So you’ve probably heard by now about Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for a Republican congressman, posting some really classless and stupid comments about the presidential daughters, who seemed less than thrilled to take part in the annual turkey pardon. If not, here’s what she had to say:
“Try showing a little class,” Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (Tenn.), wrote Friday in a Facebook posting addressed to Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16, chastising them for their comportment during last week’s annual turkey pardoning event at the White House.
“Rise to the occasion. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar,” Lauten wrote. “And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.”…
In her post, Lauten also took a dig at the president and first lady, saying “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.”
Hours after the original post, Lauten followed up with a second post apologizing for her critique. “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. . . . I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.”
Wait, it took hours of prayer? Why would it take hours? Could God not have just said “you’re being an asshole, cut it out” in the first few seconds? It took hours of prayer to figure this out? What the hell did you actually say in this prayer for hours? Of course, that isn’t really the point of mentioning prayer. She did that because it provides an extra bit of holiness to her apology — “See, God has made me a better person now, so it’s all better.”