I find myself writing about politics recently as it seems there is so much out there to write about. My post today features a (now) former communications director who made a – for lack of a better word – ludicrous Facebook post this weekend. Her name is Elizabeth Lauten and, like many others before her, decided to comment in a manner that the audience found (mostly) unacceptable. The result? Lauten resigned from her position.
According to Washingtonpost.com
Embattled Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten has resigned amid a backlash over critical remarks she posted on Facebook Friday about President Obama’s daughters.
Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-Tenn.), came under fire over the weekend after posting derogatory remarks about Sasha and Malia Obama regarding their appearance at the president’s annual Turkey pardoning.
Our Words and Consequences
This is a country where the First Amendment provides the right to free speech. But, if we are being honest, we should all we knowledgeable of the impact our words have on others and – ultimately – on our futures. For example, let’s assume that you work for ABC Company. You post on your Facebook page that “I hate working for ABC. They are such a horrible company and I hate working there. I wish they would go out of business becuase I want to find a better job. They are the worst!”
This post wasn’t set to private – it was public for all to see. Would it be a shock if ABC Company chose to terminate 123 Employee??
What She Said
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. At least respect the part you play,” Lauten wrote in the post.
“Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” she added. “So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.” (Source: CNN)
After a few hours of media backlash, she retracted much of what she said…to some degree:
Hours after the post went viral, Lauten returned to Facebook to publish an apology, admitting she “quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager.”
“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,” she said. (Source: CNN)
Not Off Limits
Post Columnist and Editor, Ruth Marcus, stated:
To criticize Lauten is not to say that presidential children are off limits. They aren’t. If they get used as props, as in the turkey pardoning–well, some commentary goes with the territory.
I agree 100%. Bringing the girls to the pardon – as he has done every year – does provide some level of scrutiny. This is part of being a President’s child. That said, it does not give anyone permission to be mean. (Think back to Chelsea Clinton during Clinton’s first term.)
My opinion: They are not their parents. Until they give their own opinions to the public, they are off limits. Would you want the same said to your child(ren)?
What is your opinion? Was she in the right or am I correct in calling her comments ludicrous?