Wednesday, April 18, 2012

UPDATED: Dogs Against Romney: On Obama, Dog Meat, and Mitt

UPDATE: Two days ago, as described below, my gut feeling that news of President Obama's consumption of dog meat as a young boy while living in Indonesia was forgivable. Further, I felt that the Romney campaign's attempt to use this news to deflect their own, very real, animal abuse issue was "desperate." It seems the facts support my initial reaction. 

Jocelyn Noveck, reporting for the Associated Press, published an article today after spending the last two days interviewing dog owners and other members of the public about this issue. Her conclusion: 

"Virtually everyone interviewed gave Obama a pass on the dog meat, calling it a cultural difference."

- end of update-

I woke up early this morning to my phone ringing. It was a reporter, wanting to know the reaction of Dogs Against Romney to "new information" brought up by Romney campaign operatives. I asked her to read it to me. It seems they dug up some info from President Obama's book in which he wrote that he once was fed dog meat, as a young child, while in Indonesia with his family.

"How old was he?" I asked her. "I don't know," she said, "maybe 10."

"I think dog meat is fairly common, culturally, in Indonesia, isn't it?" I asked. She said she wasn't sure.

Still a little groggy from being awakened, I found it easy to come my conclusion: "I think it sounds pretty desperate on the part of the Romney campaign to bring this up as if it compares in any way to what Romney did."

"Elaborate," she requested.

"Well," I said, "it seems desperate for the Romney campaign to bring up something that happened to Obama when he was 10-years old, not preparing his own meals, in a country where eating dog meat probably isn't all that unusual - as if it compares in any way to Romney, as a 36-year old adult, in America, making the conscious decision to strap his family pet to the roof of a car for a 12-hour drive, and leaving it up there even after it got sick."

"Why do you think they brought it up, then?" She asked.

"I think they are desperate to divert attention from what Romney did." I answered.

She thanked me and hung up. I could already hear her keyboard clicking. 

As soon as that interview ended, I Googled "Indonesia dog meat" and found a Wikipedia page about it. I found that people do, indeed, consume dog meat there - but not the Muslims.  

I've had more time to think about all this now, fully awake. If President Obama had made the conscious decision to eat dog meat as a 36-year old adult, in America, claimed the dog liked being eaten, and still claimed he didn't think there was anything wrong with it, the Romney campaign would have a point and my pack would be on the president like a pack of wild, well....dogs.

But that isn't what happened. 




Stacey @ RealWorldMom said...

Desperate and ridiculous. I agree with your conclusion. I also love the graphic!

As an aside, I will be adding your site's link to my blog roll today ( (Don't know why I haven't already done so!)

Thank you for doing what you do!

Anonymous said...

Well thought out and articulated response. It is absurd to try to compare a child following a local cultural practice with a grown man's intentional abuse of an animal in a society that clearly views this a wrong and against societal values and norms

Anonymous said...

"Well thought out and articulated response. It is absurd to try to compare a child following a local cultural practice with a grown man's intentional abuse of an animal in a society that clearly views this a wrong and against societal values and norms."

Obama did not write the book when he was a child!

Anonymous said...

Romney could afford to fly his dog to Ontario now.
How Rich is Mitt Romney?

the Tsaritsa said...

R-money's camp is really grasping at straws. Using a story about Obama's childhood, from his own book, and twisting it to make him sound bad just shows a lot of fear and incompetence from R-Money.

Anonymous said...

This just further underscores the lengths to which those who covet power above all else will go to con the country into believing that they are paragons among us lowly creatures. Mitt Romney has never foibled. Any evidence to the contrary will be wagged like the dog on his roof. Do not worry, America. President Romney, son of god, would never be so callous when he takes this country for a ride. His dog rides on the roof, we get the trailer-hitch and chain (or is that leash, he's not quite sure yet)...

Anonymous said...

Wholeheartedly agree. By the same token, if Romney had been six years old rather than 36 when he made the decision to strap Seamus to the roof, it would be understandable. A might think the dog enjoyed it. An adult should have better judgment.

Ashley Martin said...

Please don't let Ann Romney off the hook. I noticed in the interview that she claimed "the dog loved it." In my mind she is just as culpable.

Thanks for all of the great work you do on this issue. You can tell that it gets to Republicans based on all of the ridiculous "Obama eats dog" photoshops that they've had to manufacture:

It's disgusting and it drives me nuts that these people think it's all a big joke.

I'm really glad YOU are taking this seriously and I hope you'll go after these bloggers who are just interested in attacking Obama.

Don't let them get away with this.


Infidel753 said...

The right-wing blogs are really doubling down on this, though. I don't know whether they really think they have a solid point or if it's just the best they've got, but it's clear that this will be their main response to the Seamus scandal.

A commenter at RedState has even posted that "the head of Dogs against Romney has issued a statement supporting Obama’s right to eat dogs" (end of longest paragraph here), but they've never been great at reading comprehension.

Anonymous said...

Reading comprehension? Hell, they'll just flat out LIE by omission. Or use weasel words. They are masters at weasel words. But I think they are hoping that the average person is too stupid to be able to tell the difference between the two circumstances, and that this will silence your cause somewhat, throwing this strawman up every time Mitt's transgression is mentioned.

Rebecca Boren said...

I think the Romney campaign is up to something else as witnessed by the frequent references to roasting dogs in conjunction with President Obama. They are hoping to confuse him with Romney fundraiser and Ann Romney birthday host Fred Malek's involvement in horrific dog abuse. Just remember pack that President Obama is the one who ate dog as a child in Indonesia. Malek is the one who an adult was arrested for being part of a group that beat a dog to death then spit roasted it.

Anonymous said...

Romney certainty sounds like a 1st class creep. What worries me is that Romney represents a history of destroying lives through his corporate take overs and consequent sell offs. What would this man do with the United States? More than likely abuse it, strap it to the roof of his car and sell it off!