Obama taking heat over provenance of new WH dog

Obama taking heat over provenance of new WH dog

Obama poutingCall him Bad-Luck Barack. He was originally advertised as the smoothest thing since Ex-Lax, but in the years since his first oath of office he has received nothing but grief. The mess he inherited in 2008 has gotten messier. He blames House Republicans, but in spite of that, his approval numbers, which were supposed to be stratospheric, are mired in the mid-40s.

The young people who, if anybody, would surely understand the way he rolls, have turned on him. His signature health care initiative has become toxic and foul-smelling, and those pesky wars in the Middle East that were supposed to end once he apologized to the world’s Muslim community have intensified. And new reports that Syria crossed the president’s 2012 red line and used chemical weapons on its women and children have even the French threatening to use force!

Bo and brother Sunny (in background)
Bo and brother Sunny (in background)

Poor Obama has gotten such a rotten hand that even the acts that are supposed to make a president lovable have come back to bite him. Take the new White House pup, Sunny. Isn’t everyone in the country supposed to forget making ends meet and swoon and go, “Ahhh”? Shouldn’t Americans think back to the seemingly carefree days of another young president, John F. Kennedy, who needed but to hurl a football across the White House lawn and feel warmed by the flash bulbs and whir of the camera film?

OK, Obama doesn’t know how to throw a football. But why is he getting grief over the new family pet?

It’s because, the Christian Science Monitor reports, Bo — the first Obama family dog, was a pure-bred, raised in a kennel. That was a no-no, coming at a time when rescue shelters across the country were complaining that they had more puppies in tow than they could can find homes for. Which meant a date with the euthanizer’s needle for the vast majority of strays they collect. The PC thing to do this time around, therefore, was to rescue a dog.

But the Obamas are being close-mouthed about Sunny’s provenance, other than to say he’s from Michigan (whose largest city by a cruel twist of fate has 50,000 stray dogs roaming the streets).

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, blogged his concerns on Tuesday that the Obamas have not been very forthcoming about Sunny’s origins. Wrote Pacelle:

As we always say in such circumstances, we hope the Obamas considered adoption or rescue as the first choice in obtaining a pet. We are pleased to learn that the First Family made a donation in Sunny’s name to the Washington Humane Society, which shows the family’s awareness of and concern for the problem of homeless dogs and cats in our nation.

But donations are a cheap fix. As Breitbart observes, they’re a lot  like carbon credits, which absolve people like Al Gore from contributing more than his share of pollution every year by writing a check.

Obama’s not likely to get a pass on what should be a PR cakewalk for a president in distress. Poor Bad-Luck Barack.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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