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Obama campaign puts Bo on the trail
Washington Post ^ | 4/30/2012 | Dan Eggen

Posted on 05/01/2012 7:38:06 AM PDT by Qbert

President Obama has unleashed a particularly unusual fundraiser for his 2012 campaign.

One Internet ad starts with a two-toned blue background, like dozens of other pro-Obama spots. Then the furry star pops into the frame, tongue out and ready to frolic. “Join Pet Lovers for Obama,” the ad implores.

The unlikely pitchman is Bo, the White House family pet, who may well be the first “first dog” to emerge as a central player in a presidential reelection campaign.

Political pets have long attracted inordinate attention, from then-Sen. Richard M. Nixon’s dog, Checkers — the focus of an early 1950s scandal that slowed his political ascent — to Bill Clinton’s adopted stray cat, Socks. In 2004, George W. Bush’s campaign put together a tongue-in-cheek video for the Republican National Convention seeking advice from Barney, Bush’s Scottish terrier, on how to attract the “canine vote.”

But Obama appears to be breaking ground by featuring his Portuguese water dog so prominently in official campaign advertisements and fundraising efforts...[Snip]

The strategy is also an attempt to capitalize on the persistent controversy over canines that has dogged the 2012 race. Obama’s presumed GOP rival, Mitt Romney, has come under fire from Democrats and animal-rights activists for transporting his now-deceased Irish setter, Seamus, in a crate tied atop the family station wagon for a 12-hour trip to Canada in the 1980s. Republicans, in turn, have highlighted Obama’s recollection in his 2004 autobiography that he had eaten dog meat as a child in Indonesia.

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The campaign also offers nearly a dozen Bo- or pet-themed products on its Web site, including a $12 “Cats for Obama” collar and a $35 red, white and blue “Obama Dog” sweater. “This adorable Obama dog sweater will keep your furry friend feeling cozy and looking stylish,”...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bo; dogs; obama; obamacampaign; obamadog
President Dog-eater pushes back...
1 posted on 05/01/2012 7:38:19 AM PDT by Qbert
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2 posted on 05/01/2012 7:41:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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No, he’s not on the trail, he’s on the menu.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 7:44:11 AM PDT by glorgau
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Bo’s looking pretty good for a dog that was adopted from a shelter. Oh, wait..........


4 posted on 05/01/2012 7:47:09 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: glorgau

I always thought it ironic that Ted (the swimmer) Kennedy gave Obama a Portuguese water dog.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 7:49:59 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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If Ted Kennedy had wanted to send Obama something for a sandwich, it would have been a waitress, not a dog.


6 posted on 05/01/2012 7:51:04 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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It’s what’s for dinner...


7 posted on 05/01/2012 7:51:40 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: dblshot

Everything about dems is a big F-U to America.

Everything.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 7:55:34 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: glorgau

Woof!

(stay out of the kitchen Bo!)


9 posted on 05/01/2012 7:56:00 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("anti-American dog-eating freak" so how is it even possible, you don't wonder "who?")
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Poor dog...Obama will whore out anyone and anything


10 posted on 05/01/2012 7:56:27 AM PDT by Otis Firefly
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Bo is the perfect pet for Idi Obama, just another half-white, half-black SOB.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 8:01:38 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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and a $35 red, white and blue “Obama Dog” sweater.

I'd pay for an "Obama Dog" plate and chopsticks... just so long as Obama didn't get any of the money.

12 posted on 05/01/2012 8:03:06 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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“People look at a whole constellation of attributes when they vote for president,” McKinnon said. “Pet lover may not be high on the list, but it’s on the list.”

I couldn't care less about a candidate's pets. I want to know about their policies and ideas and integrity; unfortunately, policies and ideas are rarely discussed, and politicians in general lack integrity.

13 posted on 05/01/2012 8:05:54 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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Pathetic.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 8:07:51 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (A vote for a liberal doesn't advance conservatism, no matter how much you lie to yourself about it.)
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“Pathetic.”

Quite a step down from Hopeychange...


15 posted on 05/01/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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I hear they are thinking of changing his name from the Chineese slave name of “Bo” (meaning unexplained) to the French name of “Entre” which means delicious tapas.

Hell....ol barry has changed his name so often his dog is bound to do the same soon.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 8:23:59 AM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (EFF u Obama.....and you too, Holder!)
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Obama campaign puts Bo on the trail

And if anybody is stupid enough to base their vote for Obama on his dog being on the campaign trail, they deserve to have him for another four years.

17 posted on 05/01/2012 8:25:00 AM PDT by apillar
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Desperate times as the O campaign looks for new ways to bring in donations..

or is the WH truly ‘going’ to the dogs’?


18 posted on 05/01/2012 8:28:07 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Can we vote for Bo instead this November?


19 posted on 05/01/2012 8:49:07 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (remember when "Four more years!" was a credible campaign slogan for an incumbent?)
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Might as well.....all of Obama’s policies are dog crap.


20 posted on 05/01/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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I wish they’d put Bo on the ballot instead of on the campaign trail or on the menu. I would very happily take Bo as president over either Obama or Romney, if Bo was the actual decider.


21 posted on 05/01/2012 9:08:03 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Iron Munro

Barak’s mirror pictures. http://www.freakingnews.com/Obama-s-Mirror-Pictures—2756-0.asp
There’s one with bo in the safe, but you’ll like most of these


22 posted on 05/01/2012 9:26:35 AM PDT by sunny48 (America, home of the offended)
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“Join Pet Lovers for Obama”

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves....

23 posted on 05/01/2012 9:49:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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unlike the secret service, Bo doesnt have to get liquored up to act like he wants to be there


24 posted on 05/01/2012 9:49:11 AM PDT by tm61 (somewhere in chicago, a ward is missing it's crook)
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Oh Shit.
He is taking the dog and the BBQ grill.
Bye Bye BO.
You ain't a pit bull, but with enough "Southern" BBQ sauce you would probably taste pretty good.
25 posted on 05/01/2012 10:09:56 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Cold War Veteran. . . . US Army Security Agency 1964-1968- I have now gone pecan.)
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