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Obama Ate Dog Meat as a Boy

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Much has been made about Mitt Romney putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof in 1983 and driving from Boston to Canada.

Democrats have signaled they have every intention of making sure the American people -- especially dog-lovers -- know the tale.  In January, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president and Bo in a car, with the snide observation: “@davidaxelrod: How loving owners transport their dogs.”

The Romney campaign signaled Tuesday night that they are not about to cede any ground when it comes to a candidate’s odd past with man’s best friend.  And the Obama campaign shot back, with a spokesman suggesting that the Romney team was attacking a child, since the Obama act in question took place when he was a kid.

The Daily Caller noted that in President Obama’s best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, the president recalls being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the president wrote.  “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths.  He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

After his mother married Soetoro, Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 until 1971, from roughly the age of 6 through 10.

The discovery that the president had eaten dog meat prompted wise cracks on twitter and a tweet from Romney strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, who re-tweeted Axelrod’s original message with a different take on the picture of the president and Bo.

"In hindsight, a chilling photo,” Fehrnstrom wrote.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tweeted this in response: "What’s the next attack @EricFerhn and the RNC will surface on a 6-10 year old?”

The Seamus story was discussed again on Monday when Ann Romney told Diane Sawyer that “the dog loved” traveling that way. 

“He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation.  It was to me a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for two weeks,” she said.

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Senior Obama Campaign Staffer Tweets Subtle Attack on Romney

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s senior campaign strategist took a not-so-veiled swipe at Mitt Romney via Twitter on Monday.

David Axelrod tweeted a photo of the president in the backseat of a vehicle, peering out the window alongside first dog Bo.  The caption accompanying the photo was, “How loving owners transport their dogs.”

This unsolicited advice is likely in reference to the infamous story -- as first reported by the Boston Globe -- about a family trip Romney took more than 25 years ago in which he transported his dog in a much different way.

During the former Massachusetts governor’s 2008 run for the presidency, it came out that many years before, he transported the Romney clan from Boston to Ontario, Canada, with the family dog in a carrier tied to the roof.

Coincidentally, the Obama campaign launched a Facebook page called Pet Lovers for Obama on the same day as Axelrod's tweet.  The community page features a magnet with Bo’s photo saying, “I bark for Barack.”  It invites supporters to submit photos of their pets in Obama 2012 gear.

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