So neither party gets the dog vote?
Jim Treacher of the conservative Daily Caller website unleashed a new twist in the 2012 election campaign’s dog war on Tuesday with a column, “Obama bites dog,” about how Obama tried dog meat as a child. His proof? Obama’s own words in his memoir, “Dreams from my Father,” describing learning to eat local food as a child living in Indonesia.
“I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” Obama wrote.
Treacher presented the anecdote as a counterpart to the story, repeatedly cited by liberals, of Mitt Romney putting his family’s dog, Seamus, in a carrier on the roof of his station wagon for a 12-hour trip to Canada. Liberals use the story to make their case that Romney, the probable Republican presidential nominee and a former executive, is cold-hearted and more interested in efficiency than compassion.
“Hey, whatever you have to tell yourself, libs. Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth. And whenever you bring up the one, we’re going to bring up the other,” Treacher wrote.
Conservatives seized upon the anecdote on Twitter with the hashtag #obamadogrecipes, and liberals fired back with their own responses, charging Republicans with attacking a child, since Obama was under ten years of age when he tried eating dog.
The exchange prompted discussion about the extent to which Twitter will affect political discourse this election cycle.
It also provoked some questions about whether there was hitherto undetected meaning to a quip by Romney during a Republican presidential candidates’ debate in Iowa last summer. Romney, asked if he would have vetoed the bill to raise the debt ceiling, said, “Look, I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food, all right? What he served up was not what I would have done if I’d have been president of the United States.”
Photo credit: President Barack Obama runs with the first family’s dog, Bo, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing