I’ll admit, I didn’t even know who you were until a few days ago. Now you are all over the news as the GOP Communications Director for Rep. Stephen Fincher, who resigned over a Facebook post criticizing Sasha and Malia and their appearance when their dad pardoned the White House turkey.
Now we all have bad days on social media. I recently had one when I posted a picture of my 24 lb Thanksgiving turkey on Facebook with the caption: “A Patton record – 24 lb turkey Biggie T is in the oven” and I received only 22 likes. Only 22 likes! Biggie T! I thought that was hilarious! Only 22 of my 200+ Facebook friends could find it within themselves to take a micro-second to click the like button on that Thanksgiving gem of a joke.
Turns out, my Facebook fail is nothing compared to your Facebook fail:
“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.”
It continued, “Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events.”
Yes, I noticed the eye roll. Here’s the deal – at 13 and 16, I rolled my eyes bigger and for much less when it came to embarrassing things my parents made me do than a bird pardon in front of millions of people. I applauded the girls for being able restrain themselves with JUST an eye roll and not add the snarled lip and a big sigh when their dad pardoned a TURKEY. I would have added all three. I don’t care what color the President is – white, black, red, purple, green – it’s a stupid tradition. It deserves an eye roll, arms crossed and a big sigh FROM THE NATION.
It looks like the only person with time to hang out in a sport bar is you since you have resigned over your post even though you issued this apology.
“reacted to an article and…quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that [she] would never have wanted to be judged…as a teenager.” Lauten claimed that after “many hours of prayer” and speaking with her parents she saw that her words were “hurtful” and apologized to anyone she had “hurt and offended.”
The one thing that struck me about this apology is that it took you “many hours of prayer”. MANY hours? Can I ask what took you so long? Here’s how I think it should have gone. “Dear God. I said some nasty stuff about two innocent girls. I probably shouldn’t have done that and I feel bad.” God replies, “No you shouldn’t have done that. It’s not very Christian of you.” The end. The only thing I’m thinking is you dialed up the man upstairs and he said, “hold on a second I’m dealing with Ebola, ISIS, hunger, poverty, cancer, Ferguson protests, the Middle East conflict and various other life and death situations. I’ll be with you in a minute.” That minute took an hour and forty-five minutes and then you launched into the dialog stated above.
I’ve kept up on all the outrage on Twitter. I will say in your defense that I don’t think your rant was racist. It was a lot of things – dumb, thoughtless, partisan, hateful and silly, but I honestly for what it’s worth I don’t think it was racist.
I will also say that it worries me when social media outcry forces people to resign. I’m a snarky, political blog writer, and I worry if I will experience that same backlash over what I tweet and write about. I am NOT, however, a communications director or working in the public sector. I think when you are either of those things, you should hold yourself up to a higher standard. Now that doesn’t mean I can say whatever I want without any consequences. I am fully aware that there is a line we all walk and it’s easy to cross. I am mindful of it so I hope never to experience the same type of outcry that you experienced. Although in this day and age, no one is immune. If you choose to put yourself out there, anyone can be a target.
I suggest your next career be in something other than politics.
All the best for not criticizing teens or turkeys,