John McCaslin

The economy crumbles and the Washington media are mesmerized by the pending arrival of a White House dog.

”It's like the best kept secret in Washington,” Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn told a national television audience recently when contemplating the ultimate choice for an Obama family pooch.

This columnist does not recall Richard M. Nixon's not one, not two, but three dogs being the subject of so much hype. Still, as somebody (Harry S Truman always gets the credit, but there's no proof he ever uttered the line) once suggested: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower took whomever's advice and befriended a Weimaraner who answered to Heidi. Lyndon B. Johnson actually allowed pictures to be taken of his beloved beagles, Him and Her, licking the egg yolk from his large Texas chin.

Mr. Nixon, as previously noted, chased after a trio of canines: a French poodle named Vicky, the Yorkshire terrier Pasha and an Irish setter christened King Timahoe. Gerald R. Ford tossed a stick for his golden retriever named Liberty. Ronald Reagan was always amused by his King Charles spaniel, Rex, and George H.W. Bush adored his springer spaniel Millie (who introduced puppies, including Spot, who later lived at the White House as President George W. Bush's dog).

Nobody, of course, deserved a buddy more than the embattled Bill Clinton. He even named his White House dog Buddy.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

”Are we allowed now to use the president's full name, Barack Hussein Obama? The rules keep changing. One day it's a hate crime, another day a source of pride for the president.”

- Chicago-born columnist, author and an “unapologetic capitalist” Joy Tiz, responding to what some are calling President Obama's “America Stinks” tour of Europe, during which he told an audience in Turkey that America is not a Christian nation

NO JOKE

Former Georgia congressman and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr recalls Ronald Reagan reciting, in jest, the nine most frightening words in the English language: “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”

Now Mr. Barr is calling attention to the 11 words spoken by President Obama when recently announcing that Uncle Sam would now be running General Motors and Chrysler: “Starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty.”


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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