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The Godless White House Holiday Card

White House Christmas Card

Originally posted at The Blacksphere

Who has time for fussing over a Christmas card when you have all that packing to do for 17 days in Hawaii?

That’s why the Obamas’ 2013 holiday wishes to the nation were about as warm as the glare Michelle Obama shot hubby when he was caught up in selfie hilarity with the blonde Danish chick at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Thanks to the lack of color, warmth, and definition, at first glance it’s hard to tell what the card is exactly. On closer examination it’s obvious that it’s a pop-up of a starkly eggshell-colored White House featuring two relatively indistinguishable images of Bo and Sunny and a small American flag up top.

For added boredom, Barry, Shelley, Malia and Sasha, and Sunny and Bo, complete with paw prints, have adorned the card with their autographs. Other than that, there’s no holly, no Nativity, and the word “Christmas” (God forbid) is nowhere to be found.

Guess the goal is to keep it secular.

However, this is a White House that celebrates every St. Patrick’s Day by turning the fountain on the South Lawn green. And wasn’t it just a few weeks back that the White House was decorated to beckon in trick-or-treaters?

Now for Christmas the Obamas send out a godless card with no Magi, no angels, no nothing.

Although the pop-up seems message-less, to the trained eye the Obama whatever card is chock full of meaning. The White House being the focal point of a season that is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus Christ.

The card also echoes Michelle Obama’s gathering motif from the White House webpage that says:

 

This year’s theme is ‘Gather Around’. It celebrates the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year. As members of one American family, we are united in a story built over the course of two centuries.

The holidays serve as an opportunity to recall our Nation’s journey, reflect on our blessings, and to remember those who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. It’s a season when each of us can do our part to care for one another.

 

Sorry but the ‘stories and traditions’ balderdash screams political correctness. And the usual socialist suggestion that “It’s a season when each of us can do our part to care for one another” is not only insulting to those who care for others all year long, but also a predictable sentiment coming from a band of progressive radicals planning to spend the next three years forcibly sharing wealth that isn’t theirs.

Moreover, what’s this theme about being “members of one American family… united in a story built over the course of two centuries?”

This is coming from the wife of a president who, every chance he gets, dredges up references to the racism that he thinks defines this nation, and does everything in his power to keep an “indivisible… nation under God” divided.

Then to carry that theme forward, the insensitive Obamas send out a colorless, unemotional holiday card that extends greetings to a nation suffering on every front featuring two dogs that live life basking in the lap of luxury.

Although the greeting says “As we gather round this season, may the warmth and the joy of the holidays fill your home,” which on the surface seems lovely, let’s remember this is coming from a family feverishly packing to leave home for the holidays to spend another $4 million ruining Christmas for every resident on the island of Oahu.

Meanwhile, amidst platitudes about “we do our part to care for one another” the Obamas will return to the White House featured in their insipid holiday card three days after the US healthcare system blows up and leaves millions of devastated Americans lying in its wake.

Tell us about “caring for one another,” Michelle and Barry, and get a clue. Jesus — not the White House —  is the reason for this season.

Flying Bo to Martha’s Vineyard but No Help in Benghazi

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It’s vacation time, and Bo, the Obama family dog was afforded a luxury, which was not offered to Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Had Obama rendered Stevens such assistance on the night he was sodomized and murdered in Benghazi, the Ambassador and the other three men who were part of the Benghazi four would be alive today.

Bo was airlifted 500 miles from Washington DC to Martha’s Vineyard.

Yet, last September 11th the administration claimed there wasn’t enough time to get help to the Libyan embassy that was under attack.

An anonymous special operations member begged to differ:

I know for a fact that C110 was doing a training exercise not in the region of northern Africa but in Europe and they have the ability to react and respond.

The C110 is a 40-man special operations commanders and extremists force. They are capable of rapid response and deployment and are specifically trained for Benghazi attack-like incidents. The night of the attack, according to the special op, they were training 3 & 1/2 hours away in Croatia.

We have the ability to load out, get on birds, at a minimum stage. C110 had the ability to be there, in my opinion, in 4 to 6 hours from their European theater to react. They would have been there before the second attack.

Well they didn’t make it there in time and because they didn’t arrive before the second attack, Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty were flown home in coffins on a military cargo plane.

Yet less than a year later, Bo, the president’s Portuguese water dog, went on vacation and “arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.”

