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Dreams from My Schnauzer

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You guys, last night I had the most wonderful dream. In the dream, President Barack Obama bragged about eating dogs — In his own book! On the audiobook! — and his enablers couldn’t ignore it, and their “Romney is cruel to animals” narrative was totally ruined with the sweep of a paw. It was unbelievably awesome.

The dream is real.


A day after Ann Romney got asked by Diane Sawyer about the infamous Seamus, the dog with “the runs,” episode, things got real on Twitter – with a hashtag craze about President Obama having eaten dog meat when he was a kid living in Indonesia.

Top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom retweeted a Twitter post originally made by Obama adviser David Axelrod, in which he posted a picture of the president petting the neck of First Dog Bo and talked about how “loving owners” treat their dogs – a reference to Seamus riding in a kennel on top of the Romney family car, and getting sick.

“In hindsight, a chilling photo,” Fehrnstrom tweeted.

Daily Beast:

Mitt Romney will never live down the story of how he transported his family dog atop the car during a road trip. It’s been used against him by everyone from animal-rights groups to President Obama’s reelection campaign. Now the Daily Caller is here to remind the public that the president didn’t always treat dogs as nicely as he does his pet Bo. A passage from Obama’s book Dreams From My Father, reveals that as a child growing up in Indonesia, young Barack Obama ate dog meat.

Jake Tapper:

Much has been made about Mitt Romney, in 1983, putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof and driving from Boston to Canada, with said canine Seamus making his displeasure known in a rather scatological way.

Democrats have signaled they have every intention of making sure the American people — especially dog-lovers — know the tale. In January, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president and Bo in a car, with the snide observation: “@davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs.”

The Romney campaign signaled Tuesday night that they are not about to cede any ground when it comes to a candidate’s odd past with man’s best friend.

By the way, this is the Google News headline to Tapper’s story:

I assume Tapper didn’t write that. I wonder who did, and why?

(Update: ABC tells me that the Google News headline for that story was an automated Google error.)

Anyhow. I can’t take credit for remembering that Obama bragged about eating dogs, in print and on tape. I was tipped off by DC Trawler commenter FlatFoot (his real name):

With a hyperlink to the Dreams from My Father quote in question at Google Books.

You have to be pretty arrogant to put something like this on your resume and still persist in attacking your opponent for the way he treats dogs. Guess the Obama campaign figured nobody would bring it up.

How about that.

Update: I’m imagining a press conference in some alternate universe where the White House Press Corps actually asks Obama about this…

“Mr. President, can you tell us how you store your leftover dog meat?”

“Yes. We can.”

Update: Here it is, if you haven’t heard it yet.

Update: The talking points have gone out.

Barack Obama was 6-10 when he bragged about it in his book?

Update: Fun hashtag game! Feel free to join in.