Glad gladiators and merrier terriers!

November 9, 2008

Blog Guy, I know that President-Elect Barack Obama brought diverse groups together. What’s the oddest coalition you’ve seen fromĀ  the election?

That’s easy. In Italy, there was a group called Terriers and Roman Centurions for Obama.

Really! Tell me about that.

Well, they held a victory rally in Rome yesterday outside what looks like a run-down old stadium, and they carried authentic Italian flags, just like Roman Centurions carried 2,000 years ago.

I didn’t realize Roman Centurions could vote in U.S. elections.

They can’t, but Jack Russell Terriers can, and they take the Centurions with them to add “gravitas.”

That makes perfect sense. What is gravitas?

I was hoping you’d know. I think “gravitas” must be a Latin word meaning “cheesy plastic armor.”

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Buster, a Jack Russell Terrier, walks near the ancient Colosseum during rally by supporters of Barack Obama in Rome, November 8, 2008.

Mary Terry, of Madison, Wisconsin at the rally with men dressed as Centurions, who make a living posing with tourists.

REUTERS photos by Chris Helgren

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haha i met the person in the costume on the left when I was in Italy

Posted by Aaron | Report as abusive

I am so glad the Italians are happy for us. I will be equally happy for them when they elect a Romanian for PM. (look it up)

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

A small dog in the colloseum? Shoudn’t it be lions?


Posted by Um Nome | Report as abusive

[…] While it’s common knowledge that Obama has a lot of fans out there, Reuters reports that the oddest support group it found was an Italian group of Roman Centurions and Terriers for Obama. […]

Posted by Oddly enough, it’s common | Report as abusive

As random as that sounds, we’ve seen record numbers of animals supporting Obama, boycotting Palin and otherwise making their… er, voices… heard via merchandise:

How they feel about the state of the economy is less obvious, though we suspect they worry about the rising price of kibble.

Posted by buzzcowboy | Report as abusive

Um… isn’t that guy on the left Craig Ferguson?

Posted by SloeJoe | Report as abusive

Sure, why not?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive