Bad news: Obama used to eat dog meat; Update: Romney, Obama staff now arguing over dog-eating on Twitter

posted at 10:01 pm on April 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

By popular request. If the Party Of Ideas™ is actually going to devote a chunk of this campaign to something as stupid as this, I guess we’ll have to play ball. Jim Treacher, who’s having endless fun with it, flags the key passage from “Dreams from My Father”:

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).

But wait, wasn’t he just a kid at the time, partaking in the normal culinary customs of Indonesia? Well, guys, that’s what campaigns are for — to hash out the important issues. Like this one.

Incidentally, there’s a method to the Democratic madness here. From Byron York’s recent piece:

In late January, for example, top Obama campaign aide David Axelrod sent out a tweet that included a photo of Obama with his Portuguese water dog Bo in the back seat of the presidential limousine. “How loving owners transport their dogs,” Axelrod wrote.

It wasn’t a random comment. “They’re obsessed with the dog thing,” liberal journalist Chris Hayes said on his MSNBC program Sunday morning, referring to the Obama campaign. “And the reason is that, I have heard, in focus groups, the dog story totally tanks Mitt Romney’s approval rating.”

Assuming Hayes is right, consider this a postscript to my earlier post about shiny objects on the campaign trail. Dumb policy widgets like the Buffett Rule come and go without making a blip with voters but vivid character insights, as the story with Romney’s dog is alleged to be, can make a penetrating impression. I think O’s famous bitter-clinger remarks on the trail in ’08 did more damage to him than any of his policy proposals, including more federal intervention in health care, because it seemed to be a window onto his character. He came off as an archetypal condescending elitist liberal, politely disdainful of what rural Americans hold dear. The Dems don’t have anything quite that damaging from Romney’s own lips yet — although, given his penchant for saying stuff like this, it’s probably a matter of time before he really steps in it — but the dog story is a useful proxy for now.

Anyway, the Obama/dog jokes are flying in the righty blogosphere tonight. Exit question: I like the last one that Treacher posted, but … didn’t Alf eat cats?

Update: This really is going to be the dumbest campaign ever, isn’t it? First, Romney advisor Eric “Etch-a-Sketch” Fehrnstrom picks up the Obama-ate-dogs meme and snarks:

In hindsight, a chilling photo RT @davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs. http://bit.ly/xGeJuZ

Follow the link to see the pic. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt didn’t care for it, so back came the reply:

What’s the next attack @EricFerhn and the RNC will surface on a 6-10 year old?

Over to you, Team Romney. Full-fledged media war over dog-eating tomorrow!

Update: Now Jake Tapper’s having fun with it.


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He is dogmeat!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

His wife barks!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

The only way I’ll know that Obama isn’t a canine blood sucker is if he comes out and denounces this evil practice.

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

He looks ready for a big meal…Moochelle?

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Exit question: I like the last one that Treacher posted, but … didn’t Alf eat cats?

I think Gordon Shumway wanted to eat cats, but did ever actually get his hands on one?

Doughboy on April 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Americans love their dogs…

… The thought of some savage eating a member of the family just might have a lasting impression.

We shall see…

Seven Percent Solution on April 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Ummm… has anyone seen Bo lately?

Anyone?

malclave on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

muslims don’t like dogs.

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

At least he didn’t travel with it on the roof of the car.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

You are what you eat………

Sparty on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

War on Pets.

Electrongod on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

So, this fact was published years ago. Yet after all of these months of Democrats trolling about Seamus, we haven’t brought it up until now?

Man, just shows how long it took for somebody to be bothered to read this far into Zero’s crappy book. I have to wonder what will be found out if anybody gets all the way into chapter 3. Alas, we’ll never know…

Gingotts on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

at least he didn’t put the “tough” dog meat in a box on top of his car

Darvin Dowdy on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Calling Michelle Obama a dog, KOOLAID2? You’re a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Surely, Seamus will have something to say about this!

dawndawn on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I should mention, Tinas dog thread is only 25 comments from 700.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Release the hounds.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Will Diane Sawyer ask him about this?

Mark1971 on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

So when they bring up Mitt’s dog on top of the car we can say at least the Romneys didn’t eat him.

Shay on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Where’s PETA?

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

but … didn’t Alf eat cats

How many HA denizens actually know about ALF?

One of the funniest shows of all time.

And yes, ALF ate cats.

BobMbx on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

hahahahahahahahahahaha

Obama EATS DOGS???????????

Obama EATS DOGS???????????

Obama EATS DOGS???????????

