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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This is going to be a ruff campaign season.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

He did put his dog on the roof of his mouth

Elizabetty on April 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Brava!

Fallon on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

A Baby Ate My Dingo

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM

So will SNL do a couple weeks of Barry Eats Dog skits…? Any bets they don’t touch it?
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RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Sure, have little Barry turning a dog on a spit over an open fire. Great fun.

pedestrian on April 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

if they don’t do a bit on that picture of cameron eating a ‘hotdog’ next to barry at the baseball game they haven’t got any b@lls.

Fighton03 on April 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Obama’s favorite video as a child.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

ALINSKY RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more.

Thank you, Alinsky. Thank you. Thank you.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

…it’s okay bud! (Sorry…*holds out hand*)…we get a little snarky and light here sometimes…when all we hear lately from the people that work for this administration is “Mr. Chairman…under the advice of council…” and a fifth estate that goes out of it’s way to ignore the shortcomings and carry the water for all the Hope & Change they’ve brought us…

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I’m sorry, too. I’m going to give myself a timeout with a cold beer and come back when I’m not a jerk. Insert joke about that taking a long time here.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I sure there are a few peeps that attended one of the many now infamous Obama Bar-a-Ques at the White House… who just threw up in their mouths a little…
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RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM

from twitter:

@jimgeraghty Vladimir just transmitted back, “I cannot believe you ate that.”

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:03 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 guess I should have made it in a more sexual connotation!…but then Dr. T would have been here in a greyhound minute!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM

In the past Obama ate dogs. Now in the present he eats your children’s future.

VorDaj on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Obama’s always got indigestion after watching 101 Dalmations.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

LOL…can we expect these twitter sh*tstorms every week?

rubberneck on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Fluke??????

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I’m surprised his wife didn’t object to it! “Barry, how *could* you? Why, that might be my sister for all you know?”

MelonCollie on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

has Drudge linked to this ‘story’ yet?…

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

He did put his dog on the roof of his mouth

Elizabetty on April 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Brava!

Fallon on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

…I had to read it twice before ROTFALMAO!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Obama’s always got indigestion after watching 101 100 Dalmations.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM

FIFY

Fighton03 on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

This is going to be a ruff campaign season.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Obama did bow to that Saudi King.

VorDaj on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

We’re buying Chow Chow, guys. Come on.

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Holder just hired 1600 pet detectives

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Party Of (Commie) Ideas

FIFY

kjl291 on April 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM

This is going to be a ruff campaign season.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Obama did bow to that Saudi King.

VorDaj on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Must that image always dog him?

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM

ABC this week

Finely textured beef = Bad

Ground Dog = Good!

Hahahahahahaha
Got to get some Obama dog recipe t-shirts for when my Brietbart is here ones are dirty

ConcealedKerry on April 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

from twitter:

@jimgeraghty Vladimir just transmitted back, “I cannot believe you ate that.”

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM

why, Barkey shows ‘flexibility’ when it comes to culinary delights :-)….

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Now we know why Moochie is so fixated on what people eat…
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RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Obama to MC Puppy Bowl 2012.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

we have struck rock bottom and we are starting to dig…..

ted c on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

This is going to be a ruff campaign season.
profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Obama did bow to that Saudi King.

VorDaj on April 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Must that image always dog him?

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM

looooooool :-)…

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

where is Ace Ventura when you need him?

ted c on April 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Ladysmith,

Thanks!

DrStock on April 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM

we have struck rock bottom and we are starting to dig…..

ted c on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Let’s just let sleeping dogs lie.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Two words:

SCOOBY SNACKS

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I know the Secret Service has a lot to deal with right now, but are they protecting Bo? From Obama, I mean.

Hahahahahahaha!

itsnotaboutme on April 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

canine cutlets

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Obama to MC Puppy Bowl 2012.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

…those “Best in Show” dogs should look into those 10 or 11 Secret Service people from Colombia that may need work…for protection!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Doggone shame will it will hound him.

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I am guessing Drudge is still mulling how exactly to best position this. I do see a picture of Michelle and Bo on the front page.