Maybe next time around – if he can find Obama, who tends to go missing at crucial times – Bo can bark the following question at him:

“Ruff, ruff, Dad, if you can fly me to Martha’s Vineyard, why can’t you fly in special ops to save Americans from terrorists?”

White House Holiday Theme 2012

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Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

President Obama has secured his place in the Oval Office for at least another four years.  So, during his second term there probably won’t be any more stage-managed photo ops that feature the Obama family making “surprise visits” to St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Without the threat of God-fearing Americans at the ballot box, Barack Obama is now free to let his secular progressive/non-religious freak flag fly for all the world to see.

This year, despite having a Scripture-quoting ‘Christian’ president, finding Christ in the White House is as impossible as it was for Mary and Joseph, on the night Jesus was born, to find a room at an inn.

Gone are the days of heralding angels and Bethlehem stars.  This year, the famous 18th century Christian hymn based on the 98th Psalm, “Joy to the World,” has been replaced with a revamped “Joy to All” theme.  After all, if Barack “Joy to All” Obama is allowed to modify the U.S. Constitution, why shouldn’t he have free reign to fine-tune the Psalms of King David?

Allegedly, when he was a child in Indonesia, chicken fingers were not exactly Obama’s favorite food. Hence, Christmas may present an opportunity for the President to remediate his reputation within the dog-loving community. What else would explain why doggy decorations are everywhere and the other ‘Messiah’ is, shall we say, nowhere to be found?

This year 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has literally been converted into a ‘dog house’/shrine to the first family’s beloved Portuguese water dog Bo. Christmas at the White House can now officially be referred to as Canine-mas.

There are 54 trees; 6,000 glass ornaments; a black and white topiary of Bo; 18,000 black pooch pompoms and 2,000 white pooch pompoms; and 40 handmade “Bo-flakes” adorned with little Bo images. When the anticipated 90,000 visitors saunter through the White House to ogle the shimmering lights over the next few weeks, the only thing missing will be Bo barking out that old Burl Ives  favorite, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

There’s even a 300-pound gingerbread White House with a replica of Bo sitting outside guarding the fort.  If confectionary reproductions were the goal, why didn’t the display include something like a crèche with the three Wise Men – Obama, Axelrod, and Carney – complete with a replica of Bo resting comfortably beside the manger?

Not only that, but where’s the political correctness in all of this? What’s especially alarming is that the normally sensitive, diversity-minded White House didn’t even consider the feelings of cats, potbellied pigs, goldfish, or hamsters, none of which were featured like Bo in the collection of pet-themed ornaments.  And, as if offending other pet species weren’t enough, insult was added to injury when the White House released its 2012 Bo-liday…er, I mean, holiday card.

Chosen by the White House as the design for the Obama Christmas card was a rendering done by Des Moines, Iowa artist Larassa Kabel.  In an amazing coincidence, prior to the November election Larassa’s husband’s rock band just so happened to open for Bruce Springsteen at an Obama campaign rally.

Sounding a lot like so many disappointed voters on November 7th, after finding out her entry was selected the artist called the moment “surreal.” Kabel added that originally she had “very, very, very low expectations” for the painting – much like the “very, very, very, low expectations” all those disappointed voters have for the next four years.

Kabel’s black-and-white rendering features a sprightly Bo absorbed in a snow dance in front of a hazy depiction of the White House.  Preserving “separation of church and state,” thank God there’s not even one hint of spirituality.  It must be that in Obama’s world a blurry dog frolicking in the snow captures the true essence of Christmas.

Based on a photo the White House sent out as the subject of the competition, the winning entry depicts Bo in a scarf.  Regrettably, the winter wonderland in the painting is foggy, because if more detail was included an “I Bark for Obama” 2012 bandana could have been added for an additional touch of whimsy.

Nonetheless, although the White House stands for the workers of America, Kabel won’t be paid for her winning portrait of Bo. But she doesn’t seem to mind – this holiday season, like every other day of the year, private citizens like Ms. Kabel are honored to give gifts of blood, sweat and tears, freely and without expectation of recompense, to the nation’s pro-labor president.

For Larassa, being chosen is obviously a gift in itself. The delighted artist said, “I’m living on glory,” a sentiment not unlike the first family’s, who, this year alone, gloriously gifted themselves with $1.4 billion in taxpayer-provided perquisites.

