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Apparently, Conservatives Don’t Like Obama’s Dog Either

Yesterday, there was a ridiculous story making its way around the conservative blogosphere claiming that the White House had flown Bo, the White House Dog, back from Hawaii for a photo op with the President:

This may not be the biggest story of the year, and in all likelihood it probably isn’t even true. But did the president really order the first dog back from Hawaii to the White House to be a prop for a Petsmart photo op? According to a report, Bo (a dog whose name is an acronym for his owner’s — coincidence?) was spotted one day in Hawaii, where Mrs. Obama had gone for vacation in advance of her husband, and in a “regular guy at the pet store” photo-op with President Obama in Virginia the next day.

Granted, this could be accomplished with no cost to the taxpayer, if Air Force Two (which would have flown Mrs. Obama to Hawaii) was returning home to Andrews AFB anyway. And reports of Bo (the dog, not the president) being in Hawaii could well prove false, thus mooting Bo-gate as an election-year political scandal. But let’s say it is true. Really, Mr. President? And shouldn’t some advance staffer be fired for letting the dog get on the plane in the first place?

I love how this story starts out this story isn’t really a big deal, it’s probably not true, but lets bash Obama anyway. And that’s from National Review, the supposed voice of reasonable conservatism. Actually, the story started out on something called the “White House Dossier” and quickly got picked up by a number of conservative bloggers yesterday, all of whom picked it up and repeated it as if it were gospel. Nobody bothered to really check and see if it was true or not.

As it turns out, it wasn’t:

There’s a flurry of reports in the blogosphere today on whether first dog Bo was flown back from Hawaii to the nation’s capital for a photo op after President Barack Obama and Bo appeared Wednesday at a store in Alexandria, Va.

Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place told the Star-Advertiser Sunday, “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking.”

A White House spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

This afternoon, Miscovich released the following statement:”It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

It’s a ridiculous story when you think about it. Fly a dog all the way back to Washington for a photo op? Would anyone believe that? Well, I guess if you hate someone enough, you would.

Besides that, attack the President all you want folks, but can’t you just leave the poor dog alone? What did he ever do to you?

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Comments

  1. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    Fly a dog all the way back to Washington for a photo op? Would anyone believe that?

    Well they already believed that he used a jet to fly him to Maine for a vacation.

    Seems kind of an obsession. Alternate explanation: recycled rumours are more efficient since you can get more rage out of the same amount of wasted memory :P.

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  2. John Peabody says:

    Have you no decency, sir? What did that beloved creature, yea, indeed, man’s best friend, ever do to you?

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  3. Hey Norm says:

    Woof.

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  4. PJ says:

    No wonder lots of conservatives don’t like the dog, It’s not an American dog, it’s a Portuguese Water Dog. That Obama picked a foreign dog and not a American dog like the American Water Spaniel just proves how un-American he is.

    WHERE’S BO’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE? DID BO CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY?

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  5. mantis says:

    Bo is taking the jobs from American Water Dogs!

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  6. Kylopod says:

    Why would they hate his dog? Well it goes back a long way to when he selected it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li7SRUX2Y7Q

    (An oldie but a goodie.)

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  7. John Peabody says:

    B.O. Also stands for Ban Organizations! This so-called “American President” is AGAINST the National Organization for Women!!!!!

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  8. anjin-san says:

    Bo is being trained to hate whitey. Its true.

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  9. Ernieyeball says:

    National Review!?!!???
    Next lie those slugs will be spreading is that Santa Claus is some sort of Socialist …or that he doesn’t even EXIST!!!

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  10. mantis says:

    The American Spectator agrees with Palin that Obama has wrecked Christmas for everyone.

    I’ll repeat what I said on another thread. Is there a single conservative worth taking seriously anymore?

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  11. Porkopolis says:

    Perhaps this is all Committee to Re-elect psy-ops…you have to admit that’s a darn good photo op. Nonetheless, the lede is being buried in all this Bo-gate.

    The real issue was the additional expense and increase of the White House’s carbon footprint associated with Michelle and kids going to Hawaii first; then followed by the President.

    Paraphrasing Instapundit, ‘I’ll believe it’s a crisis (AGW, Wasteful Energy use, etc.) when those advocating the crisis start acting like it is a crisis’

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  12. mantis says:

    @Porkopolis:

    The real issue was the additional expense and increase of the White House’s carbon footprint associated with Michelle and kids going to Hawaii first; then followed by the President is attacking the president for anything and everything he does, even if we have to make stuff up to do it.

    FTFY

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  13. Porkopolis says:

    @mantis:

    By “make stuff up to do it”…you’re referring to Obama’s home-state paper and his neighbors. They must really have it out for him.

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  14. mantis says:

    By “make stuff up to do it”…you’re referring to Obama’s home-state paper and his neighbors.

    Funny that the link you provide goes to a story debunking the latest crap you conservative liars invented.

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  15. Porkopolis says:

    @mantis:

    Perhaps an new year’s resolution to combat obtuseness is in your future…From the article:

    …Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place told the Star-Advertiser Sunday, “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking.”…

    (FTFY)^2

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  16. mantis says:

    Keep reading, dumbass:

    A White House spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

    This afternoon, Miscovich released the following statement:“It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

    You scumbags will lie even when the truth is smacking you in the face.

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  17. Porkopolis says:

    @mantis:

    Let’s try this one more time, r   e   a   l   l   y   s  l  o  w    f   o   r   y  o  u…

    T h e   o r i g i n a l   s p e c u l a t i o n   w a s   s e e d e d  b y   a  p u b l i s h e d   r e p o r t   i n   a  r e p u t a b l e   (p r o  O b a m a – i n c l i n e d )   p a p e r.

    Now the speculation may or may not turn out to be true, but it was founded on the reporting. And it comes on the heels of Michelle heading off to Hawaii ahead of the President.

    Is the speculation politically motivated? Well, duh…yeah! But it’s not made out of whole cloth as is being asserted, daresay, in a politically motivated way.

    If you’re argument is that speculation is not warranted, then you’ll have to get rid of journalism like the following:

    Washington Post: Affirmative-action foes urge Supreme Court to take Texas case:

    Is the Supreme Court up for one more potentially divisive and game-changing case in a term that already holds the potential to be the most significant in decades?

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  18. Miscreant says:

    “Nobody bothered to really check and see if it was true or not.”

    Funny. I remember when the same OTB blogger went ahead and posted this false story without ever checking to see if it was true, or not:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/herman-cains-supporters-are-not-helping-him/

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  19. Porkopolis says:

    @Miscreant:

    Ouch…that’s going to leave a mark.

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  20. labman57 says:

    Not only did Obama have the dog flown back to D.C., Bo piloted the plane.

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  21. Conservgal says:

    Conservatives have nothing against the dog. Its the spending of his oblivious humans we can’t stomach!

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