Just in case you’ve maybe been vacationing on Mars and haven’t heard, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney once strapped his Irish Setter, Seamus, into a crate on his car roof for a long road trip. And President Barack Obama ate dog meat as a child while visiting his stepfather in Indonesia.
In what’s being called “Dog Wars,” the 2012 presidential campaign has been focusing a lot on these two incidents recently. And during Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner – considered the Oscars of politics, according to CNN – both Obama himself and host Jimmy Kimmel told plenty of jokes with punchlines about eating dog.
“I know everybody is predicting a nasty election, and thankfully, we’ve all agreed that families are off-limits,” Obama said during his opening monologue. “Dogs, however, are apparently fair game.”
The highlights (or lowlights, as dog lovers who find these jokes in poor, uh, taste, may find them):
“What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull? A Pit Bull is delicious.”
“My stepfather always told me it’s a boy-eat-dog world out there.”
“When you go to a dog park, is this the same as when we look at a tank full of lobsters?”
“Last week we learned the president’s two favorite steaks are rib eye … and seeing eye.”
There was also a fake Romney “Woof Pac” commercial decrying “dog socialism.”
“Under his failed leadership, man’s best friend has been forced into government-controlled automobiles,” the narrator says as a photo displays of Obama and Bo, his Portuguese Water Dog, inside the presidential limo. “Just imagine the European-style dog socialism Obama has planned for the next four years… American dogs can’t afford four more years of Obama. For them, that’s 28 years.”
The first White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner was held in 1920 as a way to improve communication between the press and the president. Celebrities now attend the event as well – among this year’s guests were George Clooney and, appropriately enough, Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who starred in “The Artist.”
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