Facebook Post by Elizabeth Lauten, a rather obscure staffer for a congressman’s office: “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,” Lauten wrote. “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.”
“Children, especially the first daughters, are off-limits,” Republican Party spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted, labeling the comments “inappropriate” and “insensitive”.
…”especially the first daughters”… why are some children fair game and others are not? More to the point, Republican children are fair game but Democrat children are not. Aren’t they all children?
Melissa Harris Perry still has her job after mocking a black Romney grandchild.
The panelists start laughing the moment the photo is on the screen. Then the first response is Pia Glenn off-camera sing-songing “one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same” while the obvious left leaning panel continued to chuckle.
It’s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn’t, which is obviously hilarious.
It’s an obvious rule: Never pick on a president’s family.
Elizabeth Lauten, the formerly unknown “communications director” for two-term GOP congressman Stephen Fincher resigned after a national-media feeding frenzy over some stupid words about the president’s daughters on her personal Facebook page.
No one came to her defense for this idiocy, and correctly so. Republican Party spokesman Sean Spicer decried her remarks, and then attacked the media for its hypocrisy, for launching into an obscure Republican staffer’s social-media statements, something it has never done for Democrats. Again, he was absolutely correct.
Political decorum demands that presidential children should be left out of political commentary. The same courtesy should be shown toward presidential spouses — unless the subject is their policy initiatives. You can evaluate or criticize Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign or Michelle Obama’s school-lunch program. It is never, ever fair to attack their children, and anyone doing so deserves the Lauten treatment and fate.
Liberals would agree — making them hypocrites. Wouldn’t it be nice if the liberal media observed this notion for all presidents and presidential contenders and their families? But they have failed repeatedly to be consistent on this principle. They have refused, time and again, to denounce liberal partisans who have verbally assaulted children of Republicans. Usually they don’t even cover it!
Take, for example, the radioactive crud that “comedians” have dropped on Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol. This is what Bill Maher had to say in 2011:
“In Bristol’s new memoir ‘Not Afraid of Life’ — working title, ‘Whoops, There’s a Dick in Me’ — Bristol claims that the night she lost her virginity she had accidentally gotten drunk on wine coolers that she didn’t know contained alcohol and then blacked out and didn’t remember a thing,” Maher declared. “Oh, the Palins. I tell you, the s—t doesn’t fall far from the bat.”
Or consider the Washington Post-owned website Slate in 2012 holding a caption contest for a picture of presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s daughters Elizabeth (age 21) and Sarah (age 14). Sadly, liberal commenters predictably started mocking how these conservative Catholic daughters — yes, including the middle schooler — were on contraceptives, or wearing chastity belts or touching themselves sexually.
Denouncement? Coverage? Please find them for us.