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WHC Dinner Highlight: How Presidents Should Treat A Dog (VIDEO)


The treatment of dogs has emerged as an unlikely issue in the 2012 American presidential campaign. Perhaps it began last year when Gail Collins, the politicomedic columnist for the Times, felt moved to include a reference to Mitt Romney's Irish Setter, Seamus, in seemingly every column she wrote between April and November. Whenever it began, eventually everyone was talking about Seamus -- about how, when the Romney family went on a road trip, Mitt would put the dog in a kennel and strap the kennel to the roof of his car; and how on one memorable occasion the terrified (you'd think) and/or ecstatic (if you believe Mitt) pooch defecated into the slipstream, forcing Mitt to make a rare roadside stop to clean up. 

Well -- for a while now, the leading Romney-related Google search has been "Romney dog," which was obviously annoying to Mitt's campaign. To even things up, one of Mitt's staffers let slip a few weeks ago that Barack Obama has actually eaten a dog, which is true. Obama admitted to it in his autobiography. 

Because of all this, last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner was full of dog humor. "Which reminds me of an old joke," said Barack Obama, after mentioning Sarah Palin. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious." The audience didn't quite know what to make of that.

And then Obama shared some choice words with the cynical dogbaiters behind this SuperPAC ad, AFTER THE JUMP ...

(If you'd prefer to watch Obama's speech in its entirety, click here.) 


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  1. "Which reminds me of an old joke," said Barack Obama, after mentioning Sarah Palin. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious."


    I'm sure the usual suspects will be "outraged" at that joke but it's hilarious and a perfect way to defuse the "growing up in Indonesia Obama ate dog meat!" pseudo-criticism.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 29, 2012 9:12:56 AM

  2. Okay, I am just a bumpkin from Baltimore, but did he make a cannibalism or a cunnilingus joke with that line?

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Apr 29, 2012 9:29:19 AM

  3. @Angela I don't think it was either cannibalism or cunnilingus! He's making jokes about how the GOP are trying to make an issue out of how he ate dog meat (once, as a boy in Indonesia).

    Posted by: AdamA | Apr 29, 2012 12:10:43 PM

  4. I don't understand how Romney let that story get out. The dog should have stayed home or the story should have stayed a secret.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 29, 2012 12:12:34 PM

  5. No, Paul R. What Romney should have done is hire a dogsitter. That's what people with common sense and decency do.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 29, 2012 6:24:48 PM

  6. I didn't 'get out' Romney actually bragged about the story in an interview -- it was supposed to show what a take-charge problem solver he was.

    Posted by: Cameron Johnson | Apr 29, 2012 6:43:36 PM

  7. Yes, Hank, that's why I used the words "stay at home."

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 29, 2012 7:53:46 PM

  8. So Hank, I take it that you think people with "common decency" also EAT DOGS?! lol

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 30, 2012 6:27:40 AM

  9. There's nothing wrong with eating dogs. Would I do it? No, it's not part of our culture. But we do eat chickens, pigs (which some people do keep as pets), and cows, which in other cultures are kept as pets or sacred. That's part of the "circle of life" :) Putting your soaking wet dog in a crate on top of your car for over 12 hours is just cruel and unusual.

    Posted by: silvra | Apr 30, 2012 9:23:36 AM

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