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PETA Wishes Obama Had Not Killed Fly

From a forgiving Associated Press:

PETA wishes Obama hadn’t swatted that fly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama’s conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn’t, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker."

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama’s voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he’s not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we’re happy to say that we wish he hadn’t."

We are so glad that PETA has forgiven Mr. Obama for his lapse.

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama’s voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Or course Mr. Obama is not the first historical figure to be outspoken against animal abuse.

From the Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler, by Robert Waite:

During the first months after attaining power Hitler signed three separate laws on the protection and treatment of animals. One regulation, dated 14 January 1936, sets forth regulations for all German restaurants: “Crabs, lobsters, and other crustaceans are to be killed by throwing them in rapidly boiling water. When feasible, this should be done individually.”

Not that we are making any comparisons.

For the record, we ourselves actually use a Katcha whenever possible.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “PETA Wishes Obama Had Not Killed Fly”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    PETA’s pissed. Associated Press story via Google.

    PETA wishes Obama hadn’t swatted that fly

    The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

    PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

    During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama’s conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

    “Get out of here,” the president told the pesky insect. When it didn’t, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

    “Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker…”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hNw_VW9Dlp19RvvaxvSLo5TZRwSQD98SQ0606

    Unfortunately the story goes on to say PETA loves TOTUS because of legislation for animal rights.
    Whatever. I’m not surprised they are kool aid drinkers.
    And don’t the fools at PETA know that flies carry germs and disease …

    • canary says:

      Well, I guess they didn’t read he ate dogs in Indonesia, or his enchantment of torturing and beheading the chicken, when he wasn’t chasing them or teasing water-buffalo.. eating dogmeat (tough) snake meat (tougher) grasshoppers( crunchy) . Bet he ate flys too.

    • jobeth says:

      PETA really gets me…

      Forget the flys….save the baby humans!

    • Barbie says:

      What? Did Obama read the fly its ‘Miranda Rights’?

    • Lurkin_no_mo says:

      Love ya, jobeth. I wish we could save more baby humans.
      Hey, are insects like Really animals?
      No warm blood, no fur or hair. Ya know what I mean?
      ….and this is not a defense of The One….just common sense.

  2. untrainable says:

    Can someone explain the difference between animals and INSECTS??

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Animals have a backbone.
      Insects, congress people, senators and president Obeyme don’t!!

  3. caligirl9 says:

    First he’ll start saving flies. Then fleas off the dog.

    Then he’ll start saving rats and mice and other vermin.

    (Bending over to pet my cat [Ryan, in avitar] who is demanding attention.)

    Oh, sorry. Ryan reminds me that TOTUS already saves rats and mice and other vermin. They are frequently called dems and libs.
    Ryan is very wise. ;)

  4. canary says:

    The Obama’s new puppy is environmentally neglected. The water portugese dogs with webbed feet love to swim. They forced it’s migration from Cape Cod.

    • jobeth says:

      Shhhh!

      Replacing the swimming pool in the White House will be Dear Leader’s next stimulus program.

    • canary says:

      Well, I do believe that Obama lost that part of the stimulous request. No revamping the AF helicopter or the WhiteHouse. I think it was NewsWeek, that someone offered them money to redecorate, and Michello said they would do it with their own money. Obama described it as worn and drafty, like an old house.

    • jobeth says:

      “like an old house.”

      Well Duh…Ya think Mr Prez?!

      He’s just too quick for us. LOL

  5. lt matt says:

    What stealth and precision…kind of like he’s done that before. What exactly did he glean from the culture in Indonesia and Kenya? HHMMMM

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Serves the little sucka right buzzing around in a “NO FLY ZONE”!!

  7. xomorrison says:

    PETA wrote a letter to Yassir Arafat during the second intifada condemning him for allowing the use of a donkey in a suicide bombing. Let’s just say their priorities aren’t in order!

  8. VMAN says:

    Barack Obama is “The Lord Of The Flies”!!!!

  9. curvyred says:

    Something about the incident seems staged – call me cynical if you wish.

    I would be shocked if PETA didn’t say something – so no surprise that they did.

  10. DW says:

    The AP follows this earth-shattering story up -and manages to draw a comparison between Obama and Abraham Lincoln…

    Like Obama, Lincoln had run-in with a fly

    By Don Babwin, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    CHICAGO – President Obama launched his campaign from Abraham Lincoln’s hometown, used his bible to be sworn in and quotes Lincoln at the drop of a stovepipe hat.