Kabel is really excited about meeting the President and Mrs. Obama and attending the December 18th White House holiday party with her rock musician husband.  Never mind the Boss and Barry – Kabel said “I’ve never seen anyone famous… I’m like, who will be at the party? I’m looking for anybody.”

So, in place of honoring the humble Savior who lay in a manger in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, this year the big thrill for the eclectic artist is to get up close and personal with the Hollywood stars partaking of White House merriment.  Rest assured, she won’t be disappointed because although Baby Jesus has been banished from the premises, undoubtedly Eva Longoria and George Clooney will be milling about.

So, as party time quickly approaches, the guest list has yet to be made public. What’s unfortunate is that the late Frank Zappa isn’t around for the unveiling of the portrait of Bo gamboling around on the South Lawn. Zappa could have kicked the White House holiday spirit into high gear by playing “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” an old song that, in years to come, thanks to Bo, could become a holiday classic, as well as a gentle reminder for impoverished Americans.

The Ecological Incorrectness of 54 Christmas Trees

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The thing about liberals that never ceases to amaze is how the high standards they espouse never apply to them.  Take the president and first lady for example.  How can you call yourself a green president, allow a group to call themselves “Environmentalists for Obama,” rail on and on about climate change…and then, while planning to be away for 21 days in Hawaii, commission 54 Christmas trees to be displayed in the White House?

In the meantime, America is starring in a breathtaking fiscal cliffhanger.  With that in mind, is it appropriate to waste taxpayer money on the merciless slaying of 54 oxygen-producing trees?  Maybe Mr. and Mrs. Obama should be more like Al Gore; at least Al’s concerned about “rising tree mortality” and habitat destruction.

Way back in 2009, Michelle addressed the Environmental Protection Agency and expressed the following sentiments: “Your work will not only save our planet and clean up our environment; it’s going to transform our economy and create millions of well-paying jobs.”

This year, as unemployment hovers around 8 percent and clearly oblivious to the ecological impropriety of chopping down trees, the first lady told White House visitors, “We have 54 trees in the White House — 54!  That’s a lot of trees.”  Yeah, and in a recession, four million are a lot of dollars to spend on a three-week Christmas vacation that could salary 80 unemployed Americans at $50K for one year.

Debuting White House holiday decorations, Michelle Obama told visitors that “[t]his year’s theme…’Joy to All’…celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks.”

Judging from the size of the 300-pound gingerbread house on display and based on the scarcity of the Christ-mas Christ, “Joy to All” has zero to do with the joy of a Savior coming into the world and everything to do with the joy of a sugar high.

Nonetheless, if it’s true that “[a]n average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing,” from an “Environmentalists for Obama” point of view, wouldn’t it be better to keep 216 people oxygenated and skip the 54 trees?

And what about the Obama family dog?  Thanks to the indoor thicket of evergreens, poor Bo is now burdened with the undue stress of having to resist using the tree exhibition for purposes other than barking at “Bo-flake” ornaments.

Even still, as a rule, Barack Obama does advocate for decreasing CO2 emissions.  Yet, based on the tree extravaganza, it seems as though the climate change-conscious Obamas are unaware that cutting down foliage contributes to larger concentrations of carbon dioxide in the air.

According to the Global Tree Registry, “[i]f every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion pounds annually.”  That means that the “Joy to All” host and hostess, not counting carbon emissions from jet fuel, have left 54 billion pounds of toxins in the atmosphere this year alone.

Thus far, “Environmentalists for Obama” have not made a public statement about what they would normally consider an ecological and environmentally irresponsible decision to cut down 54 full-sized evergreens, including the 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir, brought in on horse-drawn carriage, currently on display in the White House Blue Room.

Typical environmentalist hypocrisy aside, this Christmas, Americans can all breathe easier knowing that the real reason most people are suffocating has nothing to do with air quality, or even White House-sponsored deforestation.  Instead, this holiday season, America’s asphyxia is due to Barack Obama’s policies sucking the oxygen out of every corner of the political, social, and economic atmosphere.

Kids Eat Kale at State Dinner

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Although most Americans will never have an opportunity to attend a state dinner at the White House, it’s fun to witness history in the making by taking a first-hand look inside one as it happens.

When the Obamas hold a grownup state dinner, the menu isn’t all that healthy —think lobster, steak, and apple pie for Chinese President Hu Jintao. However, for the state dinner the first lady recently hosted for the winners of the “Let’s Move” Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, guests were offered quite different fare.

