I should care why, exactly?

Obama's dog - Dog that is now at the White House with the Obama family
@fwidman (11515)
United States
April 15, 2009 1:19am CST
Okay, so Obama and family have a new dog. Whoopee I know this has delighted Shelly, and you can read her discussion about the dog elsewhere on mylot. Unless this dog learns how to talk on the "hotline" or push the button that sends missiles flying all over the world, why should I care? Is having a dog going to make Obama a better President? I've never heard a President say that his term was a successful one because of his dog. But, hey, Obama is an historical President, maybe he will. Or, maybe he will say things like "I tried to solve the nation's problems, but my dog wouldn't let me" or, " I had the solutions to all the nation's problems but the silly dog ate all my homework" So, tell me, just why should I care that there is a dog at the White House??
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I think you should care deeply really, it is just cute news. Don't you think we deserve cute news for a chance? Instead of I do not know, more bad news?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I should? But I don't give a darn! Now, if they teach the dog how to attack Congresspeople that want to make a mess of things instead of fixing the country's problems, then I will care deeply
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Now why would this precious dog waste his time at Congress? I believe he has to stay in the White House, I mean to protect the country since his owner is flying to Mexico City to discuss the cartel violence, I hope Obama takes lots of secret service and quite frankly not so secret heavily armed men with him to go to that town, he will need more than a couple you know..,. mmmm..........outta of topic, hehehe.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
If he is going to Mexico he had better take a lot of protection with him, that's true. And some water! hee hee hee
• Australia
15 Apr 09
Tell ma about it!!! It was just all over our news tonight here in Australia!! As far as I'm concerned who cares that he has a dog??? No one else gets to be on the news when they adopt a dog!! Fair enough he's President but he's still human like the rest of us...I would even say the same about our Prime Minister.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Must have been a terribly slow news day in the land down under then Does your PM have a dog?
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• Australia
15 Apr 09
I think he has a cat & dog... I do know that he's hardly in the country & that he has 2 boys & is from near where I grew up but that's about it.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Two pets and two kids? That's a great match up :)
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@bellaofchaos (11549)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I don't know why any of us should care, to me that just was a waste of valuable news space. The dog is going to make him do his job better or make him stick by the promises he made in his campaign. Sigh.. what doesn't the media consider the news these days?
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• United States
16 Apr 09
sorry I meant to say the dog isn't going to ....
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
It's okay, I knew what you meant Nothing is going to make him keep his campaign promises, and why should he keep them? He only said what he needed to say to get elected, just like the rest of the politicians in office. Why buck political history? Sometimes I'd swear that the average newsperson wouldn't know the news if it fell in their lap
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• United States
16 Apr 09
Here here.. I agree to that. LOL!!!
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@gadnynj (75)
• Bayonne, New Jersey
16 Apr 09
So, you expressed that you don't care. OK. The truth is that household pets like dogs and cats do bring some benefits to a household, whether it's the white house your your house. Dogs and Cats sense when a loved one is in distress and react in a way that distracts loved one in a positive and healthy way. Dogs and Cats are creatures of habit and stability and what that is changed their reaction, again, brings attention to the love one in a positive and healthy way. There are plenty of benefits to the household, and if that is present and available to our president, that's a good thing. Now, why should you care? That is a question that is silly, selfish and envious in nature. Now the real question you should be asking yourself is why are such a sour person?
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I am a sour person because I am old and retired and I just don't give a rat's behind about the President or his family or his pets. I do care about my own pets and I agree that they are beneficial to a person. What I'd prefer the news media cover is what the hell is this idiot and the idiots in Congress doing to help the average American to survive this lousy economy? These things seem much more important tome than the man has a new dog
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
17 Apr 09
I do venture out into the community from time to time, I'm not that old nor that crippled I agree that there are still good people in this world. As to whether or not Obama is one of them is still up for debate. I applaud you for the work you do with helping others
@charblaize (1028)
• United States
15 Apr 09
It is nice and all that they adopted a dog. That isn't all unusual many of us just get strays but I still feel he has alot more to do than to walk, feed, and play with his dog. He needs to get our country back on track, our economy back up again, and quit putting us Americans down.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
It would be very nice if he would help most Americans get back to a point where they could afford to feed their pets and keep their homes so that the pets have a place to stay
• United States
15 Apr 09
Yea, I would like to be able to stay in my home or even get a home for that matter. there is alot that he is going to have to fix, would be nice for Bill Clinton or an old day President could come back.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Yep, Obama has a lot more to worry about than some dog
• United States
15 Apr 09
Ya know, it's hard for me to get excited over the dog in the White House... I guess the economy seems to have gobbled up all my interest! lol! Who is Shelly? Hey! nice shoes! :)
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• United States
15 Apr 09
ooooooooohh! ok.. thanks mjlkmnop! nice shirt! is it new?
