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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Still laughing that the theme related advertising involves dogs. On my screen right now is “Darwins All Natural Raw Dog”

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM

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

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Wait. Wait. Do you mean Obama ate DEAD PUPPIES?????

Obama ate DEAD PUPPIES???

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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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

jimver:With a Sarah Palin…*Wink*…U-Betcha,fair game it is!

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

So – ask yourself: Exactly WHO is Allahpundit, Ed and Hot Air HELPING by Giving Oxygen to THIS Story, THIS Meme and THIS point of view?

Hint: It’s NOT Conservatives OR Romney

This is as helpful as polyps.

williamg on April 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

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

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Peasant!!!!

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Wait. Wait. Do you mean Obama ate DEAD PUPPIES?????

Obama ate DEAD PUPPIES???

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

well…they aren’t much fun.

Fighton03 on April 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

The Stupidest Negative Use of The Internet out there…..

williamg on April 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.

Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

And now the real point comes up.

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

If you didn’t see the #ObamaDogRecipes, you missed out :P

MeatHeadinCA on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Cruela/Barack/DeVille!

canopfor on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Please remember poor Fido, eaten in the line of duty.

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

The Stupidest Negative Use of The Internet out there…..

williamg on April 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Backpage????

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Mr. Obama, END YOUR WAR ON DOGS! JUST SAY NO!

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Regarding the “Dreams of My Father” book that keeps being mentioned, I’ve never read or listened to the whole book but I have about a dozen custom ringtones I made from it that are great. I’ve never had ringtones that are so full of gutter profanities and they are all spoken by the sitting President. Now that’s classy!

Fender54 on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.

Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

So you are saying he was not raised with the same values that most Americans share? Cool.

pedestrian on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Well so much for this idea

redridinghood on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

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

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Very fun! But I really think the days of complaining about the way the Romneys transported their Irish Setter on vacation in 1983 just ended. Injested v. transported. If you were in Team Obama would you push this issue any more?

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

This has me thinking, at least he’s qualified to be elected dog catcher.

Fighton03 on April 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Some further investigating will show that Obama considered Jewish/Israeli dogs as his favorite type to digest.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Jake Tapper has written about this!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/obama-as-a-boy-ate-dog-meat/

djn on April 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Best in Thread.

Christien on April 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Very fun! But I really think the days of complaining about the way the Romneys transported their Irish Setter on vacation in 1983 just ended. Injested v. transported. If you were in Team Obama would you push this issue any more?

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

who cares what THEY push anymore???

WryTrvllr on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

If you were in Team Obama would you push this issue any more?

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

nope. you’ll have concern trolls out posting on conservative blogs about how it’s not important or doesn’t help.

Fighton03 on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

The Stupidest Negative Use of The Internet out there…..

williamg on April 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM .

Thanks for your “concern“, moby.

/

M240H on April 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

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

brewcrew67 on April 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Some further investigating will show that Obama considered Jewish/Israeli dogs as his favorite type to digest.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM

That’s because he knows those dogs are unlikely to have consumed any pork, therefore they are halal and will meet his requirements for a quick, nutritious, Scooby snack.

Fender54 on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

We really should consult Chief of the food police.

Does Michelle Obama support the eating of dogs as a healthy alternative to pizza or a hamburger? Does she deem a weiner dog more healthy than wienerschnitzel?

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Well so much for this idea

redridinghood on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Is that REALLY Bo??? Yeah, that fits.

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

This is the superior issue-driven campaign these supposed intellectuals promised us?

promachus on April 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat.
brewcrew67 on April 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM

:)

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Its a dog thread just like this with only six spots left on the roof. Come on, what do say. Whatever it is say it here.

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Who’s up for a Setter summit?

M240H on April 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

What do you say?

Bmore on April 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Saw this on another site but am totally stealing it:

SOLYNDRA GREEN is PUPPIES!!!!!

Dark Star on April 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Pita bread v PETA bred

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Remember to eat your peas!

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

What breed goes well with Arugala?

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.
Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, we now have the rollout of the official left hive, Obama sanctioned talking point.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM

At least dog meat is sustainable!

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

This is the superior issue-driven campaign these supposed intellectuals promised us?

promachus on April 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM

like the LAST one???

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Saw this on another site but am totally stealing it:

SOLYNDRA GREEN is PUPPIES!!!!!