After being greeted with a kale appetizer, 54 guests/contest winners were served “Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes,” baked zucchini “fries,” and a salad of quinoa, black beans and corn.

Overflowing with 8- to 12 year olds, the East Room probably smelled more like the cafeteria at PS 131 than the White House.  And from the list of ingredients in some of the recipes, it sounded as if the level of hydrogen sulfide is what decided the winners. Moreover, what, pray tell, did the kiddies get in the goody bag —  Beano?

Nine-year-old Michael Lakind was among the guests.  The promising chef from Texas is the creator of “Bunny Bisque” and the “Secret Service Super Salad.” The latter entry did not have ‘secret’ ingredients but did include “chicken.” Sorry, but someone should have explained to Michael that chicken is not the best ingredient for a salad named for the Secret Service.

Nevertheless, when asked what his favorite food was, young Mr. Lakind’s rapid-fire, unfiltered response was “Steak.”  Since the hostess was Michelle Obama, Mike the carnivore should have specified: Wagyu steak.

Ever the gracious hostess, Mrs. Obama reminded the winning competitors that they were there because their recipes “truly stood out.”  The first lady said, “And that’s really saying something.”  Of course, per the liberal rulebook the winners were also reminded that the other 1,146 competitors who didn’t get the opportunity to enjoy zucchini fries were winners too.

Bubbling over with “Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joe” enthusiasm, the first lady said winning was “cool,” and while the kids were hungrily digging into a scrumptious pile of kale chips she praised them, saying, “You came up with dishes that were packed with nutritious, delicious ingredients; dishes that are good for you, but more importantly, they taste good, too. See? It can happen – healthy and tasty at the same time.”

Not that he could even begin to compete with that pile of kale chips, but fresh off his fast-food campaign junket President Barack Obama did manage to steal the show for a second or two.

Towering over kiddies eating “healthy lunches off the red Reagan state china, sitting at round tables with large bouquets of bright red tomatoes and green apples,” Barack Obama told the rapt crowd that he had to “crash the party, because [he] did not want to miss out on all the fun.”  That fun, in addition to lunch and a concert, also included an electrifying tour of the White House vegetable garden.

Entertaining the guests with stories about — you guessed it — himself, the President said: “I’m not a great cook. I’m an OK cook. I can make a good omelet and toast. …  Let’s face it, I don’t cook that often these days, but I remember cooking, and it’s not always easy to make something that people like to eat.”

Good thing this time around Obama chose not to upset the young contest winners by suggesting “You didn’t make that,” nor did he ask them to be careful with the expensive china, but what he did do was instruct them “not to spill anything on the floor,” because let’s face it, crumbs do attract flies.

Obama politely said, “I only have one request for you, and that is try not to drop any scraps on the floor, because Bo is on a diet right now, and he will eat anything that he sees, especially some of the tasty meals that you guys have prepared.”

Instead of telling the children the dog is on a diet, for the health and well-being of the first family Obama should have told the kids to resist passing off their Cabbage Sloppy Joes to Bo under the table.  Moreover, based on what was on the menu, the President cautioning against spills may have been a polite way to ask the children to refrain from purposely dumping their plates and grinding the food into the rug.

Who knows — after hosting the first kids’ state dinner/lunch, the high level of endorsement kale, cabbage, and black beans received from the first lady could mean that at next adult state dinner, dignitaries could be dining on “healthy and tasty” Apple Oat Balls, “Triple F” Fake Fast Food, and Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Because hey, if it’s good enough for steak-loving Michael Lakind, it should also be good enough for King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The Dog Daze of Obama

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Before saying anything about dogs, or making an issue over Mitt Romney transporting his Irish Setter Seamus on the roof of the family car, it seems someone in the Obama campaign should have known that in the second chapter of the President’s best-selling autobiography,  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, he described his childhood in Indonesia in the following way:

With [stepfather] Lolo, 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.

Taking on the “powers of whatever he ate” certainly explains the President’s dogged determination, slithering political style and grasshopper agility when it comes avoiding blame.  That aside, the Barack Obama “eats dog” controversy not only reveals a primitive side to the President’s Indonesian upbringing, but it’s also a prime example of the dichotomy that exists within the ideology of liberalism in America today.

