Animal cruelty runs rampant between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

For some reason in the United States, politicians seem to be thrust upon us who have mistreated animals.  Many have heard about the situation with Mitt Romney and his dog.  On Tuesday, the story took a new turn down the rabbit hole.
Ironically, the story of Seamus was first reported by the Boston Globe in a 2007 report profiling Romney as a problem-solver: “Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family’s hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack. He’d built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog. “Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it. “The ride was largely what you’d expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the ‘white whale.’ “As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ‘Dad!’ he yelled. “Gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours. “As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.”
This is not how this writer would solve the problem or needing more space to transport the dog.  A more appropriate action may have been to rent a larger car, rent a small trailer or U-Haul for the luggage, or to simply have the dog sit inside the car like a loved member of the family. Some of you out there may not understand this, but some people really love their pets.  This writer knows many people who would never vote for Mitt Romney based on his treatment of Seamus.  That a grown man would treat a family pet that way shows this writer a disconnect from the real world.  Mitt Romney may not have been aware of the consequences of his actions, or how his behavior affected his dog, but Romney certainly didn’t care enough to pull over either.  This writer wants a representative who understands that sometimes actions have consequences, unintended or not. Ann Romney came to her husband’s aid regarding Seamus on Monday speaking with Diane Sawyer.
“The dog loved it,” Ann Romney said. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation.  It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks.” “Once, he — we traveled all the time —  and he ate the turkey on the counter.  I mean, he had the runs,” Ann Romney said, laughing as she explained how the dog got diarrhea.
Ann compared the trip to a person riding on a roller coaster.  This writer disagrees.  A roller coaster doesn’t take the rider over 70 MPH for hours straight.  In addition, I have the choice to go on a roller coaster.  Seamus the dog went “crazy” when he saw the crate, but certainly couldn’t speak to say yes or no. In the beginning of this piece, it stated there were “politicians” who mistreated animals.  On Tuesday, the Daily Caller addressed something written in Obama’s book:
“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill 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.”
The Daily Caller piece has turned to jokes, now justifying Mitt Romney’s behavior in comparison to Barack Obama’s behavior.  Although the Jewish and Islamic religions ban eating dog, it is legal in some countries.  It is not, however, appropriate behavior.  This is not a joke. One should not eat a dog and one should not transport a dog on the roof of the car.  The fact that this had to be written in itself is a shame (and that neither has apologized).

25 thoughts on “Animal cruelty runs rampant between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney”

  1. You have no idea what airlines do with animals in the cargo bins and people pay money for the ride.
    Mike Protack

  2. I’m a dog lover and I think the kids packed into the station wagon with the dog on the roof is classic. The dog is just happy to be with the family instead of in jail at some kennel.

  3. There are a lot of things Obama should apologize to America for, eating dog fed to him by his stepfather when he was 6 years old is not one of those things. You eat what your parents feed you when you’re a kid.

  4. …some people really love their pets.

    As long as you didn’t vote for Harry Reid’s pet: “I’m going to be very honest with you — Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He’s my pet.”

    This writer knows many people who would never vote for Mitt Romney based on his treatment of Seamus. That a grown man would treat a family pet that way shows this writer a disconnect from the real world.

    In the real world people eat other animals…

    Mitt Romney may not have been aware of the consequences of his actions, or how his behavior affected his dog, but Romney certainly didn’t care enough to pull over either.

    I don’t want my politicians to care for me. And even if a gender gap emerges based on loving and caring so much, so very much… well, it doesn’t matter. Look at a cold, calculating politician like Obama that journ”o”lists want to frame as so loving and caring. On the other hand, one good thing about Romney is that they would at least keep a closer eye on him and wouldn’t go on and on about how full of love he is in almost Messianic terms.

    In any event, don’t be surprised when it turns out that politicians actually care more about “too big to fail” corporations and don’t care for you like a dog like you wanted them to.

  5. Actually I don’t even want politicians in the central government to care for me as they would a family member either. Just do their job as it is constituted and defined and leave it at that. Is that really so much to ask? But no, we all have to play pretend about how much they care and so on these days.

    And apparently they can’t leave caring to my family, my extended family, my local government and put themselves as the very last in line to care. As honest a position as that would actually be given that they don’t actually care for me like a dog or a family member anyway.

