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Aide quits after pop at Obama's daughters sparks backlash

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Barack Obama with his daughters Malia and Sasha

Barack Obama with his daughters Malia and Sasha

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Barack Obama with his daughters Malia and Sasha

An aide to a US congressman has resigned after her critical comments about President Barack Obama's daughters sparked a backlash.

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Republican Stephen Fincher, commented on Malia and Sasha Obama's pose and dress at a White House ceremony last week in which their father pardoned a turkey, a presidential tradition for Thanksgiving.

"Rise to the occasion," she wrote. "Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar."

Ms Lauten later apologised for the comments on Facebook.

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