JIM CREES: So, Malia was bored? Really!!??!!
So ... Once again, somehow or the other, lowercase functionaries in Washington, D.C., have managed to pop a cheap shot at President Obama ... via his family.
As if there wasn’t enough to say bad about the president, when certain circles run out of fresh material they turn to the president’s wife or kids.
Just this past week, a staffer for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), castigated the Obama girls for not showing enough “class.”
Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Fincher, basically said, along with other digs, that the 13 and 16-year old Obama sisters dressed like sluts.
Lauten should know a bit about “class” or a lack thereof. She works, or worked for a guy who consistently lied about his assets and is famous for his irregularities in campaign financing. Not too long ago, her own boss, Fincher, was named as one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress, by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
But ... her ex-boss’s complete disregard for the law apparently never caught her attention. Instead Lauten decided to better use her rapier wit while taking a poke at two teenage girls who cannot even respond or defend themselves.
After the overly tired, worn-out tradition of the silly presidential turkey pardoning ceremony before Thanksgiving Day, Ms. Lauten took umbrage with how both the Obama girls were dressed, and how they deported themselves.
“Dear Sasha and Malia,” she wrote. “ 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.
“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.”
Oooooooooooooo ... what a slam.
“Try showing a little class.” “At least respect the part you play.” “Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.” “... don’t make faces.”
Here’s the deal.
Lauten has obviously never been the parent of a teenage girl. She obviously WAS a teenage girl at some point, including the point in her life at which she was picked up for shoplifting! But she never was parent to a teenage girl.
The bored look the Obama girls may have affected during the turkey pardoning ceremony should be well recognized by any teenage girl’s dad!
I’m just surprised there wasn’t “The Eye Roll” at some point during the ceremony. “The Eye Roll” is the teenage girl’s most effective and devastating weapon.
C’mon Ms. Lauten.
Bored??? Make faces???
My daughter is still bored with anything I write or say, and still rolls her eyes at my suggestions — and she’s 29 years old!
I know the Obama girls’ look, Ms. Lauten. I’ll bet you dimes to dollars it’s the same look you still give your daddy!
And as for their dress.
“Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
They both looked very nicely turned out to me.
I don’t hang out in bars too much. (Certainly not in student-style bars where I would just be the creepy old guy in the corner.) Still, my wild guess is that you don’t see too many long white cardigan sweaters in bars. Heck, I think they were dressed quite neat and appropriate to their age.
From a dad’s point of view, I’d let those girls go out any night of the week (until 10 p.m. ... 11 p.m. tops. Cue the Eye Roll and bored expression).
Hey, Ms. Lauten. You want to see slutty? Take a glance at some of the fashions Ann Coulter wears out in public!
And, I simply need to ask ...what is the compulsion behind feeling some deep-seated need to suggest to a 13 and 16-year old girl that she looks like a bar seat bimbo?
What drives a person to such meanness? Jealousy? Cattiness? What?
Why does anyone get so desperate as to need to pick on the 13-year old daughter of a politician - president or not?
I spent eight years critiquing the Bush administration and never once called the president rude names, and never once felt an urge to point out his daughters’ quirks and foibles.
So ... Ms. Lauten, (and far too many others of her ilk), grow up!!!
You want to take a jab at the president’s policies. Have at it.
BUT ... his daughter’s dress length or bored looks on stage? Gimme a break!!!