It's a dog-eag-dog race in the presidential election — almost literally. Now, social media fiends and Mitt Romney supporters are attacking President Obama after revelations of his days of eating dog meat.
The revelation is nothing new, if you've read Obama's autobiography published in 2007. In it, Obama reveals that when he living in Indonesia as a child, dog meat was just another protein. The passage: "With Lolo [Sotero, Obama's step father], I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share."
Now, D.C. pundit Jim Treacher has stirred the pot with the passage, aiming to take down Obama's campaign against Romney's dog-wheelin' accusations. (Romney's family dog, Seamus, famously rode atop the famiy car — tied to the roof — on a family trip which caused voter outrage). Treacher continued to post on the incident with remarks like, "Obama would never put a dog on top of a car. Dries out the meat."
Naturally, the comments have started a new conversation on Twitter: #ObamaDogRecipes. Politico rounded up its favorite 11 tweets, and the trending topic is gaining speed. Naturally, the White House isn't too thrilled with the coverage — especially since it's the third anniversary of Bo's welcome into the presidential residence. Said one tweet from Obama's campaign in California, "Bo’s been in the White House for three years this month, and he’d like to stay for four more." Don't worry, Obama supporters: there's a Pet Lovers for Obama Facebook page for you.
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