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Ed Driscoll

Dog Day Afternoon

August 11th, 2013 - 5:07 pm

“First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home” on Martha’s Vineyard, the London Telegraph reports:

Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.

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Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.

It was the first time the Ospreys have been taken on holiday by a US president.

In 2008 as a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama punitively warned Americans that they would have to reduce their quality of life for the sake of Gaia if they chose to elect him to the oval office:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Naturally, Mr. Obama (who incidentally, wrote that at least once, he ate a dog himself) didn’t mean to imply that he’d be living under the same restrictions.

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This really is a good "what the heck?" jab at the President, but not because the dog rode on an Ospry....But rather that the "family dog" didn't ride with the family, but rather with his handlers and a bag of basketballs - in other words, the rest of the Presidential Photo Op Props.
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