Dark Star on April 18, 2012 at 12:03 AM

LOL- the hilarity just keeps coming.

redridinghood on April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

So, if Michelle partook too, would we truly be living in a dog-eat-dog world?

*ducks*

nukemhill on April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

What breed goes well with Arugala?

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:04 AM

lhasa apso

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

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,” “Mmmmm mmmmm good” Axelrod wrote.

FTFY

Ward Cleaver on April 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Can HA please use this pic next time? http://yfrog.com/ghf0f1j

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

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

It would only be dumber if Rob Schneider were running.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Very fun! But I really think the days of complaining about the way the Romneys transported their Irish Setter on vacation in 1983 just ended. Injested v. transported. If you were in Team Obama would you push this issue any more?

Happy Nomad on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

THIS!

cicerone on April 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

what type does Jay Carney prefer??

Shih Tzu

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM

I wonder if the reason Team Obama is so bad at rapid response is because they’ve never had to do it before.

alchemist19 on April 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Can HA please use this pic next time? http://yfrog.com/ghf0f1j

MeatHeadinCA on April 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

MeatHeadinCA:Haha,too funny!:)

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Muslims aren’t allowed to eat Dog… Curious why his father would be serving dog.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Reminds me of that song.

“WHO LET THE DOGS OUT…WOOF, WOOF, WOOF.

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT…and into Obama’s mouth.”

sentinelrules on April 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

OBAMA 2012- He’s Dogged!

profitsbeard on April 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Carney: I know 3 dogs.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Muslims aren’t allowed to eat Dog… Curious why his father would be serving dog.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

wow. you guys are slow.

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Carney: I know 3 dogs.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Their names? Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

GOPRanknFile on April 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Obama: “Vote for Me or I will Eat This Puppy” replaces “Hope and Change.”

sentinelrules on April 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

So, if Michelle partook too, would we truly be living in a dog-eat-dog world?

nukemhill on April 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Given the fact that Michelle is the (apparently banned) word for a female dog, if she partook too it would be cannibalism.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Hmm. I’m thinking Obama should drop Biden and run with Glenn “Puppy Blender” Reynolds.

Puppy shakes for all!

nukemhill on April 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Will it be okay with PETA to wear dog skins, since we’re not killing Fido just to wear a fur coat?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM

I predict Food Stamp purchases will slow tomorrow.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Will it be okay with PETA to wear dog skins, since we’re not killing Fido just to wear a fur coat?

Typicalwhitewoman on April 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Coyote!!!

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Muslims aren’t allowed to eat Dog… Curious why his father would be serving dog.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Weak… like the Bassett Broth they serve on Air Force One these days.

M240H on April 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Muslims aren’t allowed to eat Dog… Curious why his father would be serving dog.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

There are hundreds of millions of Muslims-In-Name-Only.

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I’d rather see one of my dogs riding the roof of my truck than see it roasted with potatoes on my dinner plate. I hate obama even more now. Didn’t think that was possible.

But it’s early yet.

Wolfmoon on April 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Their names? Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

GOPRanknFile on April 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

You’re being set up.

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I am stealing this one from tweeter:

Barry’s Dog Recipe : Totofu.

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Thanks Hollywood & the MSM for foisting this cruel canine eating carnivore upon us.

redridinghood on April 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

@the_neokong

A dog in every pot

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Obama:
“Mitt, your policies serve up the same old conservative laissez faire!”

Romney:
“Would you prefer I serve Lassie fare?”

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:31 AM

@slone
If Bo had a son, he’d look just like Wendy’s

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Now Everyone’s Talking About How Barack Obama Ate A Dog
52 minutes ago
April 17 at 11:37PM
*******************

http://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-ate-a-dog-conservatives-response-to-mitt-romney-seamus-2012-4

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Obama: “Yes We Canine!”

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

For the love of Dog, please stop this.

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I have a question.

Did Jim Treacher come up with this gem by himself or was that a planted counter-punch by the Romney Campaign in response to the Seamus story the Dems and the media were beating to death for the last couple of days (and afterwards, Barry ate it)?

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

If Bo had a son, he’d look just like Wendy’s

faraway on April 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Hahahahaha!

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I am stealing this one from tweeter:

Barry’s Dog Recipe : Totofu.

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Totollini, in marinara.

