3 Dec 2014

Aide quits over Obama daughter row

8:29 am on 3 December 2014

An aide to a Republican congressman has resigned after coming under fire for her online criticism of President Barack Obama's teenage daughters.

Elizabeth Lauten came under fire last week when she criticized Mr Obama's daughters for their seemingly bored demeanor at an appearance with their father as he "pardoned" a turkey at a White House pre-Thanksgiving ceremony.

President Obama and daughters Sasha, centre, and Malia, at right, during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the White House last week.

President Obama and daughters Sasha, centre, and Malia, at right, during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the White House last week. Photo: AFP

She wrote in a Facebook post that Malia, 16, and 13-year-old Sasha needed to show "a little class."

"Act like being in the White House matters to you," she said. "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don't make faces during televised public events."

Ms Lauten, the communications director for US Representative Stephen Fincher, had apologized for her "hurtful words" in her Facebook post.

A staff member in Mr Fincher's office confirmed on Tuesday that Lauten no longer worked there, Reuters reported.

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