    Are people really this stupid, to think that they actually do care? The American structure of government as it was constituted is based on reality. And in reality, they don’t care.

  6. “The dog is just happy to be with the family instead of in jail at some kennel.”

    Sure he is. This isn’t projection on your part at all, and your political bias has nothing to do with it.

  7. By the way, it’s not “animal cruelty” to eat meat. Cruelty is what you commit while the animal is still alive.

  8. Nothing happened to the dog. Right?

    I guess dogs shouldn’t ride with their heads out the window, either; or, ride in the back of a pickup.

    I would guess that Romney’s dog would rather travel on the roof rather than be an ingredient in Omaba’s soup.

  9. “I guess dogs shouldn’t ride with their heads out the window, either; or, ride in the back of a pickup.”
    Several states and municipalities have laws banning dogs in the back of pick-ups.

  10. Obama needs to apologize for what he was given to eat when he was six, RIGHT NOW.

    He is a sick, sick man to eat what he was told at age six.

    That’s much different from an adult man literally scaring the crap out of his dog. Anyone who cares about dogs knows why that dog got diarrhea – so it obviously didn’t like the ride. But at least he never was told to eat one when he was six!

  11. Anyone who cares about dogs knows why that dog got diarrhea…

    It’s unlikely that being in wind can cause diarrhea in dogs. Some things aren’t worth debating… but yay for the state of political discourse these days though. It’s obviously symbolic of American civilization being on the rise.

  12. “It’s unlikely that being in wind can cause diarrhea in dogs”

    Very true. Dogs love sticking their face in the wind. Diarrhea in dogs (as is the case in both humans and animals) is caused by loss of control of one’s bowels. This in turn is caused by – fear.

    The dog was scared and isolated (and unprotected if there had been an accident).

  13. Nobody is blaming the Romney children for their father’s decision to put the dog on the roof.

    “It’s unlikely that being in wind can cause diarrhea in dogs.”

    These discussions always seem to highlight the folks who obviously either never had a dog or else didn’t understand their dog very well.

    A dog sticking it’s head out of the window of a car during a trip around town is not the same thing as confining that dog to a box on top of the car for a 12 hour trip on interstates. Likewise, a working dog in the back up a pickup truck from one part of the farm to another at relatively low speeds is a different situation. I’ve never seen a dog in the back of a pickup on a highway at 60 miles per hour. Even in the back of a pickup, the dog can see its owner through the back of the cab, and is not isolated and confined.

    I do agree with the observation above that conditions in the cargo area of an airplane are pretty bad, and worse than most people realize. It’s dark, cold, noisy and bumpy. Still, a cross country flight is only six hours, and thoughtful owners will dose the dog with tranquilizers before the flight.

  14. People seem to be ignoring the facts.

    Mitt Romney was a full grown man with children when he strapped the family dog to the top of the car and drove for hours, while Barack Obama was a six year old child living in another country when his stepfather fed him dog.

    Rick, I’m curious, what happened to you when you were six years old and you refused to eat what your parents made for dinner?

  15. Here is a hint for liberals who have lost touch with reality: Dogs go to the bathroom. That has nothing to do with how they are traveling.

    However, when any one of 5 kids feeds a dog something unusual, such as while traveling, any change from their normal diet affects them.

    Was Delaware founded by story tellers? It seems like creative fiction, as opposed to adherence to facts, runs deep in Delaware. It seems that tellng a good story is more important to some people than telling the truth.

  16. Was Delaware founded by story tellers? It seems like creative fiction, as opposed to adherence to facts, runs deep in Delaware. It seems that tellng a good story is more important to some people than telling the truth.

    No, Delaware has been invaded by story tellers and their cronies.

    “I won two counties in 2008 against Joe Biden.”

  17. “Dogs go to the bathroom. That has nothing to do with how they are traveling.”

    Yeah, if you put them in a box for hours and don’t take them out, they will eventually defecate in that box. They will hold it as long as they possibly can, however, because a dog would no sooner defecate in its crate than you would in your living room.

    I’ve traveled long distances by car with dogs. You have to stop and walk them once in a while. Now, I realize that you just keep an empty soda bottle in your car for those occasions when you visit Delaware to stir up trouble because nobody in your own state will have you, but others travel a little differently.

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