Dogs and politics: Why is it that with the world and America grappling with

a long list of major crisis, the U.S. presidential campaign seems riveted by

how the Republican and Democratic nominees relate to their canine pets?

[Chris Matthews Show, United States]


Why the U.S. Presidential Campaign Has Gone to the Dogs (Le Figaro, France)


“While the French regularly question the level of intellectual debate in their presidential campaigns, Americans seem less prone to such qualms.”


By Thomas Vampouille


Translated by Carolyn Yohn


April 24, 2012


France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)

Obama in the presidential limo with Bo, his family's representative from the dog kingdom: Does the debate about dogs and presidential nominees help anyone choose a candidate?

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The duel for the White House between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama has begun with an unexpected topic: the relationship of the candidates with man’s best friend.


While the French regularly question the level of intellectual debate in their presidential campaigns, Americans seem less prone to such qualms. For several days now, the camps of Obama and Romney - the men who will be on the November ballot - have focused on a rather incongruous theme: the way the two candidates … treat dogs.


For thirty years, every time Republican Mitt Romney has put himself up for election, out of the oven pops the same casserole. The case dates back to the summer of 1983, when the former governor of Massachusetts took his family on vacation to Canada. In the back of the family Chevrolet, his five boys left little room for their Irish setter. In the event, Mitt Romney didn’t hesitate to put Seamus - the name of the dog - in a container on the roof of the vehicle, who remained there for the duration of the nine-hour journey.


Obama ate dog


At the height of the Republican primary race, the Newt Gingrich camp – who appears on a Web site [Pets with Newt] that depicts him as the favorite candidate of household pets – didn’t hesitate to use this mini-scandal against Romney. The Democrats also jumped at the chance to promote their president-nominee on the same subject. In January, Barack Obama’ adviser David Axelrod used Twitter to spread a photo of the president's dog Bo seated comfortably next to his owner in the presidential armored car, accompanied by the message, “How loving owners transport their dogs.”



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Now that the election is veering toward an Obama-Romney duel, the conservative camp has decided to mount a counterattack, dealing its own dog into the Democratic card game. The Internet site The Daily Caller exhumed an excerpt from Barack Obama’s 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father, in which Obama admits to having eaten dog at the age of 6 or 7 when he lived in Indonesia. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom retweeted the snapshot of the president with his dog, saying, “In hindsight, a chilling photo.” John McCain, a former presidential candidate now backing Romney also took part in the debate by tweeting a photo of his son’s bulldog along with the comment, “I'm sorry Mr. President, he's not on the menu!”



For observers across the Atlantic, who have dubbed the controversy “Dog-Gate” in reference to the infamous Watergate scandal, the issue at least has the merit of being a source of great amusement.





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