Should Obama accept dog as a gift?

United States
April 13, 2009 6:00pm CST
Since this is from a Senator,wouldn't this be considered a gift to curry favor from the President?Matbe I'm wrog,but it seems a little fishy to me.What do you think?
8 responses
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I think you are really nitpicking here. What American doesn't have the right to accept a reasonable gift for his children from a friend? Doesn't it stand to reason that a former senator would have friends in the senate especially among his on party? If this had been a very costly gift from a foreign official or from a CEO wanting help from the White House, I could see your point. But you're over the edge on this one. You're implying that the president of the US has no business accepting any gift from anyone the entire time he is in office and that is just plain ridiculous.
• United States
14 Apr 09
What American doesn't have the right to accept a reasonable gift for his children from a friend? All elected officials and their families. That is who does not have the right to except gifts from a friend. Especially when that friend is a politican trying to get a number of key bills he wrote pushed through congress in a hurry.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Oh, in other words there will be no Christmas, birthday, welcome home, graduation or glad to have you as a friend gifts given to any in office official in this country. Lots of luck with enforcing that one - It's ridiculous and you know it.
• United States
16 Apr 09
actually it is enforced. They can send cards, small gifts. Nothing of any real money value. Nothing worth over $50.00 THat puppy was worth more than that.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Senator Ted Kennedy doesn't want or need to curry favor from the president. He's seriously ill, one of the most respected members of the senate and as someone has already pointed out, a member of the same party. I don't believe that everything is politically motivated so, in this case, no it doesn't seem fishy to me.
• United States
14 Apr 09
actually ted kennedy needs to curry a lot of favor with Obama and congress right now. He is dying. There a lot of pieces of legislation that he has been working on most of his career that he has got to pass now or not at all because he is dying. . Which means he needs all the support he can get. He does not have time to wait around. So I think him giving them to dog was not a very good move publicly. Especially with all the key bills he personally wrote that he is trying to get passed. He has more to gain or lose right now than a lot of other politicans.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I think you need to get a life!
• United States
14 Apr 09
LOL!!!The next time you have a thought,just let it go.It doesn't do anyone any good.
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
14 Apr 09
OH lets get real - after all it is just a dog and it is mainly for those two precious little girls because Obama promised them a dog. Ted Kennedy doesn't need to curry any favours. The man is on his last legs health wise. At least when he is gone the Obama family - in the White House or not will have something to remember him by. I think it was a nice gesture of the Obama's to accept the dog.
• United States
14 Apr 09
Actually I was wondering how they got around that. There are laws about the president receiving gifts. Who he can and can not accept gifts from and how much they can be worth. So I will have to look into this to see how they got the dog through a loop hole. I mean come on the man is a multi millionaire. Can't he buy his kids a dog?
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I'd be willing to assume that unless someone is in your family (or another loved one) 99% of the time you give a gift it's to curry favor on some level. But that aside, it's only a pet. I wouldn't go as far to say fishy. Everyone is going to suck up to the President. That's what he's there for lol
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
14 Apr 09
It's just a dog. I wouldn't be surprised though if it was done this way to get around all the PETA morons who were trying to dictate what kind of dog he should and shouldn't buy. Either way, it's just a dog.
• United States
13 Apr 09
You are wrong One. This is a gift from a member of his own party, who has a short time to live. I don't think that this is anything at all to worry about at all, they agree on almost everything right now.