In the run-up to the last Presidential election, the treatment of dogs became an issue when Barack Obama’s campaign harped on an incident involving Mitt Romney. Now, Obama finds himself in the hot seat for his treatment of canines.
A 2007 report revealed that in 1983 Romney put the family dog, Seamus, in a kennel on top of his vehicle and made the 12-hour trek from Boston to Ontario.
“It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause,” blogged liberal David Kravitz after hearing the news.
The story broke when family and friends reminisced about Romney’s life to The Boston Globe. Someone remembered the time that the dog on the roof had diarrhea.
“Thinking of the wind, the weather, the speed, the vulnerability, the isolation on the roof, it is commonsense that any dog who’s under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels. That alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured,” responded Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The issue resurfaced in this election when Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a picture of Obama and his dog, Bo, inside a vehicle together. The picture included the comment: How loving owners transport their dogs.
But now, conservatives are turning to Obama’s canine past: He ate man’s best friend.
In his book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, the President describes dog meat.
“With Lolo [Obama’s stepfather], I learned how to eat small green chili 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.”
The knowledge launched the hashtag #ObamaDogRecipes on twitter. “Chicken Poodle Soup” and “Pugs in a Blanket” are among the more memorable tweets.
Conservatives are now asking this question: Is it more humane to transport Fido on top of a car or to eat him?