The economy. North Korea. Iran. Gas prices. Obamacare. Immigration. Dogs. Those seem to be the main issues of this campaign. One thing is for certain. We haven’t heard the last about the dogs.
Mitt Romney built a kennel, stuck his dog on top of his car and drove to a vacation in Canada with his family. Barack Obama had a dog entree as a 6-10 year-old-boy in Indonesia. Those are the issues some people want to talk about now. Let’s get real on this stuff. This has nothing to do about being president.
According to the Romneys, and there is no reason to dispute them, their dog, Seamus, enjoyed riding on the roof of a car. Yes, the dog defecated over the back window, but that is more of Romney’s refusal to have rest stops for his kids or dog unless he was getting gas. That could be classified as some minor mistreatment of the dog, but no worse than the way he treated his sons. Ann, on the other hand, brought Mitt to a quick stop once she gave him the order.
If the Romneys didn’t care about their dog, they would have left him home or in a kennel. If there is one thing a dog loves while riding in a car, it is the opportunity to stick its nose out of a window and get a smell of the countryside. On top of the car, Seamus had a better opportunity for that. There isn’t a shred of evidence that Seamus was terrified by his travel arrangement, but that doesn’t lessen the humor in imagining the dog on the roof of the car. What a sight it must have been.
The dog that became diner for Barack Obama didn’t fare as well as Seamus. However, that needs to be put into perspective. Dogs are food for many Asians. Undoubtedly, there have been a few American tourists who have traveled to China, Vietnam or elsewhere, munched on some canine, then went home to play with the family dog. Obama’s dog meal is a cultural incident that must be taken into the context of where it happened and that Obama was a young boy at the time. It is a non-issue. It isn’t as funny Romney’s adventure, but the irony that Romney is accused of mistreating a dog while Obama ate one is too good to ignore.
Now if either Romney or Obama had been found strangling cats, torturing gerbils or doing some other sadistic act to an animal for the pure pleasure of watching it suffer, then that would be something, but neither man has done that.
In this video, David Axelrod is getting a bit uncomfortable with Andrea Mitchell’s questioning. Axelrod had tweeted a comment suggesting that Obama takes better care of his pet dog than Romney did. Mitchell pointed out that the Romney camp responded with a tweet about the dog that became an entree.