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President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, centre, speaks at the White House during the presidential ceremony. Elizabeth Lauten's comments; including "dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar" in an apparent reference to the girls' short skirts; drew widespread criticism (AP)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, centre, speaks at the White House during the presidential ceremony. Elizabeth Lauten's comments; including "dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar" in an apparent reference to the girls' short skirts; drew widespread criticism (AP)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, centre, speaks at the White House during the presidential ceremony. Elizabeth Lauten's comments; including "dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar" in an apparent reference to the girls' short skirts; drew widespread criticism (AP)

An aide to a Republican congressman resigned yesterday after her Facebook post criticising President Barack Obama's daughters triggered a backlash.

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, said Malia Obama (16) and Sasha (13) should have shown more "class" at a turkey-pardoning ceremony last week at the White House.

The pardoning is a presidential tradition for Thanksgiving, when Americans partake in a feast that features the turkey as its centrepiece.

Lauten criticised the girls' casual dress and their behaviour - shrugs and eye-rolling that were greeted by most commentators as teens being teens.

However, Lauten wrote that the girls should "respect the part you play" and added: "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 later apologised for the comments and deleted the original post, which drew harsh criticism. She said "many hours of prayer", conversations with her family and a re-reading of her words made her reconsider the post.

"When I posted I reacted to an article and I judged the young ladies in a way I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager," she said.

"Please know, those judgemental feelings have no place in my heart. I'd like to apologise to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words.

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