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• United States
15 Apr 09
not at all! I think it brings out your eye color and with a tiny bit of lip gloss.. you would make Paris Hilton jealous!
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
15 Apr 09
Shelly would be mylot user ShellyB. Yep, she's the boss, alright
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I agree with you, talk about a waste of news coverage. What I also found a little puzzling is why did he have to bribe his kids with a dog? According to several articles I read, he promised his kids a dog only if he won the election...why?? Does Chicago ban dogs? Did the kids have to earn the dog by being cute and ladylike during the election? Why did they have to wait all the way till he got elected unless...maybe he made them wait just to use it as publicity...I don't know but like you said, why should anyone care that they got a dog. I wonder if their going to make it news when they buy new underwear or his wife shaves her legs, or one of the kids gets her first monthly. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I definitely do not want to know when, or if, she shaves her legs noe do I remotely care to know when the child gets her first monthly
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Jun 09
LOL I'm sure it'll make national headlines [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@suzzy3 (8351)
21 Apr 09
He had kept his promise to his kids which is nice maybe he will work just as hard to help get us all out of this mess.He is a family man and a man that cares about his family is one I would like to have something to do with.xxx
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Bush was a family man and look at the mess he made of things
@suzzy3 (8351)
22 Apr 09
That's true.
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• United States
16 Apr 09
Haha, this was just too funny not to respond. I was thinking the same thing. I don't give a rats behind about the dog either. Gosh, maybe the dog will save the economy or something, you never know! :-) That piece of news was a waste of my time. You would think they saved the universe by the big deal the media made out of this. If I get a dog can I have it splashed all over the news?
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
If I get a dog can I have it splashed all over the news? Only if you become President of the United States
• United States
16 Apr 09
haha, well, I think we should include, only if I become the first black, oops, african american president.
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@taface412 (3175)
• United States
16 Apr 09
It seems typical the news would cover this as a "hot story" and other than his tail he is a cute dog (never was into all that shaving on dogs). Plus, with his wife, children and MIL in the House I think that excuse about the dog won't work out well.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Sometimes I wonder how the news people get into their heads what constitutes a hot story and what doesn't. I remember a few weeks back when all the news channels were covering Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees talking about when, years ago, he had done steroids. Meanwhile the President was traveling around getting ready to give a press conference and they should have been following Obama, not A-Rod. Seems like America has become way too celebrity fanatic
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Obama seems to be newsworthy as a celebrity as well. but I agree the news should focus on what he is doing since he is the President and officially not a celeb.
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• United States
12 Jun 09
Well, this is what I think, First, they said don't vote for him just because he is black. That color did not matter. Then, I was told don't vote or not vote for him because he is Muslim. Then, it was don't vote or not vote for him because he is a new Christian. O.K. Now, it is he has a dog. You know with him I can never tell if I am coming or going. Because, he uses the fact that he is the first Black President. And, he uses his connection on being a Muslim to talk to the other Muslim's. And, he uses the fact that he is a new Christian to make the Christian's happy. So, I guess with the dog he is trying to get the animal lovers to keep him or maybe he is working on the future votes through the kids who love doggies. I don't know I have two dog's and they only time I get attention from anyone about having them is when they bark or need to go out to the bathroom. LOL **Peace and Love get's you through everything in Life** P.S. Vote for me I have two doggies now! Says President Obama in next election.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I hear you. I don't know with Obama if I am coming or going either. Hell, I don't think Obama knows if HE is coming or going
@Ritchelle (3795)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
actually, my post is not exactly a reaction to the obamas' dog but a thinking that the press got so tired with past american presidents and their womanizing or crazy antics that they are resorting to the kennedy type of publicity that happened almost like 50 years ago. this is the same formula that got the obamas there, i believe, in the white house and they sure are obviously keeping it up.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
3 Jun 09
If the press had been as they are today during JFK's presidency, we might have learned more about his womanizing (with Marilyn Monroe?) or maybe some of the other antics of his famous brothers But, back then we were still too busy being in the Cold War so we as a nation didn't care that much for what the President did or did not do
@savypat (20245)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Having a dog is part of the trappings of being President, it's suppose to make him more approachable, after all if he's kind to a dog he must be kind to the country. I remember when Linden Johnson pulled his beagle's ears to make him yelp the whole country chastised him for it and we didn't have internet yet. You can only imagine what would happen if a President did that now.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
17 Apr 09
With all the troubles that poor LBJ had, I'm sure that having the populace upset because his dog yelped must have seemed rather trivial to him. I liked LBJ and felt very sorry for the mess he ended up in, his advisors were not very good at giving him great advice
@csrobins (1124)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I totally agree. I am so sick of hearing about that dog, and I'm a dog lover. I got a new dog...and it's cuter. Does anyone care about that? Nope. Whatever these people do is made huge by teh media, and I know they will be getting more attention being teh president's family and all., but the dog topic has got to be dropped. This is taking it too far. Surely there is more interesting stuff to discuss.
