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Elizabeth Lauten: Sasha, Malia Dress Critic and GOP Aide Quits

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President Barack Obama speaks as his daughters Sasha and Malia look on after pardoning 'Cheese' and his alternate Mac both, 20-week old 48-pound Turkeys, during a ceremony at the White House November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 12:24 PM

Elizabeth Lauten, the congressional aide who in a Facebook post last week criticized the public dress and demeanor of Sasha and Malia Obama, resigned on Monday.

Lauten, the communications director for Tennessee U.S. Rep. Steven Fincher, earlier in the day had told NBC News that her resignation was "in the works." The Facebook post, which has since been taken down by Lauten, exploded on social media after President Barack Obama's annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony at the White House.

While numerous news outlets pointed out the Obama daughters' less than enthusiastic expressions at the ceremony, many on social media criticized Lauten for taking the criticism too far by addressing the first daughter's clothes while suggesting that they show "a little class," according to CNN.

"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," Lauten wrote in her original Facebook post, per CNN. "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."

Lauten's post was criticized on social media, including by Robin Herzig who started a petition on Change.com asking Fincher to fire Lauten. It received more than 4,300 signees.

"Elizabeth Lauten has recently posted extremely offensive, disgraceful posts on twitter + facebook attacking the First Daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama," Herzing wrote. "This damage coming from Ms. Lauten's position as congressional communications director makes the nature of her insults particularly horrifying."

Lauten later apologized for the Facebook post, according to USA Today.

"I quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager," Lauten wrote, noted USA Today, "After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading words online, I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were."

In a series of tweets, Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer wrote that while Lauten's comments were wrong, the coverage of them exposed a media double-standard, reported the Washington Post.

"Children, especially the first daughters, are off limits," Spicer wrote. "While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media's coverage of this story is appalling. In over 20 years in politics I have never seen (one) of the countless inappropriate comments by Democrats ever covered to a faction [sic] of this."

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