She now believes her judgmental words came too hastily and that it had not been in her heart to judge the girls.
An aide to Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher said President Barack Obama’s daughters were not classy on a recent television appearance. She later apologized.
Elizabeth Lauten wrote her post on Facebook a letter to the girls, suggesting they act and dress more appropriately at public events.
“I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re part of the First Family, try showing a little class.” She called them out for making faces and dressing like they were at a bar during televised events. She reposted a screenshot of the sisters looking bored at the recent Thanksgiving pardoning of the turkey.
Lauten did not end her criticism with the girls: “Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” she wrote.
She encouraged them to “stretch” themselves and “rise to the occasion.” Though the message was well-intended, her sarcastic and demeaning tone did not sit well with readers.
The post is no longer live, but screenshots of the post can be seen at ABC News.
A later Facebook post from 28 Nov. was an apology. She now believes her judgmental words came too hastily and that it had not been in her heart to judge the girls.
“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…. I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.”
She said she is extending her apology to all she hurt and offended, apparently including her quips about the President and First Lady.
ABC News says Lauten and Fincher declined further comment.
The White House has not responded to either of Lauten’s posts.