"sasha-and-malia-obama"Being the daughter of the President is probably not like it is portrayed in the movies, however a recent media storm following the appearance of the Obama daughters at a Thanksgiving ceremony has brought them firmly into the spotlight.

Sasha and Malia Obama are not usually seen heavily in the media and it is reported that their parents strive to keep them out of the spotlight as much as possible to allow them to continue their lives as normal teenagers but of course being the daughters of one of the most powerful men on the planet will see you attracting unwanted attention.

The girls appeared at a Thanksgiving ceremony with their father and looked decidedly unimpressed with the entire event leading to comments being placed all across the media and on social media platforms.

The extent of the interest and comments has even led to one Republican Congressional staff member to resign according to media reports.

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for congressman Stephen Fincher, told NBC News and CNN she plans to resign following her comments on Facebook about the daughters.

According to the BBC Ms Lauten earlier criticised Sasha and Malia Obama on Facebook following their appearance at a Thanksgiving ceremony.

She later took down the post and apologised for her “hurtful words”.

Elizabeth Lauten had criticised the first daughters for wearing short skirts, and accused the two teenagers of looking bored when they stood with their father at a traditional turkey pardoning event at the White House.

In general the facial expressions of the girls looking a little bored were seen as humerous by most political pundits, after all , what can you really expect from a 16 and a 13 year old, even if they are the daughters of the President of the USA.

Her deleted post read: “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.

“Then again, 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.”

The post goes on to advise the girls to “rise to the occasion and act like being in the White House matters to you”.

Concluding with: “Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”

Later Lauten apologised for her words: “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’d like to apologise to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.”

She pointed out that she “had judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager”.


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