Thursday, April 19, 2012

President Obama Loves Dogs; Especially When Grilled

"Young dogs are the most tender and tasty"
Washington DC, Apr 19, 2012. The Obama campaign has made a big fuss about Mitt Romney driving from Boston to Canada with his dog Seamus in a travel crate on the roof of his car.

The Obama campaign is suggesting that dog lovers should object to this, and vote for President Obama instead.

But it now seems that President Obama really is a genuine dog lover. In fact, in his autobiography he claims to have eaten dog meat!

In President Barack Hussein Obama’s, D-Kenya, best-selling memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” the president recalls eating dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the president wrote.

“Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

Taking Bo out for dinner?
After his mother married Soetoro, Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 until 1971, from roughly the age of 6 through 10. 

The discovery that the president had eaten dog meat prompted wise-cracks on twitter and this tweet from Romney strategist Eric Fehrstrom, who re-tweeted Axelrod’s original message with a different take on the picture of the president and Bo.

“@EricFehrn: In hindsight, a chilling photo,” he wrote. (photo at right).

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tweeted in response: “@BenLaBolt What’s the next attack @EricFerhn and the RNC will surface on a 6-10 year old?”

Democrats and supporters of the president’s forcefully took to twitter Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to challenge the notion that Obama as a boy eating food given to him by his stepfather could be compared to actions Romney took as an adult.

Republicans pushed back, saying that the dog-eating tale underlines how any discussion of dogs at a time of massive unemployment, with troops in harm’s way, is silly.

The Seamus story was discussed again Monday when Ann Romney told Diane Sawyer that “the dog loved” traveling that way.

“He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation. It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.”

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