First Class: Did Bo the Dog Fly Home Alone...On Your Dime?

Kate Hicks

12/22/2011 6:19:00 PM - Kate Hicks

Last week, Bo Obama allegedly landed in Hawaii with the First Lady and the Obama daughters for their Christmas break. But curiously, he appeared beside the President, choosing treats at a PetSmart yesterday...in Washington, D.C.

Did Bo fly home for a photo op with his master? It seems he may have:

 

According to Michelle Obama’s press office, the first dog to go to Hawaii with the first lady and the Obama daughters. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that he in fact had gone there. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted an eyewitness who said he had seen the Portuguese Water Dog having his walk.

Either these reports are mistaken, or Bo was told his vacation was over and that he had to return to the White House to keep a lonely president company – and participate in a silly photo op presenting Obama as an average guy who likes to head out to the PetSmart.

If Bo returned from Hawaii, who paid for his flight?

It’s possible he hitched a ride on a return flight of the Air Force plane that brought Michelle to Hawaii, which wouldn’t have really added much to Michelle’s more than $100,000 price tag for her solo trip.

Though Bo wouldn't have added much to the flight's cost, it's still a stark contrast to the economic hardship many Americans continue to face. President Obama has crossed the country touting the benefits of the additional $40-a-month the payroll tax break would offer families -- and yet, he spent just over that amount purchasing treats for the first dog at said PetSmart outing.

Bo certainly wants for nothing. Frequent vacations, treats galore -- even the First Lady has "Bo Envy." Of course, they're free to manage and spend their money as they will -- but it does reveal how out-of-touch they really are from the effects of sluggish economy. Three days before Christmas, there are people who don't have $40 to spend on their children. And for the President to go out for a photo op buying dog treats?

Woof.