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

#ObamaDogRecipes

Is trending on twitter….I crap you not.

rubberneck on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Obama to review the K-9 Corps tomorrow.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM

LOL @ Barack’s team

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Two words:

SCOOBY SNACKS

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Mochelle’s new campaign for kids’ healtthy lunch???

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Who here has never enjoyed a good Poodle Tart for breakfast?

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I’m partial to Great Danish myself.

Dark Star on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

healthy…

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Remember when the Left got all bent out of shape when Sarah Palin was *gasp* shooting wild game from a helicopter?

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

we have struck rock bottom and we are starting to dig…..

ted c on April 17, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I am always under you, NOTHING is beneath me

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chilli 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).

Ahh, dog meat, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

TXUS on April 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

So, Mrs. TexasDan has eaten dog in Indonesia as well. She says it was unbelievably spicy.

Also also, as I learned (anecdotally) when living there, and I promise you any Indonesian will confirm:

the black dogs taste the best.

TexasDan on April 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

He did put his dog on the roof of his mouth

Elizabetty on April 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Bwahahaha!

ccrosby on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

@slone

What’s the difference between a hockey Mom and a pit bull? Ketchup.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

The bad news is… Barry just locked the cat vote.
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RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

…it’s okay bud! (Sorry…*holds out hand*)…we get a little snarky and light here sometimes…when all we hear lately from the people that work for this administration is “Mr. Chairman…under the advice of council…” and a fifth estate that goes out of it’s way to ignore the shortcomings and carry the water for all the Hope & Change they’ve brought us…

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I’m sorry, too. I’m going to give myself a timeout with a cold beer and come back when I’m not a jerk. Insert joke about that taking a long time here.

SnarkVader on April 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I’m very proud of you two. Isn’t that much better? Well maybe proud isn’t exactly what I mean. More like, glad to see you sharing a good sportsman ship moment.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Remember when the Left got all bent out of shape when Sarah Palin was *gasp* shooting wild game from a helicopter?

SouthernGent on April 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Honestly don’t remember that part. Lousy sight in maybe. But hey, Cool. Alaska has the strictest “nothing goes to waste” laws in North America.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM

From Jake Trappers piece,AP’s linky.

Try and wrap your brain around this Lefty MindSet!!
————————————————–

And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting

the Romney team was attacking a child,

since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I am guessing Drudge is still mulling how exactly to best position this. I do see a picture of Michelle and Bo on the front page.

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM

there’s a lot of potential there, with both the headline and the imagery :-)…

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Well, dogs are man’s best tasting friend.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Why do I keep hearing Cypress Hill in my head rapping about how Barry Hussein Is Insane On The Great Dane With The Propane?

Why, Barry, why?

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I’m partial to Great Danish myself.

Dark Star on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

^^
**
=

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Now we know why Bo has that pleading expression.

minnesoter on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I answered your question about linking back on the Michelle Obama thread @10:15.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Got it to work! Thanks again.

DrStock on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

The bad news is… Barry just locked the cat vote.
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RalphyBoy on April 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

+1

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Everything Obama’s tried lately… the War on Women, the Buffet Rule… has been met with “that dog won’t hunt.” Well, no wonder.

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Bo, when daddy Zero asks someone on the WH staff to “wok the dog”, run!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I’m partial to Great Danish myself.

Dark Star on April 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM

No way, chocolate lab donuts.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting

the Romney team was attacking a child,

since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

well, yeah, he chose to recount the episode in his memoirs, he could have left it out, so it’s fair game…I could have lived perfectly fine ignorant of this particular ‘biographical’ detail of baraka…

jimver on April 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Is that caption photo “OBAMA PREPARES TO WOLF DOWN A MEAL“?

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

More twitter:

@HeyTammyBruce: Obama loves dogs. Right next to the mashed potatoes #ObamaDogRecipes

crosspatch on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Everything Obama’s tried lately… the War on Women, the Buffet Rule… has been met with “that dog won’t hunt.” Well, no wonder.

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Wonderful!!!!!!

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

From Jake Trappers piece,AP’s linky.

