Obama ensnared in ‘flygate’June 19th, 2009 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS
Washington, June 18 (DPA) It turns out US President Barack Obama’s successful swat of a bothersome insect during a taped interview did not fly with animal rights groups.
Pressed by journalists, the animal advocates organization PETA decided to react - albeit with some humour - to Obama’s quick handed killing of the fly, which was aired on television by CNBC.
“I guess it can’t be said that President Obama wouldn’t hurt a fly,” PETA wrote on its blog. “The commander in chief was recently pestered by a fly during an interview. He swatted at the insect and killed the little guy instantly.”
In fairness to the president, he did warn the persistent fly. “Get out of here,” Obama said.
But the insect’s failure to heed the executive order resulted in its executive execution.
Obama snapped his right open palm onto the back of his left hand where the fly had landed. A split second later, the poor thing tumbled dead to a fancy White House rug.
Obama looked down and kicked his victim aside.
“That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it?” Obama said to the praise of aides in the room. “I got the sucker.” After the interview, Obama cleaned up the aftermath himself, using a tissue to dispose of the corpse.
PETA said it had no intention of making an issue of Obama punishing the unwelcome guest, but did so after numerous media inquires. The organization said it was sending the president a “handy-dandy” bug catcher so future intruders can be captured and released outside.
“He isn’t the Buddha,” PETA said of Obama. “He’s a human being, and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act.”
“We support compassion for all animals, even the most curious, smallest, and least sympathetic ones,” the blog said.
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