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Sasha, 13, (left) and Malia, 16, (right) at the White House Thanksgiving turkey pardon

Sasha, 13, (left) and Malia, 16, (right) at the White House Thanksgiving turkey pardon

Elizabeth Lauten's Facebook message

Elizabeth Lauten's Facebook message

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Sasha, 13, (left) and Malia, 16, (right) at the White House Thanksgiving turkey pardon

A senior Republican aide has apologised for saying President Barack Obama’s daughters should “show a little class”.

Sasha and Malia appeared next to their father in short skirts and looking slightly bored during an official Thanksgiving address.

Many joked about the First Daughters’ awkward stances as they stood next to their father during the pardoning of turkeys ‘Mac’ and ‘Cheese’, while many in the room laughed at the girls’ swift response of “Nah” when asked if they wanted to pet the birds.

Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher, accused Sasha (13) and Malia (16) of being disrespectful in a now-deleted Facebook post, and chastised the girls for their choice of clothes on the day.

Her deleted post read: “Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play.”

She continued to berate the girls’ for their appearance, advising them to “rise to the occasion and act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect”.

Ms Lauten, who has since faced sharp criticism and calls for her to resign, has apologised for her comments.

She wrote that she had spent “many hours of prayer” thinking about her comments, claiming that “I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were”.

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

hnews@herald.ie


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