Condemning the transportation of a dog in a pet crate on a car roof while supporting a President with a history of eating dog is indicative of the imperious elitism the left often promotes. In due time, it is usually revealed that outspoken liberals either participated in worse behavior then the one they vehemently denounce or walk a fine line between support and denunciation based on political expediency.

For instance, the left has a habit of displaying self-righteous resolve when defending abortion rights. Then, if a child happens to fully emerge from the birth canal, in a matter of seconds, it all changes. The liberal determination to slaughter the unborn switches to concern over what right-to-choose mommies pack in Junior’s lunch bag.

That tendency is why, while Mrs. Obama is out spearheading a breastfeeding initiative and preaching the benefits of organic baby food, the President has no problem defending the merits of government funding for Planned Parenthood. Proving once again that either liberals have defective reasoning skills, or consider whatever they do, regardless of how illogical or contradictory, to be beyond criticism.

Championing opposing causes like abortion and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) seems disjointed at best. What are we doing here – killing or curing the kids, grilling or walking the dog?

Chaotic instability from the left isn’t surprising, because selective kindness is what liberals are about: some children live, while in the interest of convenience others die. Certain pets become stars on the White House website while, in days gone by, others were served up on a pup-pup platter.

Dog jokes aside, if the President were truly concerned about dogs’ well-being, he would still to this day be sickened at the thought of the lunch his stepfather Lolo served him 40+ years ago.  Therefore, when signing the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, Obama could have redeemed himself by citing his personal exposure to animal cruelty as a child in Indonesia.  The fact that Obama never mentioned eating dog meat is an illustration of how liberals excuse their own past offenses and feel justified standing up for contradictory arguments, even if that defense is accomplished by merely failing to expose past wrongdoing.

Think about it. Who else, knowing full well that at some point in his life he dined on Rover for lunch, would allow his campaign to express disapproval for the sin of letting a dog ride in a crate on the top of a car?  Who, other than liberals, would dare to condemn the treatment of a family pet being taken on vacation, however the dog arrived there, after the candidate they support nonchalantly described snake meat as a little tougher than a mutt burger?

Nonetheless, living in America where dining on dog meat is unthinkable may explain why a man who’s actually eaten it ‘feeds’ off PetSmart photo ops, gets a bellyful of campaign cash through “Throw Bo a Bone” fundraising, and offers up the family pet on a platter as a politically correct poster child for Presidential Doggy Love – not to be confused with Reggie Love.

Exploitation aside, the larger problem arises when the guy who put bunny ears on his Portuguese water dog and who, just to be polite, would probably sample canine cutlet Parmigiana, then allows his chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, to portray Mitt Romney as an animal abuser.

That is the type of distorted reasoning that would disparage the decision to let Seamus Romney ride on the roof of the family car while failing to mention the fact that little Barry Soetoro once snacked on butchered dog.

In the end, if one tries to comprehend the rationale behind supporting a dog-eater while protesting cruelty to animals, the only justification can be that America’s polymathic president is excused because his life experience includes a sincere reverence for an ancient animist tradition.

Therefore, in lieu of the tiger meat Lolo promised but never delivered, if Bo ‘Diddley’ Obama manages to avoid being featured on the White House lunch menu, it must be because the President believes the liberal “every child [should be] a wanted child” standard should also apply to dogs.

Throw Bo a Bone in 2012

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

This April is the third anniversary of the Obama’s playful pup being adopted by the first family. Who can forget when, as a reward for his winning the 2008 election, a little Portuguese water dog became a post-inaugural gift from the new President, via the Kennedys, to his daughters?

Unlike Seamus Romney who, in the past, on long trips was relegated to a dog crate on the roof of the family car, Bo is so highly esteemed as an Obama family member that, together with the President’s staffers, he travels in style on a private jet.

Late last year, in the midst of a “What does $40 mean to you?” campaign, after the wife and kids started their vacation in Hawaii without him, Barack Obama took best friend Bo to PetSmart on a middle-class chew-toy excursion. At more than $10 for a 24″ Bully Stick, for 40 bucks poor Bo couldn’t even get four beefy chews. Which means that in the world of doggy treats, $40 doesn’t go a very long way.

Nonetheless, this year, ever the creative pet owner, President Obama has come up with a way to not only get cyber-chew toys thrown in Bo’s “tail wagging” direction, but to also ensure that Bo ‘Diddley’ can keep on fertilizing the White House lawn.

