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Presidential Pooch Watch

11 Nov

A four-month old puppy that goes by the name "Ears" ...

Ever since president-elect Obama mentioned that his kids are getting a puppy, dog lovers around the world have been panting with anticipation to learn what kind of dog will become first pup.

Obama, who described the decision as a “major issue,” is on the hunt for an allergy-free dog, since daughter Malia is allergic. Seeing that Obama is the first “global president,” it’s not surprising that the Fido frenzy has gone international.

Peru has suggested its native Peruvian hairless dog, a bald, toothless breed, which actually looks cuter than it sounds. (You can get better acquainted with the breed here.) The country even has a specific dog in mind. Nicknamed “Ears,” the four-month-old has been offered formally to the future first family in a letter sent to the U.S. Embassy. If the Obama girls reject the Peruvian pup, we hope it won’t create an international incident.

But if the Obamas want to go American, there are plenty of allergy-free dogs to choose from. In fact, Yahoo! searches on “list of hypoallergenic dogs” surged over 3,000% as the curious researched on their own. Lookups on “goldendoodle,” another low-allergy breed, increased 200%, as well as searches on “obama goldendoodle” and “goldendoodle rescue.” As Obama mentioned himself, the family’s preference is to adopt a dog from a shelter. A shelter dog would likely be, as he joked, “a mutt, like me.”

It may be the first difficult choice of his presidency. But at least this decision will come with unconditional love.

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Media Fawning Leads to Easy Q&As for Obama

11 Nov

What role will the Obama worshipping media play over the next four years? We can hope the media will wake from their infatuation with all things pro-Obama and get back to their ‘real’ jobs as impartial, factual, reporters willing to dig, research, and present the unbiased truth with integrity. In other words, the opposite of the example we have here of NBC reporter Lee Cowan, so infatuated with Obama that he is more groupie than reporter. Let’s hope this is not a sign of how the rest of the media will act in the future.

Via NewsBusters:

NBC reporter Lee Cowan was quite infatuated with Democrat Barack Obama on the campaign trail.

Cowan went so far as to confess on camera with NBC anchor Brian Williams that “it’s almost hard to remain objective” because Obama is so “infectious.” Weeks later in an NBC print promotional, Cowan acknowledged that “my knees quaked a bit” when he learned that he was being tasked with covering Obama.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Cowan earned a front-row seat in the president-elect’s first press conference on Friday — and that he floated a softball when Obama called Cowan’s name from a pre-selected list of questioners. It was the second question of the day.

The question: Will you be able to get an economic stimulus package through Congress before you take office? Obama’s answer: “I want to see a stimulus package sooner rather than later. If it does not get done in the lame-duck session, it will be the first thing I get done as president of the United States.”

It took Obama all of 11 seconds to blurt out that meaty response. Don’t you feel so much more informed now.

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Obama: 50 Facts You May Not Know

11 Nov

 

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50 facts you might not know about our president-elect:

• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

• He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball

• His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili

• His favourite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini

• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

• He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed

• He has read every Harry Potter book

• He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali

• He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can’t stand ice cream

• His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars

• He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia

• He can speak Spanish

• While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead

• His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea

• He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn’t

• He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia

• He can bench press an impressive 200lbs

• He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name

• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

• He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister’s fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived

• His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy

• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books

• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck

• He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.

• His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees

• He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date

• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker

• He doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol

• He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician

• As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine

• His daughters’ ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)

• He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside

• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

• His house in Chicago has four fire places

• Daughter Malia’s godmother is Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita

• He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry

• He uses an Apple Mac laptop

• He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300

• He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits

• He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes

• He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)

• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire

• He was given the code name “Renegade” by his Secret Service handlers

• He was nicknamed “Bear” by his late grandmother

• He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds

• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso

• His speciality as a cook is chilli

• He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were “street urchins”

• He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life

• His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

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