Try and wrap your brain around this Lefty MindSet!!
————————————————–

And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting

the Romney team was attacking a child,

since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

When you’re desperately grasping at straws then you’ll grasp onto any straw you can get. The Romney campaign has had them in conniption fits all week.

alchemist19 on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

From Bloomberg-04/13/12

“In presidential politics, a candidate’s children are off limits. In the 2012 campaign, pets are fair game. Two dogs to be exact: Bo and Seamus. ”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-13/campaign-going-to-dogs-as-pacs-fix-on-romney-pet-s-ride.html

Just wait. Tomorrow there will be stories written in the liberal press that children and pets will be off limits.

redridinghood on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Being from New Orleans, I’d like one Po Bo’ sandwich please!

rubberneck on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Weimeraraner schnitzel!!!!

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Everything Obama’s tried lately… the War on Women, the Buffet Rule… has been met with “that dog won’t hunt.” Well, no wonder.

de rigueur on April 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

What?? I wasn’t aiming for the bird!!!

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:36 PM

New Bob Barker line: Don’t forget to spay or neuter your pets … or Obama will eat them.

Weight of Glory on April 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM

This needs to be broadcast from the rooftops until Election Night.

Obama and Axelrod really planned on making the dog carrier story a centerpiece of their campaign against Romney.

So sorry that didn’t work out for you guys. Everytime they bring up the dog carrier story, Team Romney gets a twofer: dog meat eating Obama AND they get to talk about Obama’s Muslim upbringing.

Game. Set. Match

BradTank on April 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM

The puppy bowl isn’t a buffet menu.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

at last a “Pussy Bites Dog” story…

mittens on April 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Update: This really is going to be the dumbest campaign ever, isn’t it?

This campaign was dumb when we were forced to talk about women’s issues.

The Nerve on April 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM

And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting

the Romney team was attacking a child,

since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

But Barry wrote that book as an adult. He thought it was pretty funny, and was not the least bit apologetic about his culinary adventures.

galtani on April 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Buffet rule addendum: Dogs – fried, stewed or nude.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Being from New Orleans, I’d like one Po Bo’ sandwich please!

rubberneck on April 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

A lagniappe for you, partner: have a bowl of GumBo on me.

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Obama to review the K-9 Corps tomorrow.

profitsbeard on April 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Obama to review the K-9 Corpse tomorrow.

FIFY

Fender54 on April 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

@dcseth

Now we know what happened to Blue Dog Democrats

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

If I had a son, he would look like Clifford, the big Red dog

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

From the Tapper link:
 

Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat.

 
Ha.

rogerb on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Keeps getting better. What happens when you let an idea baste.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

If I had a son, he would look like Clifford, the big Red dog

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

THREAD WINNER

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Eric Fehrnstrom’s tweet was kind of lame. He can do a lot better by stealing any number of lines from this thread.

galtani on April 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

@dcseth

Now we know what happened to Blue Dog Democrats

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Priceless.

redridinghood on April 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM

When those supporting Obama went down this track. How many of them thought the response would be “our guy didn’t eat dog.”

Seriously this was a stupid issue to begin with but, when the left kept pushing it, the push back that Obama ate dog by his own admission is fair game.

My prediction, this whole idiocy just stopped.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Has Obama tried the German shepherds pie?

Weight of Glory on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

If y’all have a chance and feel like weighing in on Tinas dog thread. I’m sure she would appreciate breaking the 700 mark. Its here.

Bmore on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Twitter TrackBacks for:

Obama as a Boy Ate Dog Meat
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http://topsy.com/abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/obama-as-a-boy-ate-dog-meat/

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

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

In Barry’s case, not on, but in, his stomach.

galtani on April 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Michael Vick: “At least I didn’t eat the dogs after I killed em.”

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

My prediction, this whole idiocy just stopped.

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Too much fun. And doesn’t that describe everything about him???

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The left is doubling down.

By morning, they will have a declared April, EatADog For Obama month. mmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmm.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

unless you’re a dog

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

By Popular Demand!
(sarc)

Ted Nugent – Dog Eat Dog (HQ)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhRLg_BMxX8

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM

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