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US lawmakers aide draws ire over first daughter scolding
Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, wrote a scathing post to her Facebook account scolding Malia and Sasha Obama, 16 and 13, for looking bored while attending a public event with their father on Wednesday. In the post, since deleted but widely reproduced in screen grabs, Lauten tells the girls to "Try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play." 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. The post quickly drew ire on Twitter and elsewhere, with many calling for Lauten to be fired, even after Lauten deleted it and posted an apology. "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," Lauten wrote on Facebook, also widely reproduced before she made her page private. Many directed their tweets to Lauten's boss, as the hashtag #FireElizabethLauten went viral. One commenter, whose username is Eclectic John, wrote: " @ RepFincherTN08 There is nothing that excuses what # ElizabethLauten posted re the children of our President.

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