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Senior Republican Staffer Resigns After Calling Obama Girls Classless

Elizabeth Lauten, a senior Republican staffer, is resigning after writing a Facebook post urging President Obama's daughters to "try showing a little class." On Thanksgiving, Lauten, who is the communications director for Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher, made her comments after the girls appeared bored during Wednesday's White House turkey pardoning. "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," she said. "At least respect the part you play. Then again, our 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."

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Robyn Ross

Elizabeth Lauten, a senior Republican staffer, is resigning after writing a Facebook post urging President Obama's daughters to "try showing a little class."

On Thanksgiving, Lauten, who is the communications director for Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher, made her comments after the girls appeared bored during Wednesday's White House turkey pardoning. "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," she said. "At least respect the part you play. Then again, our 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."

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Lauten continued, "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don't make faces during televised, public events."

The post quickly went viral and Lauten posted an apology. "[I] quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager," she wrote. "After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were. Please know, those judgmental feelings truly have no place in my heart."

According to CNN, Lauten confirmed her plans to resign.

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