Thursday, May 3, 2012

Conservative Columnist: Obama "blew the oxygen out of" dog-eating story

Debra J. Saunders, conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, published a column on May 1 in which she analyzes Mitt Romney and the dog-on-roof story. Her conclusion, basically, is that Romney is screwed. 

Ms. Saunders did not use the word "screwed" of course - but here is what she did say:

"Romney has not figured out how to put the 30-year-old story behind him. So critics continue to use the episode as the defining anecdote about the GOP hopeful."

Saunders describes the Romney campaign's attempt to derail the criticism two weeks ago by introducing a passage from President Obama's 2004 book, Dreams From My Father, in which Obama described being introduced to dog meat by his stepfather as a young child in Indonesia. 

"Did Obama go on the defensive? No," Saunders observes. "He took ownership of the tale" by cracking jokes about it last week at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. "By being cool, Obama blew the oxygen out of the story."

In conclusion, Saunders says "there's no point in telling reporters about how crowded the family station wagon was." If he had it do over again, she advises, "Romney should say he would have hired a car and driver for his dog."


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