M240H on April 18, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Not that I think team Romney should breathe any more life into this idiocy than it already has, but whenever Axelrod et al pull out the Seamus BS, Romney surrogates should respond every time with a replay of the story of when Romney shut down the company to look for his missing colleague’s teenage daughter.

ThanksMo on April 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM

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

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

My hat is off to you. You have kicked A all night with one right after another. ++

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Muslims aren’t allowed to eat Dog… Curious why his father would be serving dog.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Obama bragged often & loudly that his stepfather Lolo was “Muslim in name only,” that he ate pork & drank alcohol. True, he did this in large part to separate himself from the “He was raised by a Muslim stepfather” meme, but he’s stuck with that now. Anyone who paid attention in 2008 shouldn’t find it surprising that a guy who, according to Obama, flaunted Muslim tenets would also partake of dog.

Dark Star on April 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Obama ate DEAD PUPPIES???

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Yeah, but he prefers to call it veal.

TugboatPhil on April 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM

This Thread’s Greatest Hits:

Giving new meaning to “Scooby-snack”.

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

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

Obama: “Hey, we’re living in a dog-eat-dog world.”

Obama: “What breed goes well with Arugala?”

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

.

BTW…How many people have written not one but TWO autobiographies by the time they’re mid-40s, before they have accomplished anything?
E-G-O.
Reminds me of how he named his dog Bo after himself (B.O.).

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.

Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

So you are saying he was not raised with the same values that most Americans share? Cool.

pedestrian on April 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

How can he be president if he doesn’t know what it’s like to be an American? How can he relate?

He wants us to think that Mitt Romney’s wife can’t relate to the rest of us simply because she raised her children herself, while somehow he can relate when he was raised eating dog in Indonesia?

This is a gift to the Romneys.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I’m shocked that Palin threads blow up more than this. Obama eating dog. That rocks!

rubberneck on April 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.

Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

So should he write about it as an adult, as if it was really funny?

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I have a question.

Did Jim Treacher come up with this gem by himself or was that a planted counter-punch by the Romney Campaign in response to the Seamus story the Dems and the media were beating to death for the last couple of days (and afterwards, Barry ate it)?

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Great counter punch, but don’t forget Obozo wrote this, someone’s self, to lose any muslim aftertaste. EVERYTHING is scripted.

WryTrvllr on April 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

If Bo hears about this he might want to go back to Massachusetts. Driving around with the drunks on the Cape is better than getting put on the rotisserie.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM

galtani on April 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM

What… that there’s such a thing as a conservative Journ-O-List? XD

Actually, I think someone finally decided to actually READ Dreams of My Fathers for the story content… and then said, “hey, WAIT a minute!”

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

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

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

My hat is off to you. You have kicked A all night with one right after another. ++

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

+100

Has any one told you that Bo the dog is going to plead the 5th.

HUSH PUPPIES.

MontanaMmmm on April 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Come on guys, why can’t I just eat my wafflepuppy?

Deanna on April 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM

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

faraway on April 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

My hat is off to you. You have kicked A all night with one right after another. ++

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I swear to Dog, I’m getting that printed on a t-shirt tomorrow.

M240H on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I just love the new Media.

http://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-ate-a-dog-conservatives-response-to-mitt-romney-seamus-2012-4

redridinghood on April 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

redridinghood:Oops,apologies,I didn’t see your link,I was busy
googling!:)

canopfor on April 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Wally World with the doggy tied to the bumper.

Those were the days!

Sherman1864 on April 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Now even dogs know about Obama …

burrata on April 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM

BTW…How many people have written not one but TWO autobiographies by the time they’re mid-40s, before they have accomplished anything?
E-G-O.
Reminds me of how he named his dog Bo after himself (B.O.).

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Oh, I thought Bo was named after Body Odor. NVM.

Myron Falwell on April 18, 2012 at 12:50 AM

I would think twice about attending at $35,000/plate fundraising “DINNER” for Obama.

brewcrew67 on April 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

He was raised in Indonesia. Of course, he ate dog. That is a normal meal over there.

Voter from WA State on April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

not true at all, it’s very popular in Korea, not so much in Indonesia…Indonesia is a Muslim country (some 86% of their population anyways) and Muslims are not allowed to eat dog, so only the (fewer) non-muslim minorities there eat dog…so, nope, try something else, this argument with ‘everybody there eat dog’ is not working…

jimver on April 18, 2012 at 12:52 AM

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