- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the controversy over a Republican operative who criticized President Barack Obama’s daughters is a reminder of the importance of carefully choosing one’s words.

Elizabeth Lauten was the communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee. She resigned Monday after a backlash over her Facebook post claiming the daughters should have shown more “class” at a turkey-pardoning ceremony.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he was surprised a congressional staffer would use a Thanksgiving-themed event to criticize the first family. He says individuals who frequently speak publicly tend to be mindful of how their words are perceived.

Lauten had urged the Obama girls to “dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.” Earnest says it’s common sense that first daughters should be off-limits to criticism.

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