    Now it seems the two share something else: an encounter with a fly.

    Daniel Weinberg, the owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, has a photograph of Lincoln with a house fly on him.

    Weinberg doesn’t know if the fly survived the encounter or if it suffered the same fate as the one that had the audacity to land on Obama during a television interview Tuesday and found itself on the business end of a presidential hand.

    But Weinberg joked that Lincoln likely let the fly live, something that would have pleased the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which announced it was sending Obama a contraption that traps but does not kill bugs.

    “He was the great pardoner,” pointed out Weinberg.

    Full story:
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2009/06/18/9843981-ap.html

    Thank God there’s nothing more important going on in the world these days…

  11. jobeth says:

    Give O’balmy a break. He acted with decisiveness. He acted with determined swiftness

    Ok, ok…. we will not see in his support for the fight for freedom in Iran.

    And just like while in the senate…He’s voting “present” on that stuff.

    But the fly…..ahhhh, the fly….is a beautiful example of his leadership and ability to tackle controversial issues with fatal results if necessary.

    This is sure to scare the H*** out of the bad guys!

    • caligirl9 says:

      Flies unite!!!! March on Washington, D.C. and make sure to fly by the White House.
      Stop by the organic garden for a nice delicious veggie snack! Then poo on anything you land on!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      They will pull chemical warfare on this horde and then maybe Dinglebarry will get to use the fly whisk his Kenyan relatives gave him. (It did come with instructions, right?)

  12. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    This was just our powerful god of a leader’s way of sending a not too subtle message to Iran and N. Korea!

    Hey I can dream, can’t I?

  13. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Obviously PETA has nothing better to do than to obsess on the trivial. As many many flies as I’ve killed in my lifetime it’s a wonder PETA hasn’t labeled me a genocidal murderer. But then again I’m just an average Joe. And PETA only goes after the high profile people for the publicity it could generate for their cause.

  14. artboyusa says:

    “The Fly”
    by William Blake
    Little fly
    Thy summer’s play
    My thoughtless hand
    Has brushed away.
    Am I not
    A fly like thee?
    Or art not thou
    A man like me?
    For I dance
    And drink and sing
    Till some blind hand
    Shall brush my wing.

    I know President Barometer “writes” books but I wonder if he ever reads English Romantic poetry? If he did, he might know this piece and perhaps stayed his blind hand.

  15. BatK says:

    So PETA is more outraged about a fly than the president’s support of Anti-Semitic genocidal dictators or the 60,000,000 unborn HUMANS that have been murdered in this country?

    Yeah… just checking

  16. Reality Bytes says:

    Flash: Obama Uses Deadly Force…on a fly. Wow! What a Man!

  17. Gila Monster says:

    Obama lied, flies died..!!

    The Obama administration misled us into this barbarism and I voted against killing the fly before I voted for killing it, ….. the horror, …..the horror. ;o)

    • Reality Bytes says:

      “Obama Lied. Flies Died” – Great T. Shirt Gila! Here’s a couple other of my favorites:

      “Don’t Taze Me Bro” – annonymous

      “FUQ IRAQ” – PJ O’Rourke

  18. yadayada says:

    The AP follows up this earth-shattering story -and manages to draw a comparison between Obama and Abraham Lincoln…

    obama is so like Lincoln, the only way I can tell them apart in their photos is one is in color and the other is black and white.

    oh and one has a live fly on him.

  19. tranquil.night says:

    A farmer got pulled over by a state trooper for speeding, and the trooper started to lecture the farmer about his speed, and in general began to throw his weight around to try to make the farmer uncomfortable.

    Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.

    The farmer said, “Having some problems with circle flies there, are ya?”

    The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said–“Well yeah, if that’s what they are–I never heard of circle flies.”

    So the farmer says–“Well, circle flies are common on farms. See, they’re called circle flies because they’re almost always found circling around the back end of a horse.”

    The trooper says, “Oh,” and goes back to writing the ticket. Then after a minute he stops and says, “Hey…wait a minute, are you trying to call me a horse’s ass?”

    The farmer says, “Oh no, officer. I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers to even think about calling you a horse’s ass.”

    The trooper says, “Well, that’s a good thing,” and goes back to writing the ticket.

    After a long pause, the farmer says, “Hard to fool them flies, though.”


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