Therefore, on Bo’s behalf, the Obama-Biden website has launched a new effort that begs for bones for Bo, saying, “Now, he’s got three years under his collar as the first dog. This April, wish Bo Obama a happy anniversary as a member of the first family. ‘Throw Bo A Bone On His Anniversary.'”

To counter that request, maybe the Republicans could introduce a singsong-y slogan that says “Throw America a Bone – find Bo and his family a new home!”

Either way, at double the price of a Dinner with Obama $5 raffle ticket, the idea is for dog-loving Democrats to contribute $10 to Obama 2012. Trained Americans hoping for another four years of being led around on a leash by Barack Obama have a unique opportunity to throw Bo one bone for each year. If they do, dollars to dog bones, even Obama will approve of how they’ve spent their “What does $40 mean to you?” money.

Totally aghast, Claire McLean of the Presidential Pets Museum feels that using a dog to raise money is “very crass.”  But then again, so is a Secretary of State swilling beer and whooping it up in a Colombian dance club, or a Secret Service detail getting caught pulling their proverbial pants up, or the President sitting on a panel with the presidents of Colombia and Brazil, announcing that he’s there to “scout out” potential vacation spots for his wife.

As far as ‘throwing the dog a bone’ for a sawbuck goes, McLean maintains that “That’s like raffling the dog or auctioning the pet,” which may even be worse than raffling yourself off for a dinner with strangers in a neighborhood bistro.

Ms. McLean argued that it’s not “presidential” to sell $10 dog bones for cash and that the gimmick sullies the dog’s pristine bipartisan reputation. Claire maintains that thus far Bo has been free of “real political affiliation.” However, soliciting bone donations morphs a non-political pooch into a canine version of the intellectually challenged Democrat ass/donkey, or the higher-thinking Republican pachyderm/elephant mascot.

Nonetheless, tacky or not, even Claire McLean agrees that Bo begging for bones has the potential to raise a truckload of money for the Obama 2012 campaign and, although not he’s officially involved in the effort, it smacks of the kind of idea a resourceful Bill Clinton, when not in the doghouse, could have easily come up with.

Bo the Flying ‘Underdog’?

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Some poor citizen named Scott Miscovich sought 15 minutes of fame when he decided to tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his wife spotted Bo, the Obama family dog, out walking in Hawaii last weekend.  Scott, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place, told the Star-Advertiser Sunday that “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking.”

The gossipy moment has now sparked controversy, because the same jet-setting pooch seen walking in Oahu became the center of attention while chew-toy shopping with President Obama at a Virginia PetSmart mid-week. Unless Michelle Obama managed to broker an economical AF2-for-the-price-of-one deal to shuttle herself and the dog between Hawaii and Washington DC, something could be up.

Far be it from anyone to accuse the President of staging a middle-class shopping mall photo op during a “What does $40 mean to you?” campaign.  But Bo, who was born and raised in Washington DC and who, as far as we know doesn’t have a twin, apparently showed up in Hawaii on vacation and then back home shopping in PetSmart a few days later.

Even Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times in her Obama update last weekend said:  “WASHINGTON–While President Obama delayed his departure to wrestle with Congress, First Lady Michelle, daughters Malia, 13, Sasha, 10 and Bo the dog flew to Hawaii for their annual winter vacation.”

The Hawaii Vacation Blog that touts: ” We’re in Hawaii. Hawaii Experts” were also all jumbled up saying: “First Lady Michelle Obama, their two daughters and (one lucky) dog Bo, arrived Saturday to the five-bedroom Kailua rental home.”

Wow! Misinformation, confusion, and vision maladies are abounding in Washington DC, Chicago, and even Oahu, Hawaii this Christmas. Michelle Obama’s press office, who earlier had said “Bo would be leaving with the First Lady and her girls for their Hawaii holiday last Saturday” must have missed Sweet’s Sun Times Scoop from Washington entitled: Michelle Obama, Sasha, Malia and Bo Hawaii vacation update. 

Lynn Sweet and a White House spokesperson have since corrected their error by clarifying that this year, unlike last year, Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha. The official statement is that “Bo has been in D.C. this whole time” and remained behind providing canine companionship to the other B.O. who has also been in D.C. the whole time.

