Skip to comments.Going to the dogs: When do presidents trot out the first pooch?
Posted on 06/23/2012 9:30:12 AM PDT by Zakeet
Does the first dog, Bo, get his biggest headlines during wartime?
A new study, "The Politics of Pets in the White House," suggests that presidents carefully calculate when best to showcase their furry friendsand periods of military conflict tend to be primetime for presidential pets.
"In times of crisis, the American people want a steady hand at the helm," the study notes. "How else to establish that a president is in charge than seeing the commander-in-chief confidently playing fetch with a four-legged companion in the middle of the afternoon?"
The report, primarily conducted by researchers at George Washington University, appears in the July issue of the publication "Political Science and Politics." While presidents have long had a tradition of pet-keeping, the study finds a few trends in the way the occupier of the Oval Office capitalizes on Man's Best Friend.
President Barack Obama's dog, Bo, has certainly been no stranger to the media.
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Zak would like to comment on the picture in the article ... released by the White House ... but he's afraid that if he described what it looks like the Royal Idiot might be about to do to his food ... Zak would be banned from Free Republic for life ... (sigh)
Bo? I thought the first dog was Mo!
You have got to be kidding me!
I’ll do it for you. The dog is thinking, “ Who is this guy and what is planning to do to me from the back like this?”
Definitely the Portugese water dog is a lib-dog. He wouldn’t be caught dead with a German Sherpher, rottie, mali, lab, or coonhounds. After all these dogs are members of the military, police departments, or hunt. Groups that are the antithesis of a liberal dog.
To Obama, a dog is like every other group, gays, soldiers, blacks, hispanics, they are used for photo ops mostly.
You know the guy is in deep doo-doo when you start trotting out the dog, dancing with Moochelle in the White House - remember Clinton dancing on the beach with Hillary complete with music - and having to resort to prayers - yeah the guy is desperate.