December 26, 2011

FOD Hawaii Edition

Last week, Keith Koffler's White House Dossier reported on the possibility that Bo, the First Dog, had flown to Hawaii and then flown back a few days later for a photo op with Blowie at PetSmart.  The First Lady's office had announced that Bo was flying with the family and an eyewitness in Hawaii had reported seeing the dog - as reported both in Hawaii and in continental stateside media outlets.

After the question of the cost of Bo's jet-setting came up, not only have the media outlets edited their stories to say that the White House claims that Bo did NOT accompany the women on the flight to Hawaii, but the eyewitness has now issued a ridiculously obvious spin doctor-crafted retraction statement:
"It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas."
I ain't buying it.  I would have bought, 'Bo flew back on Air Force one when it returned to the states after dropping the First Family off in Hawaii.'  I wouldn't have liked it any better, but it would have been believable. 

Regardless, the whole family is in Hawaii now.  As Koffler highlighted in other entries, the champion of the $40 middle class tax cut has already had expensive Morimoto sushi and squeezed in a round of golf with friends.

Contrast the $4 million dollar Obama vacation with this story:
A Marine who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the USS Arizona -- divers placed the urn holding Frank Cabiness' cremated remains inside the battleship sunk by the Japanese 70 years ago.
"He said it was because that's where he belonged," the late Marine's son, Jerry Cabiness, said after Friday's solemn ceremony. "He lost all of his friends there and he wanted to be with them."
The divers swam over to the sunken battleship and placed the container inside.
Hawaii-based Marines from the 3rd Marine Regiment performed a rifle salute and taps Friday, some nine years after Cabiness died in Lewisville, Texas, at the age of 86.
Jerry Cabiness said his father always wanted to return to his ship, but his family took some time to fulfill that wish because of some financial problems and the expense of traveling to Hawaii.
"But we finally got it done. And it was a beautiful ceremony. The Marines did him proud," he said.
The American taxpayers fly dogs (with or without the family, it doesn't really dilute the point), maybe they should start filling up the rest of Air Force One with the common man who is just trying to fulfill their father's last wish.

1 comment:

kerrcarto said...

The Obama administration has spun more stories than the Brothers Grimm