At first I was going to ignore the story about a Facebook post made by Elizabeth Lauten, the communication director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), where she had some rather ignorant comments directed toward President Obama’s daughters and the Obamas themselves.
In her first post she bashed not only the way Obama’s two daughters were dressed at the annual “turkey pardon,” but more or less called the Obamas terrible role models and parents.
Look, if you don’t care for President Obama’s politics, that’s fine. But to attack his daughters and the type of parents you feel he and Michelle are is ridiculous and disgusting. I never cared for Bush’s politics, but I would never attack the man as a father because I have no idea what kind of father he is nor is it really any of my business.
But for the most part I ignored her comments.
Then I ran across her “apology” and that set me off. At first I thought maybe it was just going to be a simple apology where she realized that in the heat of the moment she said something stupid. Who hasn’t done that? I sure as heck know I have. But that’s not what this “apology” was.
This is what she wrote:
Now it’s entirely possible that I’m “reading too much into this,” but when I read that I got fairly irritated.
When you look at her original comments, they’re inexcusable. Someone would have to be a pretty big scumbag to even try to defend them, though I’m sure many did. But when I saw her say that “after many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words” then she decided to apologize, well – that’s just ridiculous.
It took hours of prayer, parental consulting and re-reading that pathetic original message to bring her to the conclusion that publicly bashing two teenage girls and the parental abilities of their parents was, in fact, a really pathetic thing to do? It shouldn’t have taken “hours of prayer” and this elaborate “moral compass check” for her to figure out that what she said was not only uncalled for, but an outright lousy thing to say about someone else’s family. Especially the family of the President of the United States.
Instead of just taking the high road and saying something like, “I want to apologize for comments I posted earlier that I quickly realized were uncalled for and something I had no right to say,” she actually makes her “apology” about her and what she would have supposedly felt had someone said those things about her.
She claims at the end that she “learned and grew” from this experience but clearly she didn’t, seeing as she never really directly apologized to the Obama family for anything she said.
And let’s be real, this “apology” probably only came as a result of her original post going viral all over the internet and most likely someone in her boss’s office promptly alerting her that she needed to issue some kind of an apology ASAP.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but something about this “apology” just rubbed me the wrong way. It shouldn’t have taken “hours of prayer” to realize that as a supposed Christian, publicly attacking two teenager girls and their parents was a crappy thing to do.
But probably the saddest part of all of this is that many conservatives probably applauded what she originally said. Because nothing says “we’re the party for family values” quite like bashing the president’s family in an uncalled for petty and partisan attack.