Back in Hawaii, stepping forward yet a second time, Mr. Miscovich set about clearing up the whole mix-up.  On behalf of his eye witness wife, Scott said, “It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking in our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

Originally, when asked about the honor of having the Obamas curb their dog on Kailuana Place, Miscovich said, “From our standpoint, it’s not a headache.” After being forced to publically withdraw the incorrect dog sighting, I wonder whether Scott and his visually-impaired other half are still headache free.

So there you have it: Mrs. Miscovich mistook a different tall African American woman and her two daughters walking a black Portuguese water dog, trailed by Secret Service men, on the same street where Mrs. Obama, Sasha and Malia are coincidentally staying…to be Mrs. Obama, her daughters and Bo.

If what Mr. Miscovich claims is true and “media and security presence in the area has so far been ‘very subtle’,” someone either needs to produce a tabloid-style photo of the Obama contingency walking the dog a la John Edwards in a hotel room with Rielle Hunter, or drop the whole to-do.

In a recent Barbara Walters interview, Michelle Obama said: “if she were to die and come back as any person or thing, she would pick the First Dog, Bo.” Mrs. Obama who, flies back and forth to Hawaii and has got it pretty good herself, said about Bo: ‘He’s got a great life. He’s got it good.’ But, if by some chance Mrs. Miscovich really did see Bo walking in Hawaii, it means Bo may be the one who was reincarnated.

Indeed, black and white Bo may be the re-embodiment of ‘Underdog‘ and merely flew back to Washington DC to rescue another underdog from political payroll tax ruin, either that or the President believes the American taxpayer doesn’t mind kicking in another $100K to fly a dog home to demonstrate how much $40 means to a middle-class minded man like Barack Obama.

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Prayer and Pancakes with Barack

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

This year’s National Prayer Breakfast was another opportunity for Obama to link civility to personal faith and in so doing reinforce the message of the Tucson Memorial where reading a couple of Scriptures managed to prop up sagging poll numbers.

Throwing around the right lingo, America’s most liberal pro-abortion President shared that it was 20 years ago while working as a community organizerthat he “came to know Jesus Christ” and “embrace him as Lord and Savior.”

Barack probably didn’t realize that by sharing that “his faith has deepened during his two years in the White House,” he spoke on behalf of an entire nation who, albeit for different reasons, has also been driven to its knees.

America is well aware that core principles and openness to differing opinions are not exactly born-again Barack’s strong suits. Therefore, it was hard to decipher who the President was referring to when he shared his prayer that: “At a time of bitter partisanship, lawmakers must find a way to be open to the ideas of others, while staying true to their core principles.” Obama maintaining liberal core principles like the right to choose and being open to conservative ideas is one impasse even God couldn’t bridge.

Obama also shared that while inside the prayer closet he beseeches the Lord in the following way: “Showme and all of us the limits of our understanding and open our ears and our hearts to our brothers and sisters with different points of view.”

It’s not surprising that Barack’s plea focused more on the “we” and less on the “me.”  Instead of the individual redemption intrinsic to Christianity, the President’s prayer smacked of a collective salvation that includes “Shared hopes…shared dreams…shared limitations” and “a way forward that we can travel together.” Which raises this question: Why would community-minded Obama worship in private and “forsake the assembly?”

At the prayer breakfast Barack addressed the growing belief that he is a Muslim and maintained that despitehosting annual Iftar dinners and regularly attending Sunday morning church services on the Interior Department basketball court, Christianity is a “sustaining force” in his largely secular life.

Obama also reminded those in attendance that when his family’s faith is called into question, he and Michelle are “reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say … but whether [they’re] being true to [their] conscience and true to [their] God.”

Revealing the deepest recesses of his personal relationship with the Almighty, the President also said “he had prayed for God’s intervention on any number of occasions though not always on the weightiest of issues of the day.”

When not praying that “‘a better day will dawn’ over Egypt,” Obama sounded like Joel Osteen when he confessed that he offered up fervent supplication for God to intervene in things like Malia’s first coed dance and the length of her skirt.

Barack did not elaborate as to whether his prayers were answered when J Lo accepted the invitation to the White House Super Bowl party, or while eating shaved ice in Oahu, or when arriving home to find someone else tended to Bo’s business.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama exposed deep Christian roots and confessed that being president “has a funny way of making a person feel the need to pray.” A truer testimony has never issued forth from a set of lips, because Barack Obama’s presidency has also had “a funny way” of making everyone in America “feel the need to pray.”

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