@csrobins (1124)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Haha I hope its about his time in bed. I would say s*x but I have adult content not allowed here for some reason
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@jerzgirl (8170)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
16 Apr 09
Even as a supporter of Pres. Obama, I don't understand the significance, the "must have" idea, of getting a dog once someone is in the White House. Why didn't they have one before? It wasn't like they didn't have enough money to keep one or enough room. They're only getting one now because of the election. I don't get that at all. Not at all. The Clintons came into the White House with a cat - but Billy boy was pressured into getting a dog. Why? Is the "First Pet" really that important to National Security that we require that one exist and then insist that it be a dog? I just don't get it. Not at all.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I do not get it either. I guess we didn't cover that subject when I studied Government in high school. Or maybe I was absent the day they did
@frygirl (382)
• United States
16 Apr 09
thank you very much for posting your comment on this subject i agree whole heartedly with you we didnt elect the dog to run the country some people elected obama for the job and yes i say some people because i was not one of them and very proud of it.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Although I have always been a Democrat, I didn't vote for Obama either. I didn't think he was the best person for the job and now that he is there I still do not think he is the best person for the job
@hmkoct5 (2065)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I agree with you! This has been driving me crazy. Showbiz Tonight on CNN talked about this issue almost every single day! I thought it was cute to begin with, but then it just became grating. I am glad they finally got the dog. I hope their family enjoys it, but I am seriously tired of hearing about this! I know there is so much more important information to be heard. I understand that all news doesn't have to be bad news and I'm glad that they are reporting on something fun and good. But, why can't we hear about triumphs of our soldiers overseas or scientific breakthroughs that could save lives. There has got to be more important "good" news than this!
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Take heart, maybe Paris Hilton will mess up somewhere and the news media will forget all about Obama and his dog I'm all in favor of good news, but a new dog isn't it. Have we as a nation become such celebrity fanatic that now even our politicians are considered celebrities and must be covered on Showbiz Tonight? That is sad
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
16 Apr 09
It's not unusual for people to take an interest in the pet who is currently occupying the White House, fwidman. Presidential pets have long been a favorite topic of conversation among the general populace. In fact, some of them have become famous beyond any reasonable expectations. Off the top of my head I can even name a few of them such as Fala or Socks. The popularity of these pets also serves to familiarize us with breeds which we have previously known little or nothing at all about - for instance, I had never heard of a Portuguese Water Dog until now.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I must have been traveling in the wrong circles through this life, as I've never heard anyone talk about the Presidential pets. Maybe blue collar workers just didn't care enough to talk about pets other than their own Portugese Water Dog? Who gives these animals such strange names anyways?
@34momma (13891)
• United States
16 Apr 09
LOL i am with you! i love the president and his family. however i don't care if they got a new dog, new cat, or a new haircut!! something are on a need to know basis! i mean give us a break. I want to know what is going on about me finding a second job. I want to know what the president is doing to make the cost of milk and bread go down!!! so if the press is reading this, please stick to the issues at hand!! keep us up to date on what is going on to take some of the stress and strain off the american people!! if the president wants to change toliet paper, of go from Newports to Kools, keep that sh*t to yourself!!!!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
The news media would cover those important issues if there was actually something going on, but I do not think there is. Obama isn't worried about the cost of milk and bread anymore, he is in the Oval Office now.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
16 Apr 09
How old is his daughters, why haven't they had a dog before, the one is so allergic to animals, but yet as soon as he gets to be president they HAVE to have a dog. There is another discussion on here about the dog, didn't set well with one lady because I ask the same question, what is the big deal. Why is it so important. That discussion revolved around the fact that he made a statement that he was saving one from the pound. Now if his daughter has such alergic reactions from animals, then he knew way before he become president that he could not go to the pound and get a mut. But his statement was that was what they was going to do. Once he got into the white house all of a sudden, they could not adopt from the pound because there probably wasn't a chance of getting a dog that was hypoallerigenic, or how ever you spell it. So Ted Kennedy steps up and gives them a pure breed dog. Now I was told that this dog will be taken care of by the super that works there, will feed it, bathe it, and clean up when it pukes on the floor. I thought having a dog you took the good and the bad with it. But apparently if you president then you got someone else to clean up the mess, so they take him out play with him for an hour and put him back. I could care less if they have a dog or not, dont' see the really great importance in it. That it should be such a great front page story. But then he is a entertainer and he like to be in the spot light. I guess it is suddently all right to get a dog, if you got some one else to clean up the poop and puke when it gets sick. Wasn't that important in all the years before when his daughter's wanted a pup was it. Just another show as far as I'm concerned.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I don't know how old the kids are, heck I don't even know how old he is But, I will say he is a typical politician here, saying one thing and doing another. Nice that he has someone to actually take care of the dog, God forbid the President should have a dog and clean up those messes by himself