a president`s children are considered taboo.

 

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