Obama EATS DOGS???????????

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Calling Michelle Obama a dog, KOOLAID2? You’re a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Where? I didn’t see that comment. Has it been removed from the thread?

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Jim Treacher is a must follow on twitter. When are you coming back, AP?

kim roy on April 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Haven’t seen much of Bo lately…

OMG!

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

War on Pets.

Electrongod on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Good one. ; )

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

His wife barks!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

He looks ready for a big meal…Moochelle?

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

muslims don’t like dogs.

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Not even with ketchup?

Fallon on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

We can all laugh, but Romney better bring big guns to this fight and HIT them hard. I am no Romney supporter but the man is thousands of times better than POSOTUS.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

MSM to announce that the Seamus story was just a distraction and, really, just a joke. They were kidding. 3-2-1…

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

You’re a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Wait, is this the faux outrage over the faux outrage? Look who’s talking, btw.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

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).
=======================

This is an OUTRAGEOUS OUTRAGEY,I can not believe,

that Hopey,

is pandering,for the Lizard People Vote!

My Gawd,whats next,

Donkey Meat!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

“How loving owners transport their dogs,” Axelrod wrote.

Speaking of Axelrod, has this been brought up yet?

the high life

kim roy on April 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Romney didn’t name his dog after himself,

But president BO, named his dog Bo. Not much ego there.

Wander on April 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

His wife barks!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I love that man. Platonically, speaking.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Not even with ketchup?

Fallon on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

On a bun
In the sun…

tom daschle concerned on April 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Why those evil Capitalists! Proof it’s a Dog-Eat=Dog world!

RavingLunatic on April 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I have a serious question. How should we refer to someone that shows contempt in so many ways to the rest of us? “Ma’am, your Highnass?”

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

OMG!!!

Obama’s a racist!!!

They prefer the black ones.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Oh man, Barry eat Seamus!

Speakup on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

What’s the diff between putting your dog in the back of the truck and putting him in as crate on top?

Bob's Kid on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I was introduced to dog meat (tough)

Obama: “Puppies are not as tough”

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Darn, ate.

Speakup on April 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

His wife barks!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

He looks ready for a big meal…Moochelle?

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

You are asserting Kool called Michelle Obama a dog because of these two comments when joined in quotes. Really?

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I have a serious question. How should we refer to someone that shows contempt in so many ways to the rest of us? “Ma’am, your Highnass?”

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Your Nostrils

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Women voters love a man that barbecues poodle legs.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

You are reading it wrong. You saw what you wanted to see.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Exit question: I like the last one that Treacher posted, but … didn’t Alf eat cats?

So?

Jim Treacher on April 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

This WH and re-election campaign crowd seem to be in a heightened state of hypocrisy in the past few weeks. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

DrStock on April 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

War on Pets.

Electrongod on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Electrongod:Ugh,Democrats have opened another front!!:)

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

This trumps Seamus on the car roof.

Philly on April 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Fareed Zakaria finds these ^^^ comments insensitive.

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Reggie Love loved dog meat.

BHO Jonestown on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Calling Michelle Obama a dog, KOOLAID2? You’re a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

…..well…Thank you!

His wife barks!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

…and you’re nucking futs!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Your Nostrils

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Please don’t encourage me to act out. :)

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

This trumps Seamus on the car roof.

Philly on April 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Especially if the dog was “butchered” Korean style…

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Romney put a dog on top of a car. Obama put a dog on top of rice. #WeWillNotBeSilenced

Bwahahahaha. Hillary should have hit him on the eating dogs thing.

Southernblogger on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

You are asserting Kool called Michelle Obama a dog because of these two comments when joined in quotes. Really?

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

What else could it be? Jesus, this place has become a sewer pit for Freeper wannabes. Eff off.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

…and you’re nucking futs!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Must be, cause I can’t imagine you calling the first lady anything other than delightful. ; )

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

Midas on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Of course now the libtards will twist themselves into knots explaining how dog is actually a delicacy and Americans are stupid for not eating them.

Southernblogger on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Bad news: Obama used to eat dog meat

Does he drink his morning urine like some of the Indians do? I’m saying yep, as he wouldn’t want to waste any of his awesomeness.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Obama doesn’t put dogs on top of cars, it dries out the meat.

Rusty Allen on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

It isn’t an issue, it’s devastating pushback on a stupid talking point. Bring up Romney’s dog, you’ll hear about Obama’s dog…meal.

Twitter snark is not campaigning.

