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BLOG: This week in phony outrage -- Obama ate dog meat!

Tom Jackson • Apr 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM


HIS HORRIBLE ACTION: Wrote about eating dog meat as a child.

For months, Mitt Romney fans have smarted over the endless recirculation of a story that he once transported a family dog in a carrier on top of his car, an incident that supposedly illustrates his poor regard for animals.

This week, Obama's detractors struck back with with an accusation of their own -- Obama ate dog meat as a child, and bragged about it as an adult!

As the Wall Street Journal's James Tarango wrote in his Best of the Web column, Obama wrote (in his autobiography, "Dreams of My Father,") that With Lolo [Obama's stepfather], 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)."

Taranto spent much of last week Tweeting jokes such as, "On the bright side, dogs are haram, so this should put to rest the Muslim rumors."

Depending on how you look at it, it's going to be either a very long campaign season or a weirdly amusing one.

Dave Weigel at Slate has a good piece about how the Romney campaign is using this sort of thing to bond with the conservative base and deal with media bias. 

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