The late George H.W Bush has passed away. He died over the weekend. The former president was 94. The elder Bush had quite the life: war hero, CIA director, congressman, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, vice president of the Untied States, and RNC chairman. It’s a worthy role model for any person pursing a career in public life. For many, this will be a day of remembrance and mourning. For other, like many of the Left, it will be a day of trashing a Republican, or in this case, his service dog? Over at Slate, where they apparently have a lot of time on their hands, they decided to go ahead with a post trashing the viral video of Bush 41’s service dog laying by his casket prior to being transported by Air Force One to the Washington D.C. Why? I don’t know:
Rethink this— Meg Ely (@Mcely) December 4, 2018
I'm still thinking about that dog article from slate. can you imagine pitching that to an editor?— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) December 4, 2018
"That dog that's sad is a piece of shit."
"Uh... okay why"
"It's not even a pet, it's a service dog"
"It hasn't even known Bush that long"
Ruth must be a blast at parties pic.twitter.com/iELqBEqs4U— Morry Christ-Mos ?? (@molratty) December 4, 2018
Your article dragging Sully the Pup is bad and you should feel bad. https://t.co/u7tBcJ3SHf— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) December 4, 2018
In January 2009, a pilot named Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger steered his struggling aircraft to a safe landing in the Hudson River and became a national hero. Almost 10 years later, a dog named for the pilot has become a beloved “hero” in his own right, and he did it for something much simpler: lying down.
On Sunday night, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath posted a photograph to Twitter depicting a golden Labrador named Sully resting in front of the former president’s casket. The caption read “Mission complete.”
There’s nothing wrong with applying sentimentality when it comes to family pets reacting to their owners’ deaths. There’s even some preliminary evidence from the small field of “comparative thanatology” that animals notice death, and that some may even experience an emotion we might compare to grief. But Sully is not a longtime Bush family pet, letting go of the only master he has known. He is an employee who served for less than six months.
It’s wonderful for Bush that he had a trained service animal like Sully available to him in his last months. It’s a good thing that the dog is moving on to another gig where he can be helpful to other people (rather than becoming another Bush family pet). But it’s a bit demented to project soul-wrenching grief onto a dog’s decision to lay down in front of a casket. Is Sully “heroic” for learning to obey the human beings who taught him to perform certain tasks? Does the photo say anything special about this dog’s particular loyalty or judgment, or is he just … there? Also, if dogs are subject to praise for obeying their masters, what do we do about the pets who eat their owners’ dead (or even just passed-out) bodies?
The photograph, in other words, is not proof that Sully is a particularly “good boy” or that “we don’t deserve dogs,” as countless swooning tweets put it on Monday. On its own, it says almost nothing other than the fact that Sully was, at one point in the same room as the casket of his former boss. This is simply a photograph of a dog doing something dogs love to do: Lie down. The frenzy around it captures something humans love to do, too: Project our own emotional needs onto animals.
Uh, does someone need a hug? Is everything ok over there at Slate? Because I’m not an animal lover in the slightest and this is just one of the most bizarre takes when it comes to hurling mud at a deceased patriot. It’s overreach. It’s liberal garbage. It’s going after a dog…for no real good reason other than he was Bush 41’s service dog? Okay—let’s leave all the politics aside, we’re going to go after a dog? Liberalism is just wallowing in misery—and this pretty much proves it. It just shows that liberal will try and use anything to demean, marginalize, and denigrate anything associated with people they view as evil. They can’t help themselves; they hate the Bush family. They’re happy Bush 41 is dead—and don’t think otherwise. You already see the lengths to which they'll go to vent that hatred. They had to do a post about the Bush service dog. As Trump would say, "sad!" Also, have we forgotten that Obama ate a dog?
OBAMA ATE A DOG. https://t.co/tIx9sCSVk2— Liz S. (@StarChamberMaid) December 4, 2018