Keith Koffler at White House Dossier wonders:
Bo Obama was supposed to be in Hawaii. Instead, he showed up at President Obama’s side Wednesday shopping for treats at Pet Smart
According to Michelle Obama’s press office, the first dog was planning to go to Hawaii with the first lady and the Obama daughters. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that he in fact had gone there. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted an eyewitness who said he had seen the Portuguese Water Dog having his walk.
So what is Bo doing back in Washington shopping at PetSmart?
Either these reports are mistaken, or Bo was told his vacation was over and that he had to return to the White House to keep a lonely president company – and participate in a silly photo op presenting Obama as an average guy who likes to head out to the PetSmart.
If Bo returned from Hawaii, who paid for his flight?
The President and the First Lady haven’t been ashamed to use his-and-her jets to go on vacation in the past, so why not fly the family dog several thousand miles for a photo op?
It’s just other people’s money.
What’s ironic is that the photo-op was supposed to be one of those that show what a Joe Sixpack Obama is. If it turns out he flew his dog part way around the globe to stage it, that’s not exactly an “everyman” moment.