The politics of presidential pups

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Why the politics of presidential pups matters:

It’s fair to say that a president’s relationship with his dog goes a long way toward humanizing the Commander in Chief for the average American. Truman famously said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” and while this probably does explain a presidential predilection for their canine pets, it’s a collateral bonus that being perceived as a loving pet owner hardly hurts when it comes to the ballot box. Obama’s campaign team has been forthright in their plans to capitalize on Romney’s dog troubles, and on January 30th, David Axelrod tweeted out a picture of Obama and Bo in the presidential limo with the subtle-as-a-jackhammer caption, “How loving owners transport their dogs.”

David Graham is surprised that the Seamus story still has legs:

In addition to the latest car stunt, Dogs Against Romney has organized an anti-Romney protest outside the Westminister Dog Show. Demonstrators have appeared at primary events across the nation to remind attendees of the incident. Ann Coulter has weighed in, apparently revealing that she is not only able to communicate with dogs but is also able to channel the thoughts of dead ones. … Someone with decent editing skills and too much free time has painstakingly grafted Romney’s head into a scene from National Lampoon’s 1983 Vacation (come to think of it, there are some similarities between Chevy Chase and Romney). It’s joined by countless clips of news anchors talking about the incident — in case you’re unsure where the roof of a car is, CNN’s Jeanne Moos has a handy demonstration — and a plethora of poorly animated spots like this one.

Tazi Phillips runs through the 44 presidents and their pets.

Via The Daily Dish. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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