If we could hold a debate with dogs as the audience, we'd learn a lot about the candidates. Dogs have had thousands of years of evolution, studying the faces, body language, and scent of the humans they travel with.
The recent to-do about President Obama dining on dog meat when a child in Indonesia, as if he had been gobbling down Fido the neighbor's pet, struck me as unenlightened and ludicrous.
The photo-op with the dog makes perfect sense in the hurly-burly of American politics. American presidents tend to be elected on the likeability factor. The dog is the ultimate likeability accessory.
Obama's dog, designed for water/that's Portuguese, enjoys its quarter/inside the White House. Known as Bo,/it, like its master, likes to go.
Realize that, just as your pet shouldn't eat everything he sees, you probably shouldn't either.
This is the first administration to fuse iterative, real-time lifestyle coverage with the star power of a true celebrity politician. So far, it is working.
Is our first African American president something or what? Did you see him respond to the crowd and the crowd respond to him, at his latest town hall...
Dogs catch on quickly because they only need to do whatever gains them rewards. It's the people who take months and sometimes years to learn.
I was at the White House to witness the arrival of the First Dog of the United States.
The following flier was found today posted in the vicinity of the White House...
Many of us know that animals add to our emotional and spiritual well-being, and studies have demonstrated that having a pet is good for our physical health as well!
This is it, people! Today is the day. Bo Obama is coming home! We've all waited breathlessly for every little leak -- It's a portuguese water dog! Hi...
"Although not a rescue, as many of you had hoped, I did come from Ted Kennedy, and while I appreciate his service to the nation, I am pleased to no longer have to drive in a car with him."
The arrival of Bo is truly change we can believe in. Once a puppy arrives at a house -- even the big white one on Pennsylvania Avenue -- things will never be the same.
It seems like we are living in an alternate political reality divorced from what was previously known, understood, practical, and possible simply a year ago.