On Wednesday, Malia and Sasha Obama donned regular teen attire — sweaters, skirts, et cetera — to once again stand behind their father as he conducted the annual Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning ceremony. It’s a corny tradition and, being teens, Malia and Sasha are allergic to corny traditions, so they made some faces and rolled their eyes a little. The girls actually handled themselves pretty well, considering they could have literally died from corniness exposure, but they still failed to meet the exacting standards of some woman who works for a Republican congressman from Tennessee.
Here’s what Representative Stephen Fincher’s communications director, Elizabeth Lauten, had to say about Sasha and Malia on Facebook:
Lauten deleted the post, but not before people suggested that it wasn’t appropriate to basically call a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old a pair of slutty barflies. She then wrote another post apologizing for what she’d said, though she quickly deleted that one, too. Gawker managed to copy the text before it disappeared:
I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart. Furthermore, I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience.
Shortly after this all went down, Malia was overheard mocking Chuck Todd while Sasha smirked, so it seems they’ve recovered.