Pablo on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Exit question: I like the last one that Treacher posted, but … didn’t Alf eat cats?
====================

If Alf is a male,ahem,than yes!!!
(sarc).

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Jesus, this place has become a sewer pit for Freeper wannabes. Eff off.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

And folks with thin skin don’t forget.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I wonder if he prefers the taste of Cocker Spaniel or Golden Retriever with his arugula.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

…we aren’t discussing your lunch!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Eff off.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

You could have at least had the stones to spell it out brave one.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

See, now, when they bring up the dog on the car roof story, we can wink and laugh and say, “Well, at least they didn’t eat it…hahahahaha!!!!” It’s just like the “Moms don’t work” meme, it inoculates Mitts against some bad Karma. The commielibs hate it so much when we laugh at them that they will move on to the next thing.

Knott Buyinit on April 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Fareed Zakaria finds these ^^^ comments insensitive.

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Does he have a good recipe???

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Hey, where did angryed go?

Jim Treacher on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

And Seamus was supposed to have been a major campaign issue…

Once again the Democrats have skewered the pooch.

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Anyway, the Obama/dog jokes are flying in the righty blogosphere tonight. Exit question: I like the last one that Treacher posted, but … didn’t Alf eat cats?
==========================

ALF’s body is covered with a ginger/rust-colored fur (he once described his color as burnt sienna). He has a rippled snout, facial moles, eight stomachs, his heart is apparently located in his head, and he likes to burp,

eat cats,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALF_(TV_series)

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Obama doesn’t put dogs on top of cars, it dries out the meat.

Rusty Allen on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

ROTFLMAO. I want to see Tommy Christopher write one of his simpering articles on this just to be able to slap around some liberals.

Southernblogger on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

You are what you eat………

Sparty on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Fast, cheap and easy?

imshocked on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Man, just shows how long it took for somebody to be bothered to read this far into Zero’s crappy book. I have to wonder what will be found out if anybody gets all the way into chapter 3. Alas, we’ll never know…

Gingotts on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

There is a treasure trove of neat stuff in there if only our brilliant strategist would use it.

Jeezus, if the Germans were up to the French border in 1939 with our crowd in charge they would ask “do you think somethings up?”

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I wonder if he prefers the taste of Cocker Spaniel or Golden Retriever with his arugula.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

No. I was dead serious. SE Asians prefer the black dogs.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Calling Michelle Obama a dog, KOOLAID2? You’re a piece of s**t.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I agree. No decent person would ever insult dogs that way! It’s almost as barbaric as–say–eating them!

Benedict Nelson on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

You could have at least had the stones to spell it out brave one.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I wanted to make sure it got through the filter, numbnuts.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“How loving owners transport their dogs,” Axelrod wrote.

 
In their colons.

rogerb on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Out: Hope and Change

In: Scope and Mange

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Hot dogs strangely deleted from future DNC fundraising picnics.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Hey, where did angryed go?

Jim Treacher on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Obama ate him!

Benedict Nelson on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Hey, where did angryed go?

Jim Treacher on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

sulking and fixing to turn into the Hulk—cause he’s vewy angwy.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I wanted to make sure it got through the filter, numbnuts.
 
SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

 
Careful. Purposely dodging the filter is a bannable offense. Saw Ed post about it last week or so.

rogerb on April 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Must be, cause I can’t imagine you calling the first lady anything other than delightful. ; )

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

…meeeeeeeee?…For the first time in my adult life…I’m proud of my vacationing firsr lady!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

How cautious of you. You’re funny!

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Obama 2012: Finger Lickin Good

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Give the guy a break. Barry’s dad told him they were eating unicorn.

hepcat on April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Let me eat Waffles.

terryannonline on April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Oh and apparently very thin skinned. ; )

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I wanted to make sure it got through the filter, numbnuts.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Bmore’s nuts are not numb but I’m wondering about you precious.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Wait shouldn’t the real outrage about be him eating snake. For a politician that’s practically cannibalism.

Gaurav on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Once again the Democrats have skewered the pooch.

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Outstanding!

topdog on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Hey, where did angryed go?

Jim Treacher on April 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Attending his weekly PETA meeting and reporting you to Attack Watch.

JPeterman on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

At least he didn’t travel with it on the roof of the car.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

At least Seamus lived; can’t say the same for Obama’s dinner.

Dark Star on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Obama tries for the Hispanic vote…

Yo Quiero Taco Bell

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

So I’m thinking,wouldn’t it be smart idea,or prudent,
for that matter to have Secret Service Protection,for Bo,
the Obama family dog!!

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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