During the presidential turkey pardon, the 6 and 13-year-old Obama daughters rolled their eyes and crossed their arms in the way that teenage girls do. You know. Parents are so lame. The Republican attack dogs pounced on the kids, because children are only off limits when they aren’t the daughters of President Obama.
Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN.) — you might recall Fincher, he was endorsed by family values Queen Sarah Palin in 2010 – attacked Sasha and Malia Obama on Facebook Friday because unlike the pristine role models on the right, conservatives do not put up with teenagers rolling their eyes.
Get pregnant, okay. Get drunk in public, that’s cool. Get into a fight in public. Okay again. But don’t you dare roll your eyes.
Lauten freaked out after reading a conservative site Mad World News, in which the author frothed with hatred, “As obnoxious as the visual lack of respect the Obama girls showed at the event that’s been a long-standing tradition in the country their father represents, I can’t help but feel the same way their facial gestures portrayed — but for different reasons… I don’t think you would have ever seen the Bush daughters in dresses that short. Class is completely absent from this White House.”
Apparently, in conservative circles, pointing out the skirt length on a 13-year-old girl is the epitome of class. Also, this “long standing tradition” that the Obamas are ruining by existing isn’t so long-standing. George H.W. Bush started the “tradition”. But MUST HATE ON THE OBAMAS FOR BREATHING WRONG.
So it wasn’t a surprise when Lauten went crazy. Because, you know. The Obamas exist.
Yes. The way you show that you have had good role models is to attack children on Facebook and accuse the sitting President of hating America just because you don’t know how to vet information coming your way. That is real patriotism.
Believing every lie told to them about this first family is the new American exceptionalism, the Republican way! After all, there’s just something SUSPICIOUS about people who let their daughters act like real kids in front of the cameras instead of running on their perfect kids and hiding the shame like a good conservative. Lauten apologized, but then removed her apology.
This was quite the reversal from how Republicans back Sarah Palin and claim that children are off limits.
In 2009, Sarah Palin chastised the media for examining the very family she was running on as a family values candidate. She said of reports that her daughter, an unwed teenage mother, hadn’t finished high school, “I’m not whining about the treatment of the press, but I am calling reporters on the family aspect of this. I think it’s unprecedented in some respects what I have seen with my children.”
Guys. Kids are off limits UNLESS they are eye-rolling. Okay?
Remember then Governor Sarah Palin’s bloodfest? SO MUCH BETTER. (Warning: The gory bits are blurred, but the idea might be enough to make you sick.)
This Republican hate fest is made all the worse when we recall that it was President Barack Obama who scolded the media when interest over a pregnant, unwed Bristol Palin (Sarah Palin’s daughter) took off during the 2008 campaign. The then Senator told the media “Palin’s family is off limits.”
Too bad so many conservatives and Republicans have no decency.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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