President Obama isn’t in the doghouse with one major animal rights group for some canine-related jokes he made at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
During his remarks, Obama made several references to eating dog meat as a child with his stepfather in Indonesia, a story that he recounted in his book, Dreams From My Father.
Mitt Romney staffers cited the Obama tale after the Republican presidential candidate was criticized for admitting that he transported his dog, Seamus, in a crate on the roof of his car during a 1983 road trip.
At the dinner, Obama cracked about his upbringing, “That is pretty rough, but I cannot take it, because my stepfather always told me it is a boy-eat-dog world out there.”
In another one-liner, the president said, “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? A pit bull is delicious.”
But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals isn’t biting back at the president’s unappetizing words about man's best friend.
In a statement to ITK, the organization wrote, “President Obama’s joke was obviously a play on Sarah Palin’s well-known hockey mom/pitt bull joke and isn’t indicative of his love for dogs as family members.”