Obamas Should Have Got a Cat

By Cole

You first read it right here in the beginning. Yul said that the Obamas’ dog, Bo, needed the Dog Whisperer because every time we saw Bo, he was dragging an Obama family member around by his leash.

Now the Dog Whisperer himself, Cesar Millan, has weighed in, and he agrees with Yul. Bo may live in the White House, but he definitely needs to learn his place. Here’s the transcript of what Millan told Lesley Stahl on CBS Sunday Morning. And here’s video of him saying it.

Millan thinks George W. Bush’s dog, Barney, also had control issues, and points out that it’s ridiculous to see the reputed leader of the free world being yanked by a dog. It sends precisely the wrong message about U.S. strength to people like Putin, Amadinejahd, Netenyahu, Kim Jong Il, Chavez, and every other tough guy out there.


Who's the boss? (Photo - Gary Fabiano)


And that’s why, when picking a First Pet, if Obama had considered precedent he would have said, “To heck with Malia’s cat allergy; we’ve got presidential healthcare now. My doctor can cure her. Yes he can. We’re going to adopt a cat.”

He should have realized that never in the history of this country has a U.S. president been photographed getting schlepped around by his cat: Not Lincoln, Hayes, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Clinton, or Bush II. Not even Martin Van Buren, and he had 2 tiger cubs.

That’s because if a cat is expected to play second fiddle, he just won’t play at all. A president’s image suffers no harm if nobody knows his cat is lurking (and smirking) under his Oval Office desk, whereas a boisterous presence like Bo is virtually impossible to hide.


5 Responses to Obamas Should Have Got a Cat

  1. zappa says:

    Hi Cole!
    A long time ago,President Johnson used to pick his beagles up by the ears.Even though,they looked miserable ,he insisted to photographers that it was good for them.They just don’t make presidents like they used to.


  2. adele says:

    Cole, I think it was Harry Truman, who said, “If you want a friend in this town, get a dog.” Interesting how most presidents have taken that to heart.

    I always wondered how India, the Bush’s cat felt about living with them. Too bad she couldn’t think and type like you guys, but I guess her blog would have been censored.

  3. catsworking says:

    Zappa, I wonder how Johnson would have liked it if someone had picked him up by HIS ears? The beagles had nothing on him.

    Adele, I don’t know when the camera was invented, but it seems no president before Lincoln had a cat. I guess they knew the chances of somebody doing a quick painting of them while their dog acted up were pretty slim.

    From all accounts, and what I’ve read in the archives here, India Bush didn’t have a lot of use for the family, preferring to spend most of her time under beds. And she checked out (literally) before they could take her back to Crawford in 2009, so I think that made a pretty strong statement about her feelings on sharing a smaller place with Barney and Miss Beasley.

  4. Tuxi says:

    Hi Cole! I can only imagine why Barney Bush wanted to be in power, and he would’ve been a smarter prez than W! Prez Obama should’ve gotten a cat! We don’t have the need to drag the leader of the US around. All we need to do is show a bared claw to be in charge! P.S. OK if I give my Twitter name? It’s Tuxicat10. Please visit!

  5. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, I agree with you that the right cat, perched on a corner of the desk in the Oval Office, oozing with dignity (but also with the threat of claws and fangs he isn’t afraid to use), would have done wonders to raise our standing as a superpower. Instead, Obama’s showing himself to be at the beck and call of a big floppy, drooling dog. What kind of message does that send?

    And we will definitely check out your tweets!

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